Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the final game of the multi-format series between England and India. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan here and I’ll be taking you through the game today with some help from my colleague Netra V.
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England leads the series 8-6. England can either win or tie the series. India can salvage a draw or loss.
Recap of the 2nd T20: India defeat England by eight runs
India defeated England by eight runs in the second of the three T20Is being played in Hove on Sunday. The Indian duo of Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma helped India in the death overs to make a dramatic comeback and level the series.
England who had restricted India to 148 for four in the 20 overs, felt themselves in deep waters as they crumbled under pressure due to the Indian spinners. With 14 runs required in the final over for England, India spinner Sneh Rana’s tight bowling was a cherry on the cake.
Earlier, Heather Knight’s England opted to bowl first. This decision proved to be wrong as the 17-year-old Shafali Verma’s 48 off 38 balls and her partnership with Smriti Mandana (20 off 16) put India driver’s seat. However, this did not last long as the game had overturned after Shafali and Mandhana’s wicket.
With the two opener’s wickets, India lost its momentum and wickets fell in intervals. However, with a few boundaries from Deepti Sharma (24* off 27) and Sneh Rana (8* off 5) got India close to the 150 run mark.
Deepti Sharma was awarded the player of the match in the 2nd T20I against England for her splendid all-round effort with the bat, ball and on the field. – Getty Images
However, the England innings was more dramatic than expected with four run outs and brilliant fielding from the Indian side. England reached 52 for two in the first six overs and was in a comfortable position despite losing Danielle Wyatt and Natalie Sciver, who was run out by wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh.
While England managed to keep its momentum going by getting a few boundaries, the consecutive wickets of Tammy Beaumont (59) and skipper Heather Knight (30) in the 14 over by Deepti Sharma tightened India’s hold on the game.
England needed 43 off last 36 balls, with exceptional fielding and tight bowling by Poonam who ended with figures of 2 for 17 in four overs and Deepti one for 18 in four overs India were able to have the last laugh.
In order to tie with England in the multi-format, India would have to win the match at Chelmsford today.
How the points table stands –
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Richa Ghosh (wk), Simran Bahadur, Indrani Roy (wk)
England: Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones(wk), Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Danielle Wyatt, Natasha Farrant, Sophia Dunkley, Fran Wilson, Freya Davies, Mady Villiers
Where are the teams playing?
The 3rd T20I will be played at The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
Where to watch – telecast and live streaming details?
The 3rd T20I between India and England women will be telecast on Sony TEN 1 and available for live streaming on Sony Liv. Jio TV and Airtel XStream will also provide live streaming. Alternatively, you can catch over-by-over updates here on Sportstar.
Friday July 9: 1st Vitality IT20. England v India (The County Ground, Northampton) – England won by 18 runs (D/L Method)
Sunday July 11: 2nd Vitality IT20: England v India (The 1st Central County Ground, Hove)- India won by 8 runs
Thursday July 15: 3rd Vitality IT20: England v India (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
What would happen after the series?
While England would be playing three T20I and five ODI series against New Zealand from September 1- 26, India would be facing Australia for three ODIs, three T20Is and a one-off Test from September 19 to October 11. Before that, several players from both sides will feature in the inaugural edition of The Hundred.