GUWAHATI, March 9: India fell short by one run in the third and final women�s T20I to suffer a whitewash against England at the ACA Stadium in Barsapara here today.
Chasing England�s modest total of 119 for six, the Indian batters had only themselves to blame as they were on course to register a consolation win after having lost the first two matches. 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 straight forward catch to Any Shrubsole at mid-off while trying to clear the in-field.
It was an insensible display of batting from the Indian lower-order as new batswoman Anuja Patil too tried to go for a big shot in the next delivery instead of giving the strike back to Mithali, in the process getting brilliantly stumped by Amy Jones.
From three off six balls, the equation became three off one for India and Shikha Pandey could only steal a single as Mithali helplessly watched the drama unfold from the other end.
Besides Mithali, skipper Smriti Mandhana smashed a quickfire knock of 58 runs off 39 deliveries at the top to keep India one step ahead in the chase.
While Mandhana decorated her innings with eight boundaries and a six, Mithali�s unbeaten knock of 32 runs was laced with four hits to the fence.
With the series already in their pocket, England women earlier posted a modest total of 119 runs for the loss of six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs after electing to bat.
England: Danielle Wyatt c Poonam Yadav b Patil 24, Tammy Beaumont st Bhatia b Patil 29, Natalie Sciver b Poonam Yadav 0, Heather Knight st Bhatia b Bisht 11, Amy Jones c Pandey b Deol 26, Lauren Winfield lbw b Deol 2, Sophia Dunkley not out 14, Anya Shrubsole not out 10. Extras: (W-3) 3. Total: (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 119. Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-52, 3-54, 4-73, 5-82, 6-93. Bowling: Shikha Pandey 2-0-15-0, Deepti Sharma 4-0-27-0, E Bisht 4-0-32-1, Anuja Patil 4-0-13-2, Poonam Yadav 4-0-19-1, Harleen Deol 2-0-13-2.
India: Harleen Deol c Winfield b Shrubsole 1, Smriti Mandhana b Marsh 58, Jemimah Rodrigues lbw b Smith 11, Mithali Raj not out 30, Deepti Sharma run out (Dunkley/Jones) 4, Bharati Fulmali c Shrubsole b Cross 5, Anuja Patil st Jones b Cross 0, Shikha Pandey not out 1. Extras: (W-8) 8. Total: (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 118. Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-59, 3-87, 4-95, 5-117, 6-117. Bowling: Natalie Sciver 4-0-27-0, Anya Shrubsole 4-0-24-1, Kate Cross 4-0-18-2, Linsey Smith 2-0-20-1, Laura Marsh 4-0-22-1, Danielle Wyatt 2-0-7-0.