As it happened: England women's team clinches a cliffhanger

England women's team defeated India by 1 run to clinch the series 3-0.

Mithali Raj steadied India.   -  AP

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Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates and commentary of the third and final T20I between India women and England women. India is 0-2 down going into the final match of the series to be played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.

 

WHAT A WIN THIS FOR ENGLAND! It held its nerves till the end and clinched the game by 1 run. India lost the plot in the last over, losing Bharati Fulmali, Anuja Patil in quick intervals. Poor ending for India.

England clinches the series 3-0. That's it from us. Have a good day!

 

1: 50pm: THAT'S GOING DOWN THE WIRE. Bharati Fulmali is gone for 5! Three runs to win, two balls to go.

1: 47pm: It's going down the wire! Three runs to win, four balls to go. Wait, that's three from three!

1: 45pm: That's a welcome boundary from Mithali Raj. India just three short of victory.

1: 42pm: India looks set to clinch a win here. Mithali Raj has ensured there is no slip-up here. 7 runs to win from 10 balls.

1: 35pm: India needs 20 runs from 21 deliveries. Can India pull this one off?

1: 30pm: ANOTHER WICKET! Deepti Sharma is run out again!

1: 21pm: BIG WICKET! Smriti Mandhana is OUT!

It was a soft dismissal! Mandhana tried to steer this down to third man but the ball kept straight, took an inside edge and rattled on to the stumps.

Smriti Mandhana b Marsh 58(39)

1: 12pm: HALF-CENTURY FOR SMRITI MANDHANA. What a knock this has been for the captain. After some disappointing outings, she has made it count in the final T20I.

1: 06pm: THAT'S A BIG WICKET. Jemimah Rodrigues is dismissed for 11.

Jemimah has had a very ordinary series and this time she is trapped leg before by Linsey Smith.

Jemimah Rodrigues lbw b Linsey Smith 11(22)

1: 05 pm: Nine overs gone, India 59-1.

1: 02pm: Eight overs gone, India 51-1. Smriti is at 33, while Jemimah is at 9.

It hasn't been a memorable outing for Jemimah Rodrigues so far. But then, the youngster from Mumbai has all the talent to turn things around. As players take a drinks break, how about reading a bit about Jemimah?

Here you go... A baby's giant steps

12: 52 pm: Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues have steadied the ship. This partnership is extremely crucial for India and they will be hoping to strike form.

12: 44pm: That's a beauty! Smriti Mandhana hammers another boundary.

12: 41 pm: A boundary from Smriti Mandhana. With just 120 to chase, it is an opportunity for Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues to step up. Three overs gone, India 16-1.

12: 36 pm: THAT'S A WICKET! Anya Shrubsole to Harleen Deol, and she is caught by Winfield. Harleen throws it away early.

Harleen Deol c Winfield b Shrubsole 1(5). India 10-1.

12: 34 pm: Harleen Deol is the other opener. This is the opportunity for the youngster to step up. One over gone, India 5-0.

12: 30pm: So, we are back. India off to a start. Captain Smriti Mandhana will be hoping to pull this one off. Can she do it?

THAT'S AN INNINGS BREAK. In 20 overs: England 119-6. India needs 120 to win.

England won't be too happy with the way it failed to capitalise on a good start but as far as India is concerned, things have gone extremely well. Tammy Beaumont is the top-scorer for England. For India, Harleen Deol and Anuja Patil have claimed two wickets apiece.

12: 14pm: So, that's it. England reaches 119-6 in 20 overs. Tammy Beaumont is the top-scorer with 29 runs.

12: 11 pm: Last over. How much will England score off it? Deepti Sharma at it...

INTERESTING TRIVIA: Ekta Bisht bowls a loose wide and that's the first extra of the match.

12: 07 pm: After 18 overs, England 99-6.

12: 04 pm: 17 overs gone, England reaches 93-6.

12: 02 pm: Amy Jones falls for 26. Harleen Deol strikes again!

