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Cross and Dunkley inspire England to victory over India

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Kate Cross and Sophia Dunkley were England’s standout performers as England overcame India in the second Royal London ODI at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Player of the match Cross claimed five wickets and Dunkley top scored with 73 not out as England won by five wickets with 15 balls remaining to take an unassailable two nil up in the series.

After winning the toss, England skipper Heather Knight elected to bowl first.

Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma shared an opening stand of 56 until the former Western Storm batter was bowled by Cross for 22.

Cross struck again in the 16th over when Jemimah Rodrigues was caught by Katherine Brunt with the score on 76. Only one run had been added to the score when Verma was stumped by Amy Jones off the bowling of Sophie Ecclestone.

Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur took the score to 145, but the latter was caught and bowled by Cross for 19. The India Captain once again showed her class and went on to make 59 before being run out by a combination of Sophia Dunkley and Jones.

Cross also accounted for Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana to finish with impressive figures of five for 34 from her 10 overs. Ecclestone was also in good form, taking three for 33 as India finished on 221 all out from their allotted overs.

The England reply got off to a bad start when Tammy Beaumont was bowled Jhulan Goswami with just 16 runs on the board. When Knight fell to the first ball of the 13th over her side found themselves on 48 for two.

Lauren Winfield-Hill made 42 but was caught behind at 82 for three. Just two balls later, Nat Sciver drove firmly to mid-off where Harmanpreet Kaur took what India felt was a diving catch. Following a lengthy review, Sciver was given not out. Her reprieve didn’t last long though and she too was caught behind in the 22nd over to leave England on 92 for four.

When Jones fell for 28 to the penultimate ball of the 29th over, England were 133 for five.

Dunkley and Brunt (33 not out) then shared a sixth wicket stand of 92 to see England to their target in the 48th over.

At the close of play, Heather Knight said: “It’s great to get the series win. We were really tested today and that’s really good for our development as a side.

“I’m so chuffed for Crossie. She’s had a couple of up and down years, so for her to come in and bowl the way she has is brilliant. She’s been Mrs Consistent with hitting the deck and getting a bit of seam movement.

“To see Sophia perform so well in that situation and under pressure was great. It was such a mature innings and she was so composed. She’s a natural ball striker, but she reigned that in and took the low-risk options to get that partnership going. She then sped up at the end which was good to see and she’s really made that number six spot her own.”

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