India snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as England beat the hosts by one run in the third and final women’s Twenty20 International, completing a series whitewash. Chasing England’s modest 119 for six, the Indians had only themselves to blame as they lost their way after having been on course to register a consolation win to end the series. India needed just three runs from the final over with veteran Mithali Raj well-set at the crease on 30 off 32 balls, but the ODI skipper was left stranded at the other end and didn’t get an opportunity to face a single delivery in the final over of Kate Cross (2/18).
Bharati Fulmali (5 off 13) was guilty of wasting the opening three deliveries of the final over before handing Cross her first wicket - a catch to Anya Shrubsole at mid-off - trying to clear the in-field. It was an insensible display of batting from the Indian lower-order as the new batswoman in, Anuja Patil, also attempted a big shot the next delivery rather than giving the strike back to Mithali, in the process getting brilliantly stumped by Amy Jones.
With the equation for India being three needed off one, Shikha Pandey could only steal a single, Mithali having helplessly watched the drama unfold from the other end. Besides Mithali, skipper Smriti Mandhana smashed a quickfire 58 off 39 balls at the top to keep India one step ahead in the chase. While Mandhana decorated her innings with eight boundaries and one six, Mithali’s unbeaten knock was laced with four hits to the fence.
With the series already in their pocket, England women earlier posted a modest 119 for six from their 20 overs after electing to bat. Tammy Beaumont (29) and Danielle Wyatt (24) got England off to a flying start, stitching 51 runs for the opening stand. Besides the duo, wicket-keeper Amy Jones made a 21-ball 26. The off-spin duo of Anuja Patil (2/13) and Harleen Deol (2/13) put the brakes in the middle-overs for India. India had lost the first T20 by 41 runs, and suffered a five-wicket defeat in the second, to hand England the series. India had earlier won the three-match ODI series 2-1.