England girls 119 for six (Beaumont 29, Patil 2-13, Deol 2-13) beat India girls 118 for six (Mandhana 58, Raj 30*, Cross 2-18) by one run
Smriti Mandhana smashed it round for a half-century, however Mithali Raj failed to supply the innings the impetus it wanted on the finish as India, needing simply three runs within the final over – bowled by Kate Cross – to win the third T20I towards England, fell quick by one run.
It wasn’t an enormous chase, simply 120 runs, after the Indian spinners had achieved nicely to maintain the England batsmen quiet within the first half. However the runs nonetheless wanted to be scored, and India wanted Mandhana to supply the thrust after successive failures.
The captain lived as much as her billing with a 39-ball 58, however the back-up act by no means fairly arrived the way in which it wanted to. Raj, batting at No. four, did rating an unbeaten 32-ball 30, however might solely watch from the opposite finish as Cross dismissed Bharati Fulmali and Anuja Patil within the ultimate over, and the strike simply did not flip. Just one run got here off the final ball, confronted by Shikha Pandey, and England had sealed a sequence whitewash.
Smriti Mandhana goes huge on the leg aspect PTI
Harleen Deol failed once more on the prime for India, however with a sedate Jemimah Rodrigues by her aspect, Mandhana took on the England bowling, exhibiting a specific liking for Linsey Smith’s left-arm spin. She hit Smith for 2 fours within the fourth over of the innings and, after hitting the one six of the innings off Kate Cross, took Smith for 2 extra fours within the tenth over after the bowler had accounted for Rodrigues.
Mandhana duly accomplished her ninth half-century in T20I cricket, however could not go on for for much longer as Laura Marsh struck. Simply how dominant Mandhana was might be gauged from the crew rating when she was dismissed: 87.
One wicket introduced one other for England as Deepti Sharma was run-out, however Raj saved India on target, and it appeared all-but-sewed-up when the ultimate over began. However the strike by no means went to Raj, and the third T20I ended the way in which the primary two had – in defeat for India.
The five-pronged Indian spin assault did extraordinarily nicely within the first half. Deepti, who opened the bowling along with her offspin alongside pacer Pandey, went wicketless, however Patil and Deol, the opposite two offspinners within the line-up, picked up two wickets apiece, whereas left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav, the legspinner, acquired one every.
It did not begin badly for England after they opted for first strike upon profitable the toss, with Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont giving them a strong half-century stand. Wyatt, coming off knocks of 35 and 64 not out within the two England wins, struck 24 in 22 balls and Beaumont hit 29 in 27, however they slipped from 51 for no loss to 54 for three in beneath three overs and by no means actually recovered.
Amy Jones did chip in with a 21-ball 26, however there was little of word from the opposite batsmen, and no actual partnership of word, as England put up what appeared like a below-par whole. However with the Indian batting exhibiting little metal apart from Mandhana, it proved simply sufficient.