England women recorded a 2-wicket win in the final ODI of the three-match series against India. The visitors pulled off a consolation win after being handed a target of 206 runs to chase down by the hosts.
Danielle Wyatt and skipper Heather Knight were the key performers for England, scoring 56 and 47 runs respectively on a bowler-friendly wicket. They further enjoyed quality support from Georgia Elwiss who accumulated 33 runs down the order.
Here are the highlights:
# England women beat India by two wickets!
# England 208/8 (48.5 overs)
# Anya Shrubsole, right handed bat, comes to the crease!
# Wicket! Brunt departs for 18 after attempting a big hit to finish off the game, but without proper contact. England 204/8 (48.4 overs)
# England 201/7 (48 overs)
# Rajeshwari Gaekwad set to bowl the 48th over!
# England need 16 runs from 21 deliveries!
# Jhulan Goswami to bowl the 47th over!
# 2 runs from the over, England 186/7 (need 20 runs from 24 deliveries)
# Poonam Yadav into the attack!
# Seven runs from the over, England need 22 runs from 30 deliveries. England 184/7 (45 overs)
# Deepti Sharma set to bowl her final over!
# England 177/7 (44 overs), need 29 runs in 36 deliveries!
# # Rajeshwari Gaekwad replaces Deepti Sharma!
# Visitors need 30 runs to win from 42 deliveries!
# England 176/7(43 overs)
# Katherine Brunt is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Danielle Wyatt dismissed for 56 runs as Shikha Pandey deceives the batswoman with a slower delivery, resulting in a catch to Mona Meshram. England 174/7 (42.1 overs)
# England 174/6 (42 overs) need 32 runs from 38 deliveries!
# England (158/6), need 48 runs from 60 deliveries!
# Rajeshwari Gaekwad back into the attack!
# England 151/6 (39 overs) need 55 runs from 66 deliveries!
# Shikha Pandey replaces Deepti Sharma!
# England need 57 runs in 72 deliveries!
# England 149/6 (38 overs)
# England 145/6 (37 overs)
# England 136/6 (36 overs)
# Jhulan Goswami has been brought back into the attack!
# England need 77 runs from 90 deliveries, England 129/6 (35 overs)
# Six runs from the over as England reach 128/6 (34 overs)
# England need 84 runs from 102 deliveries!
# England 122/6 (33 overs)
# England 119/6 (32 overs)
# Georgia Elwiss comes to the crease!
# Wicket! Yadav strikes with the ball accounting for the key wicket of skipper Heather Knight who edged the ball to wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia. England 118/6 (31 overs)
# Poonam Yadav to continue with the ball!
# England 114/5 (30 overs)
# England 105/5 (27 overs)
# Shikha Pandey replaces Rajeshwari Gaekwad!
# England 102/5 (26 overs)
# England 98/5 (25 overs) as Knight inches closer to a half-century!
# England 96/5 (24 overs) as the visitors look to accelerate. Wyatt and Knight smash a boundary apiece to make it 10 runs from the over.
# England 86/5 (23 overs)
# England 80/5 (21 overs) with 10 runs off the over as skipper Heather Knight smashes two boundaries off the 22nd over bowled by Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
# England 69/5 (19 overs)
# England 66/5 (17 overs)
# Rajeshwari Gaekwad into the attack!
# Danielle Wyatt is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Shikha Pandey strikes with the ball accounting for the key wicket of wicketkeeper batswoman Sarah Taylor, who was adjudged lbw. England 49/5 (14.6 overs)
# England 47/4 (14 overs)
# England 45/4 (13 overs)
# England 44/4 (12 overs)
# Sarah Taylor is the next batswoman for England!
# Wicket! Deepti Sharma strikes with the ball as Sciver hands a return catch to the bowler off a turning delivery which she struggled to control. England 40/4 (11.2 overs)
# England 40/3 (11 overs)
# Natalie Sciver makes her way down to the centre!
# Wicket! Jhulan Goswami picks her third wicket of the clash as Tammy Beaumont edges a catch to Mona Meshram, much to the delight of the hosts. England 39/3 (10.2 overs)
# England 39/2 (10 overs)
# Spinner Deepti Sharma into the attack!
# Skipper Heather Knight walks down to the middle!
# Wicket! Lauren Winfield edges the ball down to the wicketkeeper following an edge as Jhulan celebrates a second wicket. England 38/2 (8.3 overs)
# England 36/1 (8 overs) as Beaumont smashes a six and a boundary to make it 10 runs from the over.
# England 26/1 (7 overs)
# Lauren Winfield is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Goswami accounts for the key wicket of opener Amy Ellen Jones with a short delivery which the batswoman failed to mistime, resulting in a catch to Mandhana at mid-on. England 25/1 (4.6 overs)
# Six runs off the over with the visitors off to a steady start in the initial overs. England 21/0 (4 overs)
# Shikha Pandey to continue with the ball!
# Five runs off the over comprising of a wide and a boundary, England 15/0 (3 overs)
# Goswami continues with the ball!
# Two runs off the over, England 10/0 (2 overs)
# Shikha Pandey is set to bowl from the other end!
# 8 runs off the first over following two boundaries by Jones! England 8/0 (1 over)
# Jhulan Goswami will open the bowling for India!
# English openers Tammy Beaumont and Amy Ellen Jones set to kick off the chase!
# England need 206 runs to finish the three-match series on a winning note!
# Five runs off the over as India finish the innings at 205/8 after opting to bat first!
# Sciver set to bowl the final over!
# India 202/8 (49 overs)
# Poonam Yadav is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Shikha Pandey dismissed for 26 after being caught and bowled off the second delivery of the over! India 197/8 (48.2 overs)
# Georgia Elwiss is set to bowl the 49th over!
# Just 3 runs off the over as Sciver makes a comeback with an economical over! India 197/7 (48 overs)
# Natalie Sciver replaces Brunt in the attack!
# India 194/7 (47 overs) with 10 runs off the over as Shikha and Dipti score a boundary apiece.
# Four runs from the 47th over, as India reach 184/7 (46 overs)
# Brunt set to bowl her final over of the innings!
# India are currently scoring at a run rate of 4 runs per over!
# India 179/7 (45 overs), 9 runs off the over following a boundary off the second last delivery of the over!
# India 170/7 (44 overs), 2 runs off the over!
# India 168/7 (43 overs) with Shikha and Deepti content to constantly pick 3-4 runs off the every over.
# India 164/7 (42 overs), with three runs off the over.
# India 161/7 (41 overs) with a projected score of 196 based on the current run rate of 3.93.
# Deepti Sharma survives a stumping appeal off the first delivery of the over, with seven runs off the over, as India reach 158/7 (40 overs)
# India 151/7 (39 overs)
# Shikha Pandey is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Jhulan Goswami perishes following an inside edge onto her pads, which wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor makes no mistakes with. India 150/7 (37.2 overs)
# Sciver into the attack as England look to dismiss the tail-enders early!
# 150 up for India following a single off the last delivery of the over, India 150/6 (37 overs)
# India 149/6 (36 overs), with Elwiss back into the attack!
# It is time for the second powerplay!
# India 145/6 (35 overs), with a projected score of 207 considering the current run rate of 4.14.
# Jhulan Goswami is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Anya Shrubsole accounts for the key wicket of Taniya Bhatia as the Indian tail-enders come under pressure, following the unexpected dismissal of Raj. Bhatia failed to negotiate the swinging delivery, with the ball hitting the stumps. India 144/6 (33.3 overs)
# Taniya Bhatia is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! A five-wicket haul for Brunt as Raj fails to negotiate a fast, swinging delivery resulting in an inside edge with Taylor completing a fine catch! India 140/5 (32.4 overs)
# India 139/4 (32 overs)
# Deepti Sharma is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Mona Meshram has been dismissed for a duck after being adjudged lbw following a fast, swinging delivery by Katherine Brunt. India 133/4 (30.4 overs)
# Katherine Brunt has been the key wicket-taker for the visitors, with three wickets in the kitty!
# India reach 132/3 (30 overs), with Mithali and Mona the new batswomen to the crease!
# Mona Meshram makes her way down to the crease!
# Wicket! Brunt strikes yet again, accounting for the key wicket of Punam Raut with a full, swinging delivery which goes on to hit the stumps. India 131/3 (28.6 overs)
# Mithali Raj is the new batswoman in!
# Wicket! Mandhana departs for 66 as Katherine Brunt strikes for England, with nearly 20 overs left to go in the Indian innings! India 129/2 (28.3 overs)
# India 126/1 (27 overs)
# India 117/1 (25 overs), with nine runs off the 26th over bowled by Alex Hartley!
# Half-century for Punam Raut!
# This also marks the 100-run partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut!
# 100 up for India!
# Half century for Smriti Mandhana!
# Just a single off the over, India women 99/1 (23 overs)
# Hartley is set to continue with the ball!
# Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana are inching closer to half-centuries, as the hosts reach 98/1 (22 overs)
# Alex Hartley, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack with six runs off her first over. India 77/1 (19 overs)
# India 65/1 (17 overs), Mandhana 29 (42), Punam Raut 32(58)
# India 58/1 (15 overs)
# This also brings up the 50-run partnership between Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana!
# Mandhana smashes the opening six of the Indian innings, as well as a boundary off the over as India reach 53/1 (14 overs)
# The Indian innings is off to a steady start, with a partnership of 36 runs between Raut and Mandhana despite the early dismissal of Jemimah Rodrigues.
