England edged past India in the third women’s one-day international international with a two wickets win on Thursday 28 February. However, Indian women still won the series by 2-1.
Out of the three-match series, India clinched the first as well as the second ODI against England on 22 February (Friday) and 25 February (Monday) respectively.
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In the third match, India could manage only score of 205 runs with 8 wickets gone. After losing Jemimah Rodriguez for a duck, Smriti Mandhana (66) and Punam Raut (56) did well to steady the ship for the team.
The duo took the score from 0/1 to 129/1 to put the hosts in a commanding position. However, after that point India kept on losing wickets on regular intervals.
Soon after Mandhana and Raut returned to pavilion, they were followed by M Meshram (0), skipper Mithali Raj (7) and Tania Bhatia (0).
Had it not been for the Deepti Sharma’s valiant knock of 27* along with Shikha Pandey’s timely 26, the Indian team would have wrapped for a sub 200-run total.
England’s opening was not successful as well. The visitors lost early wickets in their run chase.
However, they witnessed a great partnership later between captain Heather Knight (47) and the recalled Danni Wyatt (56) gave the team new hopes. Wyatt completed her half-century before getting out at 56 but Knight got dismissed for 47.
Georgia Elwiss made sure that she does not lose charge and took help from Katherine Blunt to attain a close win over India. Katherine also became the player of the match.
It would be disheartening for World Champions England to have lost the series and the win would be a good consolation.
Moreover, England secured two ICC Women’s Championship points and will share the same position with fifth-placed Pakistan when the ICC updates its table.
However, India got four ICC Women’s championship points, placing them above England. The competition to secure direct qualification spots for the upcoming 2021 World Cup is getting hotter by the passing day.
Earlier in the series, the first match the visitors had given a tough fight with India setting a target of 202 runs that they could not never achieve.
In the second ODI, they could manage only a paltry 161 – a target India scored it in 67 balls thereby winning again.
The two teams will now play in a three-match T20 series starting from 4th March.