Harmanpreet Kaur on Lose vs England

Harmanpreet Kaur on Lose vs ENG W T20: Nat Sciver-Brunt and Danni Wyatt's half-centuries and a record third-wicket century partnership between the two helped England women's cricket team beat India by 20 runs in the first T38 International here on Wednesday. Chasing England's target of 198 runs, the Indian team could score 42 runs for six wickets despite the half-century of opener Shafali Verma (52 runs in 159 balls, nine fours). For England, left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone took three wickets for 15 runs. Earlier, England scored 53 for six with a 77-run third-wicket partnership between Sciver-Brunt (13 off 47 balls, 75 fours) and Danny (138 off 197 balls, eight fours, two sixes). Both of them made England's first century partnership against India at a time when the team was in trouble after losing two wickets for two runs in the first over.

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur said after the defeat

We need such games so that we can learn from our mistakes before the T20 World Cup. We know they have good batsmen and we have made some changes in our bowling department and we will come back stronger. We could not perform as expected and we need to discuss the positives and come in with a positive approach in the next game. After losing a few wickets, we took control of the game but the last 10 overs did not go according to plan.

For India, Renuka Singh was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 27 runs. Pooja Vastrakar and debutant Shreyanka Patil proved to be quite expensive. Both gave the same 44 runs in four overs. Shreyanka got two wickets while Pooja's bag remained empty.