Patel, Ishaq and Mandhana shine as India avoid a clean sweep – LSB

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India 127 for 5 (Mandhana 48, Rodriguez 29, Kemp 2-24) England 126 (Knight 52, Patel 3-19, Isaac 3-22) with five wickets.

India’s new pairing of Shreyanka Patil and Saika Ishaque and an improved batting performance led the hosts to victory in the third and final T20I against England at the Wankhede Stadium.
The things that went wrong as India trailed 2-0 in the series came together as Renuka Singh finally found support with the ball, and despite Shafali Verma failing for the second time in as many matches after her half-century in the series opener, India put together a key batting partnership Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues crossed 57 runs worth which helped achieve a modest target. With captain Harmanpreet Kaur delaying her entry after she appeared to twist her foot during the play – she came in fifth place – she orchestrated the remainder of the run chase with Amanjot Kaur to seal victory by an extra margin.
Patel and Isaac relied on Renuka’s good early work to get past England’s middle order as the visitors lost five wickets for nine runs in the space of 21 balls, swinging from 67 for 3 to 76 for 8 before Heather Knight’s half-century salvaged something of the innings. Knight, the England captain, provided her team’s only resistance, crashing to the ground while the majority of her country’s women perished in being swept or cut. Twin sixes over long-on in three Amanjot deliveries took Knight past fifty in the final over of the innings before she holed out with the penultimate ball, with Mahika Gaur giving Amanjot two wickets in as many balls when caught by Dipti Sharma at cover. point with England all out for 126.

With India needing 11 runs from the last two overs, Sophie Ecclestone bowled Richa Ghosh in an attempt to bowl and put some pressure back on India, but Amanjot, who replaced Pooja Vastrakar in the side, hacked into the covers for the next four balls to ease the tension and another over. Four leveled the scores before a reverse sweep took her to 13th not out in just four balls and India won.

Newcomers shine for India

Patel and Isaac, who made their T20I debut in the first match of the series, were pivotal in England’s demise. Patel, 21, held on to deep midwicket to remove Amy Jones for 25 off 21 and hand Isaac her second in as many overs, sparking England’s rot. Left-arm spinner Ishaque, scouted as the second-highest bowler in the WPL opener, had already taken Alice Capsey by Rodrigues at extra cover and then bowled Danielle Gibson for a duck trying to cut.

Bess Heath, who made her T20I debut as England were going into the changes, did not fare much better, giving Patel her first over with a reverse sweep try that found Amanjot at backward point. Patel then put Kemp and Ecclestone lbw and bowled on the cut and sweep respectively. Both Indian spinners overcame a nervy start, with Patel taking 2 for 44 from her four overs in the first match while Isaac took 1 for 30, and boosted India’s confidence in a rejuvenated side.

Renuka reprises her powerplay role

Just as she had done in her first two matches, Renuka scored early, putting away both England openers in the first few minutes. On this occasion, with Danny White – who had scored 75 in the opener – making way for Maya Bouchier in that dead rubber, Renuka hit her third ball of the match, a slightly fuller ball that dipped slightly and cut through Bouchier’s initial whisper. , bowling her through the gate.

Renuka also had Sofia Dunkley out of form for the third time in as many matches, throwing her hands to a ball outside off stump which she was there to hit but was unable to clear Patel at backward point. Dunkley’s score of 11 was her highest of the series and came amid a flat stretch dating back to the Ashes in the middle of this year, during which she managed just one half-century – in the first T20I – and has scored just once since then – in the WBBL last month. In contrast to the opening two matches, Renuka’s good work was greatly supported by Patel and Isaac.

Mandana, Rodriguez step up

Scores of 159 for 6 in pursuit of 198, as Shafali lacked support from her teammates, and her all-out 80 raised worrying questions about India’s batting ahead of this match. But Mandana and Rodriguez stepped up when needed. Mandhana’s run-a-ball 48 included two brilliant sixes over deep midwicket and long off, and five fours while Rodriguez was particularly effective in the sweep en route to 29 off 33.

Mandana fell agonizingly short of making her half-century when she calmly drove to Dunkley off Ecclestone. It was after off-spinner Charlie Dean broke her stance with a full ball that hit her back thigh while she was on her knees, and DRS was unable to save her as ball tracking showed the ball on target. But the Indian duo prepared their team and went some way to answering those questions while Amanjot’s appearance at the end gave her team more encouragement.

Meanwhile, England were missing Nat Sciver-Brunt, who was rested from the match but still stood as the standout of the series for 93 runs and two wickets, her 77 in a 138-run stand with White during the opener (Outstanding Performance). Sarah Glynn, who is not part of the England squad for the Test starting on Thursday, missed the match due to a fractured thumb picked up in the second T20I.

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