In the last match of the three-match ODI series, India defeated England by 4 wickets. Captain Mithali Raj’s bat was once again furious and he was unbeaten on 75. The English team set a target of 220 runs for India in rain-prone match. India won by three balls with three balls remaining. Apart from Mithali, Smriti Mandhana also appeared in good rhythm and played a strong innings of 49 runs. However, England managed to win the series 2-1.
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During Mithali’s spectacular innings, he became the highest run scorer in all three forms of international women’s cricket (including Test, One Day and T20 International). He became the highest run-scorer in the chase, surpassing former England legend Charlotte Edward (10,273) in four runs over Nate Skiver in the 24th over. Chasing a target, Smriti Mandhana (49) and Shefali Verma (19) got off to a good start with 46 runs in nine overs. Jemima Rodriguez, who came to the crease after Shefali was dismissed by Kate Cross, scored 21 runs and scored four. She fell victim to Sophie Ecclestone.
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Sarah Glenn went to the LBW with the ball to speed up the run. He missed a half-century with a run. He struck out eight boundaries in his 57-ball innings. Captain Mithali Raj and deputy captain Harmanpreet Kaur played a half-century for the fourth wicket. Harmanpreet played 16 balls out of 38 balls before becoming LBW from Heather Knight. Deepti Sharma too could not cope with the required run-rate pressure and returned to the pavilion after scoring 18 off 25 balls. Mithali then found a good partner in the form of Sneha Rana and both scored quick runs in the last over. Sneha scored 24 off 22 balls with the help of four boundaries. Mithali completed his third consecutive fifty and 58th career total of four runs in the 41st over.
Prior to this, India’s spinners regularly took wickets to prevent England from posting big after a good start. England’s Siever 49 and skipper Heather Knight scored 46. Deepti Sharma, India’s most successful bowler, took three wickets for 47 runs in 10 overs. In the last over, Sophia Dunkley (28) and Kate Cross (16 not out) scored a quick run to help the score to 219. For India, Sneha, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur took one wicket each. The fast bowlers Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami also scored an impressive total.