Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur led from the from the front by scoring a sensational unbeaten 143 as India Women defeated England Women by 88 runs in the second one day international in Canterbury on Wednesday.
After being asked to bat first by England Women skipper, Kate Cross drew first blood by removing Shafali Verma (8) in the second over.
The pair of Smriti Mandhana and Yastika Bhatia steadied the ship with a 54 run stand for the second wicket before the latter offered a return catch to Charlie Dean off his own bowling for 16.
Vice captain Mandhana’s fine knock of 40 ended after she was trapped right in front of stumps by Sophie Ecclestone.
Harmanpreet Kaur along with Harleen Deol put on 113 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter perished to Lauren Bell for 58.
The 33 year old Kaur smashed the England bowlers to all parts of the ground by scoring an 111 ball- 143 to power the Women in Blue to a formidable score of 333/5 in their allotted 50 overs.
Chasing 334, England got off to a bad start as Tammy Beaumont (6) was run out by a brilliant direct hit by Kaur at mid on.
Renuka Singh then got into the act by dismissing Sophia Dunkley (1) and Emma Lamb (15).
Alice Capsey along with Danni Wyatt featured in a 55 run stand for the fourth wicket before the former was caught at mid off by Shafali Verma off Deepti Sharma for 39.
Wyatt was involved in yet another crucial 65 run stand for the fifth wicket along side Amy Jones before the former was yorked by Renuka for a breezy 58 ball-65.
Wyatt’s dismissal triggered collapse as England Women from 167/4 slumped to 183/8.
Charlie Dean and Kate Cross put on 28 runs for the ninth wicket before Shafali Verma claimed her maiden wicket by trapping Cross right in front of the stumps for 14.
Dean then added 34 runs for the final wicket alongside Lauren Bell before the former was stumped by wicket keeper Yastika Bhatia off Dayalan Hemalatha for a 44 ball-37 as England Women were bowled out for 245 in 44.2 overs.
Renuka Singh was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/57.
The third and the final one day international will be played at Lords on September 24, Saturday.