England Complete Comeback To Win Series 3-2
England Women 124-4 (Greenway 37no) beat
India Women 152-8 (Elwiss 3-17) by 29 runs (D/L)
Fifth One-Day International, Wormsley
England Women completed an impressive come-from-behind 3-2 series win over India Women by claiming a 29-run win in the fifth and final One-Day International at Wormsley.
After India recovered from 15 for four to post 152 for eight, rain stopped play with England on 124 for four in reply - 29 ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
India had raced into a 2-0 series lead but England completed an outstanding comeback with a strong performance at the picturesque ground in Buckinghamshire.
England won the toss and decided to bowl first, making breakthroughs quickly as Georgia Elwiss (3-17) and Katherin Brunt (2-19) produced incisive spells with the new ball.
Sulakshana Naik (1), Punam Raut (0), Mithali Raj (1) and Veda Krishnamurthy (9) all departed before the score had reached 20 but India have become used to recovering on this tour and 40 in 106 balls from Harmanpreet Kaur got them back on track.
She formed a useful stand of 41 with Gouher Sultana, who made 15 before being bowled by Holly Colvin and then added 29 for the sixth wicket with Reema Malhotra, whose unbeaten 36 steered India past the 150-run mark.
Amita Sharma (19) and Jhulan Goswami (14) added crucial late runs but their score never looked like being enough.
The tourists needed early wickets and they got one when Charlotte Edwards was caught by Raj off Goswami for seven. The arrival of Sarah Taylor at the crease saw the scoring rate increase and she blasted 21 in 19 balls to put England back on the front foot beofre falling to Sharma.
Opener Tamsin Beaumont was next to fall having made 19 with the game in the balance but the experienced pair of Lydia Greenway, unbeaten on 37, and Arran Brindle, on 25, put on a match-winning 57-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Crucially it got England far enough ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score that when Brindle was run out by Raut and the rains arrived soon after, they were in a winning position.
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