Jones tried going for a big one but Shikha from deep extra cover came around to take a good running catch.

Amy Jones c Shikha Pandey b Harleen Deol 26(21)

12:00 pm: Harleen Deol to Amy Jones and Smriti Mandhana drops a easy one! Jones hammers back to back boundaries after that!

11: 54 am: IT IS OUT! Winfield departs. Winfield lbw b Harleen Deol 2(3)

11.53 am: Wicket No. 5? Harleen Deol is excited but umpires are checking if it's a no-ball!

Before the T20I series began, Smriti Mandhana spoke to Sportstar about her new role and she had made it clear that she is prepared for the new opportunity. "Ready? Of course, I am ready..." she had said. It hasn't been a great outing so far, but she will be happy with the way her bowlers fared so far.

Have a minute to spare? How about reading what she had said? Captain Smriti Mandhana ready to take off

11:46 am: STUMPED! England loses fourth wicket!

Excellent glovework from Taniya Bhatia! Captain Heather Knight lost her balance only for a while and that was enough for India's keeper to whip off the bails. England loses its fourth wicket, thanks to Bhatia and Ekta Bisht.

Heather Knight st Bhatia b Ekta Bisht 11(15) [4s-1]

The Assam Cricket Association had invited the schools and colleges to send the wards to watch the game. But the stands are mostly empty. However, youngsters have come to the ground to cheer for India. During the ODIs in Mumbai, there was hardly any crowd. 

11: 43 am: 12 overs gone, England 67-3.

11: 41 am: Dot balls are troubling England. The batswoman are trying their best to rotate strike. By the way, here's a boundary. Much needed for England.

11: 36 am: Three wickets down, England reaches 54-3. Which way will it sway?

11: 35 am: Anuja Patil. Remember the name! Tammy Beaumont is stumped by Taniya Bhatia for 29. England 54-3.

Tammy Beaumont st Bhatia b Anuja Patil 29(27)

11: 31 am: CLEANED UP! Poonam Yadav strikes! England loses its second wicket! Natalie Sciver goes for a duck. England 52-2. Nine overs gone!

Natalie Sciver b Poonam Yadav 0(6)

11: 27 am: THAT'S A WICKET! England loses Danielle Wyatt for 24! Anuja Patil has given India a breakthrough. Wyatt has been caught by Poonam Yadav at third man. Much-needed wicket for India.

Danielle Wyatt c Poonam Yadav b Anuja Patil 24(22)

11:24 am: In seven overs, 50 comes up for England. This has been a good outing for the visiting side, so far. The partnership between Tammy Beaumont and Danielle Wyatt have helped England immensely.

11: 20 am: Power Play is over. England reaches 42-0 in six overs. How far can England go? Predictions, anyone?

11: 15 am: England ends another over at 39-0. Five overs are gone, time India bounces back.

11: 14 am: India captain Smriti Mandhana hasn't had a good outing so far. It is important for the side to step up and ensure that things are in control. But Tammy Beaumont and Danielle Wyatt having steadied the ship.

11 11 am: Tammy Beaumont is at it again! A sixer off Deepti Sharma. England has been off to a superb start. India needs to get a breakthrough. Question is, when? Over. England 30-0.

11: 09 am: Tammy Beaumont slams three boundaries in an over, off Shikha Pandey. England 23-0 in 3 overs.

11: 07 am: Before the tour began, England captain, Heather Knight, had admitted that her side would want to clinch a series against India. Even though, it conceded the ODI series 1-2, it has already bagged the T20 title.

11:04 am: England is off to a good start. Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont have ensured that things go their way. Two overs gone, England 11-0. 

TOSS UPDATE: England women opt to bat.

Playing XIs

England Women (Playing XI): Tammy Beaumont (wk), Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Lauren Winfield, Amy Jones, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross, Linsey Smith, Laura Marsh

India Women (Playing XI): Smriti  Mandhana(c), Harleen Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Bharti Fulmali, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav