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