India vs England T20 series: England women sweep India 3-0, hosts suffer 7th straight loss: England women defeated Indian counterparts by 1 run in the third and final match of T20 series at Barsapara Cricket Stadium Guwahati on Saturday. It was again the batting of India which failed to chase a low score. Without skipper Smriti Mandhana and veteran cricketer Mithali Raj, no other player could cross 11-run mark. It has been a brilliant overall performance by England in the series.
Chasing the target, India got early blow on 10 runs but skipper Smriti with the help of one down batsman Jemimah Rodrigues, managed to propel the score to 59 in 9 overs. After Smriti’s wicket fell, the score was 87 for 3 in 13 overs. She was clean bowled by Laura Marsh on 58. She hit eight fours and one sixer in her inning.
At this stage, India needed 33 of 42 balls but the poor batting line-up desperately failed to turn game into its pocket.
In the last over of the match, India needed just 3 runs with 8 wickets in hand. But it was the superb over of right-arm medium-fast Kate Cross, who helped his team to win by a run. She bowled three back to back maiden deliveries to lower middle order batsman Bharati Fulmali. In the fourth ball, Kate showed pavilion to Bharati. In the very next ball, he again struck and dismissed Anuja Patil for a golden duck. The final delivery needed three runs but Shikha Pandey scored one run.
Notably, after hitting four of the last ball of the penultimate over, Mithali could not get strike in the last over, she remained idle at the non-striker’s end. She scored unbeaten 30 of 32 balls.
Kate showed the best bowling performance for visitors. She claimed 2 important wickets in four overs and conceded only 18 runs. Laura, Linsey Smith and Anya Shrubsole also took one each wicket.
Earlier, visitors were restricted on 119/6 by Indian bowlers. Though openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont gave a strong start of 51-run partnership in 7.1 overs, but three English wickets fell for just four runs and they could not set the huge target. For India, Anuja Patil was the pick up bowlers as she claimed 2 wickets in 4 overs. She conceded just 13 runs in her four over slot. Harleen Deol also picked 2 wickets while Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht claimed one each wicket. Danielle was given player of the series for her batting performance, while Kate was adjudged player of the match.