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INDWvENGW: England Clean- Sweeps India In The 'Three Match T20I Series'

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| March 9 , 2019 , 15:43 IST

India women’s cricket team lost by one run in the third and final T20I against England on Saturday at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.

Smriti Mandhana was the lone survivor as she scored a brilliant half-century. She 58 runs in 39 balls with 8 fours and one six.

Chasing England's modest 119 for six, the Indians 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) failed to take her responsibility as she wasted the opening three deliveries of the final over before throwing her wicket, a straight forward catch to Anya Shrubsole at mid-off while trying to clear the in-field.

From three off six balls, the equation became three off one for India and Shikha Pandey could only steal a single even as Mitahli helplessly watched the drama unfold from the other end.

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.

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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 lost the first T20I by 41 runs before suffering a five-wicket defeat in the second match to hand England the series. India had earlier won the three-match ODI series 2-1