Match report: Eng vs Ind (Women), 5th ODI
Mumbai desk, July 11: India lost the five-match ODI series against hosts England 2-3, conceding defeat in the fifth match by 29 runs under the D/L method at Sir Paul Getty's Ground in Wormsley.
Chasing 153, the home team were comfortably placed, requiring 29 off 14 overs with six wickets in hand, when rain halted play.
Charlotte Edwards was the first to depart in the chase after medium pacer Jhulan Goswami claimed her for seven. Sarah Taylor then joined opener Tammy Beaumont in the middle and put together 28 runs for the second wicket until the No. 3 bat was trapped lbw by N Niranjana. Lisa Greenway, who came out to bat next, remained unbeaten on 37. She first put together a 21-run partnership with Beaumont, and was involved in a 57-run stand with Arran Brindle, before the latter was run out.
Greenway and Heather Knight (1*) were at the crease when rained stopped play.
Earlier, opting to bowl first, England restricted India to 152 for the loss of eight. The visitors suffered an early setback with the top three batsmen back in the dressing room with just two runs on the board in 5.1 overs. But a determined 106-ball 40 from vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur salvaged the Indian innings. Although they lost Veda Krishnamurthy for a single-digit score, the lower-order chipped in with useful contributions to ensure that India batted their full quota of overs.
Georgia Elwiss did most of the early damage for the hosts, in partnership with Katherine Brunt. While Krishnamurthy was castled by Elwiss, she claimed Sulakshana Naik and Mithali Raj to further push India on the back-foot.
Coming in when India were reeling at four for 15, Gouhar Sultana made 15 off 47 and stitched a 41-run partnership with Kaur to help stem the fall of wickets. She was bowled Holly Colvin with the score on 56. 29 runs later, Kaur was sent back by Katherine Brunt who had earlier dismissed opener Poonam Raut for naught.
Reema Malhotra, who replaced Kaur at the crease, then held up one end and was involved in two useful stands worth 40 and 26 runs with Amita Sharma and Goswami respectively which helped India post 152 on the board. Malhotra was unbeaten on 36 off 60 with Niranjana on one at the other end when the Indian innings came to an end.
Brief scores: India 152/8 in 50 overs (H Kaur 40, R Malhotra 36*, G Elwiss 3/17, K Brunt 2/19) lost to England 124/4 in 36 overs (L Greenway 37*, A Brindle 25) by 29 runs, D/L method
Player-of-the-Match and Series: England’s fast bowler Georgia Elwiss for her crucial performances in all three home wins