India secured an emphatic 16-run victory over the hosts England in the low-scoring game to seal the series 3-0 here at iconic Lord’s Stadium, London on Saturday. With the win, Indian women secure a historic first clean sweep over England in ODIs.
The Indian women bowled out England at 153 runs after putting 169 on the board, after being invited to bat first.
Jhulan Goswami played her last international match at the iconic Lord’s stadium, London, and ended her decorated career.
The 39-year-old pacer completed her international one-day career with a 2/38 performance on her last outing in Blue Jersey.
Shafali Verma forgettable series
Shafali Verma has got out thrice in 11 deliveries to Kate Cross in the series. The opener without opening her account got out to Kate Cross in the second over of the innings.
Wicket Keeper batter Yastika Bhatia (0) got out early, allowing skipper Harmanpreet Kaur to enter the crease in the third over of the match.
Inform Harmanpreet Kaur had a short stay at the crease and scored 4 runs from 9 balls. Harleen Deol (3) follows the skipper and got out to Davies
At one point in time, India’s women’s team is struggling at 29/4. Smriti Mandhana and batting allrounder Deepti Sharma contributed 58 runs partnership for the fifth wicket before Smriti got out after finishing her half-century to Kate Cross.
Pacer Pooja Vastrakar joined southpaw Deepti Sharma and had a partnership of 40 runs in 63 balls for the seventh wicket.
In her last appearance in international cricket, Jhulan Goswami got out for nought in the first ball to Kemp.
Indian women got bowled out for 169 in 45.4 overs, Deepthi Sharma’s unbeaten 68 runs was the top scorer for India in the low score encounter. Pacer Kate Cross (4/26) shines for England in bowling and some contributions from Freya Kemp (2/24), Sophie Ecclestone (2/27) and Freya Davis (1/35), Charlie Dean (1/43) pick up bowlers for England.
Five Indian batters got duck out and only three batters crossed the two-figure mark. This is the second highest total in Women’s ODIs where five batters registered zero scores. The highest was 179 runs by Ireland Women vs Netherlands Women in 2007.
Hosts disappointing performance against India
England’s disappointing performance with the bat continued in the low-score match. Player of the Match Renuka Singh Thakur once again shines with the ball, picking two wickets in his first spell removing openers Emma Lamb (21) and Tammy Beaumont (8).
England was never in the run chase, they lost wickets in regular intervals. Charlie Dean (40) and stand-in captain Amy Jones (28) contributed to the home side in a run chase. Every other batter struggled against the pacer Renuka Thakur Singh.
At the tail end of the chase, heroics from Charlie Dean (47 runs) does not help the hosts to cross the line.
Veteran Jhulan Goswami and spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked two wickets each and all-rounder Deepthi Sharma claimed a wicket.
Player of the tournament was awarded to skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who scored 340 runs and took two wickets.