# Two runs off the over, India 33/1 (11 overs)
# Elwiss set to continue with the ball at the other end!
# Maiden over for Sciver as India reach 31/1 (10 overs)
# Natalie Sciver, right-arm medium, comes into the attack!
# Just three runs off Elwiss's opening over, India 31/1 ( 9 overs)
# Georgia Elwiss into the attack for England!
# The India Women have accelerated in the last three overs, with Mandhana and Raut scoring boundaries at a consistent rate. India 28/1 (7 overs)
# India 5/1 (4 overs)
# Shrubsole continues at the other end!
# India 3/1 (3 overs)
# Brunt set to continue with the ball!
# Just a run off the second over, India 2/1 (2 overs)
# Anya Shrubsole, right-arm medium, comes into the attack!
# India 1/1 (1 over) as Raut gets off the mark!
# Punam Raut will come down at No 3!
# Wicket! Jemimah Rodrigues departs for a duck off the second delivery of the innings. The batswoman attempted to to punch a back of a length delivery off the back foot, resulting in an inside edge that rocked onto the stumps. India 0/1 (0.2 overs)
# Katherine Brunt will open the bowling for England!
# Indian openers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues have walked down to the crease and set to kick off the innings!
# Both the sides are down on the field for the national anthem ceremonies!
# India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj(c), Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(w), Mona Meshram, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav
# England Women (Playing XI): Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor(w), Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Lauren Winfield, Georgia Elwiss, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Alex Hartley
# India women have won the toss and opted to bat first!
# The toss is set to place shortly along with the announcement of lineups from both the sides!
The series already in the bag, a confident India will look to complete a whitewash when they take on a beleaguered England in the third and final women's One-day International on Thursday.
The Mithali Raj-led outfit had thrashed the reigning World Champions by 66 runs in the opening ODI and then followed it up with a dominating seven-wicket win in the second game to seal the three-match series with a 2-0 unassailable lead.
More importantly, India grabbed four crucial points in the ICC Women's championship as the race for securing direct qualification spots for the 2021 World Cup heats up.
With two more points up for grabs, the hosts would not like to experiment by making any changes to the line-up.
India seem to have found the winning momentum under new coach WV Raman as they ticked most boxes in the last two games.
Prolific opener Smriti Mandhana, who is the current ICC cricketer of the year, has been in splendid form. Her classy 63 in the last game helped the hosts to clinch the match and the series.
Veteran Mithali Raj, who is the leading run-getter in ODIs, has scores of 44 and 47 in the last two games. Both Mandhana and her skipper would like to continue from where they left.
Experienced Punam Raut, who made a comeback to the ODI side, justified her selection over Harleen Deol, by chipping in with a handy 32.
Raut's inclusion seems to have sorted out the middle-order woes. But she and young opener Jemimah Rodrigues, both from Mumbai, need to convert their starts into bigger scores.
The likes of Deepti Sharma, Mona Meshram and wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia also need to chip in if the top-order falters.
The Indian bowlers - both seamers and spinners -- have been impressive. Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami (with 5 wickets in the rubber) and Shikha Pandey (6 wickets) have troubled the visitors in the first two games at the Wankhede stadium.
England have found it difficult to face the Indian spin trio of Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht.
Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Bisht spun the visitors to their doom with a four-wicket haul in game one.
The struggling England side also suffered a blow after all-rounder Sophie Ecclestone was ruled out of the third ODI and remainder of the tour due to a fractured hand.
The visitors will play for pride and aim to bag the two crucial points as part of the ICC Championship before heading to the three-match T20I series in Guwahati next month.
Apart from all-rounder Natalie Sciver and skipper Heather Knight, the other batters have largely performed below par.
On the bowling front, the visiting team's pacers Anya Shrubsole, Georgia Elwiss and Kathrine Brunt have the wherewithal to trouble the hosts.
The hosts, on their current form, once again start as front runners but England could spring a surprise and prevent a clean sweep by India.
India Women: Mithali Raj (C), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (WK), R Kalpana (WK), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Harleen Deol.
England Women: Heather Knight (C), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Alex Hartley, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (WK), Lauren Winfield and Danni Wyatt.