WATCH: Natalie Sciver survives despite edging the ball off Shikha Pandey in Tri-Nation T20 Women’s Series

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 07/02/2020

Natalie Sciver survives: The English all-rounder received a major reprieve from the umpire while on her way to her match-winning knock.

During the fourth match of the ongoing Australia Tri-Nation Women’s T20 Series between England and India at the Junction Oval, England all-rounder Natalie Sciver received a major reprieve during the business end of the match.

It all happened on the first delivery of the 17th over when Sciver’s attempt of playing a scoop against a Shikha Pandey delivery saw her guiding the ball to India wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia.

In what wasn’t just another edge, the ball had came off the face of the bat which invited a long appeal from the Indian bowler and keeper. However, umpire Claire Polosak not raising her finger meant that Sciver would continue to bat and march towards her fifth T20I half-century.

Chasing a mediocre 124-run target, England sealed the chase in the penultimate over on the back of Sciver scoring 50 (38) with the help of six fours and a six before getting out in the 18th over. With bowling figures of 4-0-23-3, India spinner Rajehwari Gayakwad was the pick of their bowlers.

After England captain Heather Knight won the toss and chose to field, her bowlers did pretty well to restrict India to 123/6 in 20 overs. While English medium-pacer Anya Shrubsole picked three wickets, all-rounder Katherine Brunt and spinner Sophie Ecclestone picked two and one wicket respectively.

Having scored 45 (40) with the help of seven fours ans a six, India opening batter Smriti Mandhawa was their highest run-scorer.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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