INDIA recorded a comfortable eight-wicket victory over England at Nagpur today to win the final one-day international and secure the series 2-1.
Heather Knight’s side had come into the decider on the back of bowling India out in less than 38 overs.
Despite a career-best 94 from wicketkeeper Amy Jones as England posted 201 for nine, the tourists could not produce a repeat performance with the ball.
“We can have no qualms today, we were well beaten. We were out-batted as much as anything, we were probably light by 50 runs,” head coach Mark Robinson said.
“We had the chance to create a bit of history, being the first England women’s team to come to India and win.”
Robinson hailed Warwickshire wicketkeeper Jones’s performance, after she hit seven fours and one six.
“She’s had a tough time with the gloves and bat, but she came through today and was outstanding and showed a lot of character.
“It was a big game for her and hopefully the start of something that she can really build on.”
After losing two early wickets, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma and captain Mithali Raj all hit half-centuries in a dominant Indian display at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Knight had won the toss and elected to bat, but opener Tammy Beaumont, making her 50th ODI appearance, had managed just four when she edged Jhulan Ghoswami behind. Danielle Wyatt also failed to make an impact, playing the seamer onto the stumps for only 17 to leave England at 27 for two.
Knight managed 36 before she was caught at long-on by Harmanpreet Kaur off Sharma and Natalie Sciver made just four when she was bowled by Poonam Yadav. Jones fell just short of her century when run out in the final over by Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
England were not able to build on the breakthrough of two early wickets when Jemmiah Rodrigues and Veda Krishnamurthy were both out cheaply to Anya Shrubsole inside the opening seven overs.
India swiftly recovered from 23 for two as Mandhana pushed the hosts on alongside her captain before retiring unwell on 53 having faced 67 deliveries.
Raj, who finished unbeaten on 74, her 50th ODI half-century, and Mandhana with 53no saw India safely home after 45.2 overs.
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