In the third and last One Day International (ODI) match of the three-match series between Women-in-Blue and England, Indian women bowled well to restrict the rivals to 201 in 50 overs.
After winning the toss, English skipper Heather Knight opted to bat first and the decision soon back-fired as they lost Tammy Beaumont (4) in the third over of the match, followed by Danielle Wyatt (17).
After two back-to-back dismissals, England was on the backfoot, but Heather Knight, along with wicket-keeper Amy Ellen Jones (94) stabilised the English innings and put up a 63 runs partnership for the third wicket.
However, Deepti Sharma broke the partnership by sending Knight (36) back to stands. Following Knight’s departure, all-rounder Natalie Sciver joined Amy at the crease. Sciver was not able to do much damage to the Indian bowlers, as Poonam Yadav sent her back at the score of 4 runs.
Fran Wilson (11) and Georgia Elwiss (11) were stumped by Indian wicket-keeper Sushma Verma when Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad were bowling.
Anya Shrubsole scored just 3 runs before giving her wicket to Gayakwad and Danielle Hazell was removed by Deepti Sharma.
England’s star performer Amy Ellen Jones was unfortunate to have missed her century by six runs as Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma paired well to remove the bails before she could touch the crease while taking a run.
From Indian camp, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami and Rajeshwari Gayakwad took two wickets each.
Fall of wickets:
9-1 (Tammy Beaumont, 2.6), 27-2 (Danielle Wyatt, 6.5), 90-3 (Heather Knight, 22.5), 99-4 (Natalie Sciver, 26.3), 131-5 (Fran Wilson, 32.6), 159-6 (Georgia Elwiss, 40.6), 165-7 (Anya Shrubsole, 42.4), 198-8 (Danielle Hazell, 49.1), 201-9 (Amy Ellen Jones, 50)
India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
England Women (Playing XI): Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont (wk), Amy Ellen Jones, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Georgia Elwiss, Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Hazell, Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone