first_img Akshay Ramesh GuwahatiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 14:27 IST Tammy Beaumont top scored for England women with a 57-ball 62 in the first T20I (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana failed with the bat on her T20I captaincy debut on MondayThis is India’s fifth straight T20I defeat, fourth successive loss in 2019India and England will play the 2nd T20I in Guwahati on March 7Smriti Mandhana’s T20I captaincy debut didn’t go as she would have expected it to as India were handed a 41-run thrashing by England in the first of a three-match series in Guwahati.Chasing a 161-run target at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, India were restricted to 119 for 6 in 20 overs. This is India’s fourth straight defeat in T20Is this year after their 3-0 series defeat in New Zealand.India got off to a poor start with captain Mandhana managing just two runs before holing out at long-on in only the fourth over of the match. Fellow opener Harleen Deol was the first to be dismissed when she walked back after scoring just eight runs.To add to India’s woes, England’s Linsey Smith removed young and explosive batter, Jemimah Rodrigues for 2 inside the powerplay overs.India had picked senior campaigner and ODI captain, Mithali Raj in the playing XI but she wasn’t able to arrest the slide. Raj was dismissed for 7. India missed Harmanpreet Kaur, who has been ruled out of the series with an ankle injury, as they struggled to keep up with the asking rate in the middle overs.England lead series 1-0An all-round effort from Heather Knight and Co. power the visitors to a 41-run win over India in the first WT20I in Guwahati.#INDvENG SCORECARD (@ICC) March 4, 2019Veda Krishnamurthy (15), Deepti Sharma (22) and Arundhati Reddy (18) got starts but none of them were able to convert them into big knocks. Shikha Pandey slammed four boundaries and remained unbeaten on 23 but it wasn’t enough to take India close to England’s total.advertisementEarlier in the day, England women batted with purpose and aggression and posted 160 runs on the board. Danielle Wyatt (35) and Tammy Beaumont (62) gave the visitors a perfect start after they were asked to bat first.Heather Knight took the India attack to the cleaners, striking 40 off just 20 to provide the late impetus to the England innings. The England women skipper smashed five boundaries on the trot towards the end to bat India out of the contest.Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana on Monday had become the youngest T20I captain for India when she led the women’s team against England in the first T20I in Guwahati. Out-of-favour India batsman, Suresh Raina previously held the record as he was appointed as the captain of the men’s T20I team at 23 years and 197 days. Notably, Harmanpreet was the youngest woman to have led the India women’s T20I team (23 years, 237 days) before Monday.Also Read | ICC rankings: Kane Williamson likely to dethrone Virat Kohli as No. 1 Test batsmanAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India women’s cricket teamFollow India vs EnglandFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Mithali RajFollow Heather Knight India thrashed by England on Smriti Mandhana’s T20I captaincy debutTammy Beaumont and Heather Knight took the Indian attack to the cleaners on Monday as England women registered a 41-run win in the first T20I in Guwahati.advertisementlast_img

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