India Women posted their second highest total of 333/5 in ODIs
Harmanpreet Kaur was unbeaten on 143 in 11 in the 2nd ODI
India beat England by 88 runs in the 2nd ODI and took an unassailable 2-0
Harmanpreet Kaur's India made a statement in England by winning the ODI series for the first time since 1999. The visitors made history with an 88-run win in the second match when Harmanpreet anchored the match with her hundred.
Harmanpreet's blitzkrieg saw India post their second-highest total of 333/5, as bat was put up on Wednesday, September 21. Things were in control for England at the end of 40 overs, but it soon became a nightmare for India. for young England footballers.
England got a late breakthrough when Kate Cross bowled Shafali Verma cheaply for eight. But Smriti Mandhana and #3 Yastika Bhatia recovered quickly. England managed to dismiss Bhatia (26) and Mandhana (40) quickly.
Harmanpreet Kaur's brilliant century and four wickets for Renuka Thakur helped India to a comfortable win in the second ODI. However, Harmanpreet Kaur and Harleen Deol took their time in between before pressing the accelerator button.
The duo put on a 113-run partnership for the fourth wicket, taking India past the 200-run mark en route to Deol hitting his first ODI fifty. Lauren Bell got the much-desired breakthrough in the 40th before witnessing Harmanpreet's ballistic attack on goal. In the last decade, India added 121 runs, with Harmanpreet scoring 43 from 11 balls to remain unbeaten on 143.
The Indian captain's 111-ball innings were peppered with 18 limits and four maximums. For England, all bowlers were hammered, with debutant Freya Kemp returning with 1/82.
In reply, England got off to a terrible start, losing three and eight wickets. Experienced flyhalf Tammy Beaumont made a tough trip to the locker room when Harmanpreet's direct tackle found her short. Danni Wyatt (65) and Alice Capsey (39) gave the visitors some hope before Deepti Sharma ended their 55-run stand by dismissing Capsey.
England captain Amy Jones was a famous last shot, but going up the hill without experienced support at the other end proved too much for her. England were eventually bowled out for 245 from 45 overs, with Renuka Singh returning with a four-wicket haul.
India will look to complete a clean sweep against England when the two sides meet for the third and final ODI at Lords on September 24.