The Indian women’s team defeated the England women’s team by 4 wickets with 3 balls to spare in the last ODI on the basis of the record innings of captain Mithali Raj (75 not out). Earlier, the Indian women’s team restricted England for 219 runs on the back of the brilliant performance of the Indian bowlers under the leadership of Deepti Sharma (3/47). In reply, the Indian women’s team, who came out to bat, won the match in 46.3 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. Player of the match Mithali hit the winning four.
In the third and final ODI being played at New Road ground, India needed 220 runs to win in 47 overs. His start was strong. Openers Shefali Verma (19) and Smriti Mandhana (49) put on 46 runs for the first wicket in 9 overs. Shefali Cockett Cross got caught out by Knight. While Smriti was LBW by Sarah Glenn.
After this, India’s wickets kept falling at regular intervals, but Mithali kept her feet at one end. He played an unbeaten 75 runs in 86 balls with the help of 8 fours and gave the team victory. This was his third consecutive fifty in this three-match series. On the other hand, it was an honorable farewell for India as they lost the opening two matches and lost the series.
Mithali became the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket
Captain Mithali Raj has overtaken former England captain Charlotte Edwards to become the highest run-scorer in all three formats of international women’s cricket. The 38-year-old surpassed Edward’s tally of 10,273 international runs when he was hit for a four by Nate Sciver in the 24th over of the innings while chasing the target against England.
England innings thrill
Earlier, the Indian women’s team restricted England for 219 runs on the back of the brilliant performance of the Indian bowlers under the leadership of Deepti Sharma (3/47). The match started late due to rain and it was decided to make the match 47 overs. India won the toss and elected to bowl first and bowled out England for 219 runs in 47 overs. For England, Natalie Sciver scored 49 runs in 59 balls with the help of five fours.
Apart from Deepti from India, Poonam Yadav, Sneh Rana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami got one wicket each. England did not have a good start as they lost the wicket of Tammy Beaumont (0) soon after. After this, Lauren Winfield Hill and captain Heather Knight tried to handle the innings. However, Winfield (36) was dismissed after scoring a run.
After this, Knight and Natalie formed a pair but Knight was out before scoring a half-century. He scored 46 runs in 71 balls with the help of four fours. England’s innings faltered as soon as he was dismissed. Although, Natalie took over after this but she too could not do much. In England’s innings, Sophia Dunkley scored 28 and Amy Allen Jones scored 17 while Kat Cross remained unbeaten on 16. No other batsman could reach double digits.