Mandhana, bowlers secure consolation win for India

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India would hope to sign off on a winning note.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

Smriti Mandhana (62*, 41b, 1x6, 8x4) continued to make the most of her purple patch, striking yet another half-century to grab India's solitary win in the series. After England was bowled out for 107, it would've required something magical from its bowlers to prevent India from getting the required runs. But Mandhana, India's best batter in the tournament by a margin, ensured the host got over the line without a hassle.

10 Overs: India 71/2

The wicket of Rodrigues has brought Harmanpreet to the crease. Meanwhile, Mandhana is going about her business as usual; she has raced to 39 off just 22 deliveries, studded with five boundaries and a six. India continues to dominate the chase despite losing two wickets. India women need 37 runs in 60 balls. England bowlers have been off the radar in this innings. This should be a walk in the park for the host.

Call it a commentator's curse if you may but Rodrigues has hit this one straight to Farrant at mid-off. India 48/2.

5 Overs: India 48/1

India is off to a flying start thanks largely to Smriti Mandhana who struck a hat-trick of boundaries against Katie George. She has raced to 26 off nine balls. Mithali, however, was out cheaply, lobbing a tossed up delivery straight down the fielder's throat at mid-off. That has brought Jemimah Rodrigues to the crease. Both Mandhana and Rodrigues have a penchant for big hits. This promises to be an interesting phase of play both for the cricketers and the spectators.

England has its first wicket; Mithali Raj departs for 6. India 30/1.

Mithali Raj to open the innings with Smriti Mandhana, Tash Farrant with the new ball.

And we're back!

Harmanpreet's flying catch at long-off and a spell of tight spin bowling from India saw England fold for a paltry 107. Anuja Patil took three wickets while Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav all took two wickets each with Pooja Vastrakar getting one against her name. Can India drive home the advantage, at last? It needs 108 runs to win.

We'll be back with the run chase soon.

Wicket No. 9 as Fran Wilson is found short of her crease. England 103/9.

Harmanpreet Kaur, you beauty. What a catch that from the Indian skipper; puts in a full-length dive to grab a stunner. Anuja Patil has her second wicket as Hazell departs. England 102/8.

15 Overs: England 97/7

This is now, without a doubt, India's best bowling performance in this series. Every time England batters have tried to flex their muscles, the bowlers have thwarted their hopes with a wicket. Harmanpreet Kaur has used six bowlers so far and every single one of them with the exception of Goswami, has got her a wicket; with Radha and Poonam Yadav claiming two wickets apiece. Can India restrict England under 130?

Poonam Yadav is running through England's lower order here; Katie George is trapped in front. England 96/7.

England is unravelling in Mumbai. India, where have you been all this while? Poonam Yadav gets her second wicket; Alice Richards departs leaving the visitor reeling on 96/6.

England loses half its side for less than 100 on the board as Radha Yadav gets rid of Heather Knight. England 91/5.

India fighting back with yet another wicket and it's Sciver who has to depart, Anuja Patil having her caught behind. England 84/4.

10 Overs: England 77/3

Plenty happening in the last five overs. While India fought back with two wickets in quick succession, Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight kept the scoreboard ticking with the brisk ones and twos, occasionally interspersed with a big hit - Sciver's pull over mid-wicket off Deepti Sharma being the highlight.

Another one bites the dust; Beaumont holing out to Jhulan Goswami as Poonam Yadav snaps up her first wicket. England 61/3.

BREAKTHROUGH FOR INDIA! Wyatt, who decimated Indian bowlers with a quickfire 100 in the last match, is out for 31; Deepti Sharma getting the big wicket. England 59/2.

5 Overs: England 40/1

A good start this for the host; Vastrakar bouncing out Amy Jones. Wyatt has been joined by Tammy Beaumont in the middle. Wyatt welcomed right-arm off-spinner Anuja Patil with two back-to-back boundaries. And India will do well to keep her under check.

GONE! Pooja Vastrakar draws first blood. Amy Jones departs for 15. England 24/1.

England openers are out in the middle. Jhulan Goswami to start the proceedings.

England Women (Playing XI): Danielle Wyatt, Amy Ellen Jones(w), Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Alice Davidson Richards, Heather Knight(c), Tash Farrant, Danielle Hazell, Alex Hartley, Katie George

India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia(w), Poonam Yadav, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Radha Yadav

TOSS UPDATE: England Women have won the toss and have opted to bat.

India Women (From): Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia(w), Shikha Pandey, Rumeli Dhar, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Mona Meshram, Radha Yadav

England Women (From): Danielle Wyatt, Bryony Smith, Tammy Beaumont(w), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Fran Wilson, Alice Davidson Richards, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Sophie Ecclestone, Katie George, Kate Cross, Tash Farrant, Alex Hartley, Amy Ellen Jones, Anya Shrubsole

Meanwhile, Pooja Vastrakar , whose cameos have lit up the T20 series, reckons she needs to improve her yorkers and slower ones.

Having lost its first three games by significant margins, India is now out of contention for the finals. That sound, the wounded host will be playing for pride when it takes the field on Thursday. While its batters have largely been impressive, its the fielding and at times, a toothless bowling attack, that has proved to be the side's Achilles Heel. And skipper Harmanpreet Kaur would be hoping to right the ship in the last encounter.


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