The spin duo of Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma scripted India’s dramatic comeback with a tidy death on spells that helped the visitors tie the series with an eight-point victory over England in the second T20 feminine here on Sunday.
England, who needed 33 scrambles on 30 balls with six wickets in hand, collapsed under the pressure generated by the Indian spinners who were complemented well by their defensive players.
Shafali Verma’s 48 out of 38 balls had allowed India to post 148 for four after being put to bat.
Offie Sneh Rana defended 14 points in the final to cap off an impressive bowling effort from the spinners.
Leggie Poonam finished two for 17 in four overs and Deepti one for 18 in four overs. The England heats saw India make four outings.
The series decider will be played on Wednesday.
England were in charge for most of the chase and had reached 52-for-two in the first six overs despite losing cheap Danielle Wyatt and fit Nat Sciver.
Sciver was exhausted in a rather interesting way as wicket keeper Richa Ghosh came running back to perform a direct hit after failing to collect a large delivery.
Unlike the India innings, the loss of the first wickets did not affect the tempo of the innings as the English hitters continued to cross the line.
Indian coaches Shikha Pandey and Arundhati Reddy were temperamental and offered Beaumont far too many short balls which she duly sent across the cover and backstitch area.
England were sailing with Tammy Beaumont (59) and skipper Heather Knight (30) in the middle, but after being returned from successive balls in the 14th by Deepti Sharma, it made it much more difficult for the hosts who had still need 43 out of the last 36 balls.
India then tightened the noose on self-defeating opposition.
Previously, India had not been able to capitalize on a blazing start provided by Shafali.
A flurry of limits from Shafali helped India reach 47 for no loss in four overs.
The 17-year-old produced the kind of shots she’s known for. She swept left arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone for a four and six before crushing point guard Katherine Brunt for up to five stakes in a row.
Brunt, who had dismissed Shafali in the first T20, had no response to the Indian’s dismissive blows, including five limits including one slap in front of the melon and three in the cow corner.
Ecclestone bounced back strongly in his follow-up, playing with a young girl and dropping a tough comeback hold from Shafali.
The more experienced Smriti Mandhana (20 of 16) was happy to be a spectator at the other end.
However, the game changed after Shafali and Mandhana fell into a three-ball space.
A poorly shaped Harmanpreet (31 of 25), who promoted to number three, and Deepti Sharma (24 of 27) struggled to maintain the score rate.
The Indian skipper finally secured a release with a deep midwicket lift from the Mady Villiers spin after descending the track.
The innings had lost the momentum created by the opening games with India hitting 102-for-two in 15 overs.
Running out of time, Harmanpreet dropped the Sarah Glenn leggie for a four and six in the 16th before falling to a brilliant catch from Brunt for a long time.
A few much needed limits from Deepti and Sneh Rana brought India closer to the 150-race mark. India have collected 46 points in the last five overs.