England 82 for 6 (Kapsi 25, Deepti 2-4, Renuka 2-26) India 80 (Rodriguez 30, Glen 2-13, Ecclestone 2-13, Dean 2-16, Bale 2-18) with four wickets.
India looked indecisive with the bat from the start, and that was immediately reflected on the scoreboard. Dean struck with the second ball of the match, trapping Shafali Verma lbw as the batsman was stuck in the crease against a full delivery. Smriti Mandhana, too, was trying to play another full ball from Dean off the back foot.
Harmanpreet Kaur bowled Nat Sciver-Brunt for two straight fours but then missed a straight ball and was lbw. When Deepti Sharma, playing her 100th T20I, bowled out Lauren Bell, India were 29 for 4.
Ecclestone’s sensational, low catch off her bowling in the following brought Richa Ghosh back. But there was some resistance from Jemima Rodriguez, who was one of the two Indian batsmen to reach double figures. She played 33 balls and scored 30, mostly using the sweeping shot against spinners to find runs. It eventually fell to Glenn in the 13th over, as the eighth wicket.
Ecclestone could have added another wicket to her tally but England failed to review the lbw chance in the 14th over. She hit Titas Sado on the boot but there was almost no appeal. Replays showed that there was no bat involved and that Sadhu was anchored.
India briefly resists
But India did not have enough runs to get a game out of; England needed just five after Dipti’s over. A few runs later, Ecclestone got an outside edge off Shreyanka Patel that cut it all the way for four and sealed the series.