|Inside 153-6 (20 overs): Mandhana 70, Harmanpreet 36, Sciver 3-35|
|England 154-2 (18.4 overs): Wyatt 89*, Sciver 42|
|England wins by eight wickets; win the series 10-6 on points|
England sealed an unmistakable eight-wicket victory in the third and final Twenty20 over India to claim a 10-6 points victory in the multi-format series.
With what could have been a tough 154 to win at Chelmsford by India, anchored by Smriti Mandhana’s 70s, Danni Wyatt led the hosts to a fine victory.
Wyatt’s unbeaten 89 were the heart of the victory as she shared a 112-point stand with Nat Sciver, who made it 42 as England hit their tally with eight balls remaining.
BBC Sport looks back on the key moments of another captivating match that closed a very entertaining series.
Wyatt chooses his time to shine
Opener Wyatt was retired for the ODI series and averaged just 13.28 in her last 18 T20 innings before arriving at Chelmsford.
This round was therefore crucial for her. And she responded with innings full of skillful touches and clever punches, hitting 12 fours and a six in her 56-ball innings.
He snapped for Wyatt in the sixth against Sneh Rana. A jump on the field, a pad in the deep third and a slice on the cover brought him 12 points and increased confidence.
His delicacy paired well with Nat Sciver’s power, with the two registering a 50 partnership from just 34 balls, with India looking toothless against them.
There was a slight smile on her face as she reached her half-century, her teammates giving her a standing ovation from the canoe, and it was fitting that she was the one hitting the winning points.
“Just to see Danni Wyatt come back to play with a smile on his face – she knows how crucial that is,” England World Cup winner Alex Hartley said on BBC Two.
“She’s proven a point – and that she’s good enough to be here. “
India finds its marks
Harmanpreet Kaur and Mandhana, captain and vice-captain respectively, had a mixed streak.
Harmanpreet recorded four single digits in seven innings, while Mandhana hadn’t gone over 50 since the opening innings of the Test Match that kicked off this series.
However, they were the key to India’s sleeves. Harmanpreet was initially the most aggressive, hitting the first six innings, while Mandhana was able to find the limit with clever placement.
Harmanpreet targeted Sarah Glenn, scoring 12 points on her third, before she fell in weight against Sciver.
Mandhana advanced to his 13th IT20 half-century, bringing him in with a stroke to the limit, and finished his innings with eight fours and two sixes.
While the outcome did not go their way, two key players returning to form are a positive sign for India as they prepare for the World Cup at 50 in February.
Brunt wins the Battle of Verma
It was the one-on-one of the series: veteran bowler Katherine Brunt vs. teenage star Shafali Verma.
Verma had the upper hand in the previous game after carrying Brunt all around Hove, but it was the fiery English bowler who had the last laugh.
She toppled the 17-year-old with just the fourth delivery of the game, capitalizing on Verma’s propensity to retire and rocked her with a full delivery.
The party? A little over the top, perhaps, with Brunt silencing an inconsolable Verma as she walked away, but it was a key and early wicket for the hosts.
“At the end of the day, Shafali is a brilliant player. I’m old enough to be her mother, but she sets the bar for India, ”Bunt said afterward.
“It means a lot to me to bring her out. “
The English and several Indian players will take part in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, which kicks off on July 21.
England will play their next international series in September against New Zealand, while India will travel to Australia for a multi-format series the same month.
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