England Women 177-7 (Beaumont 44) beat
India Women 173-5 (Raj 92no) by three wickets
Third One-Day International, Taunton
England Women kept their series hopes alive by beating India Women by three wickets in the third One-Day International in Taunton.
They reduced India's series lead to 2-1 by chasing down a target of 174 with 16 balls to spare with the top order doing the bulk of the work.
Tamsin Beaumont (44), Arran Brindle (40 not out) and Sarah Taylor (34) ensured that a late flurry of wickets from India merely delayed the inevitable.
Mithali Raj had earlier underpinned India's score of 173 for five with an innings of 92 not out in 136 balls and her dominance was underlined as the next highest score was 24 - achieved by Reema Malhotra and Sulakshana Naik.
India were 47 for four early on as Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn and Danielle Wyatt struck but for the second game in a row, India recovered well.
Wyatt struck again to rmeove Malhotra to finish with two for 45.
Nagarajan Niranjana then removed Charlotte Edwards for seven but Beaumont and Taylor put on 58 for the second wicket and the score had nudged to 100 when Beaumont fell, also to Niranjana.
From 100 for three, England slipped to 168 for seven, Gouher Sultana taking three wickets and Archana Das two but Brindle, who faced 52 balls and hit five fours, and Wyatt, unbeaten on six, took England over the finishing line.
The fourth match is in Truro on Sunday (8th July).
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