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Cricket news - England earn "consolation" win feat. silver lining

Katherine Brunt removed India's top five batters before returning to play a handy role with the bat.

England triumphed over India in the third and final ODI of the 3-match series in Mumbai, beating the hosts by 2 wickets, earning themselves a consolation win in the context of the series but valuable world championship points in the larger scheme of things. Katherine Brunt starred with the ball, picking up a five-wicket haul, ripping through India's top five, and later also contributed 18 runs to a crucial 30-run partnership to see England home.

Earlier, India got off to a poor start after opting to bat first, as Jemimah Rodrigues was dismissed for her second consecutive duck. Punam Raut then joined the ever-so-consistent Smriti Mandhana at the crease and they started to rebuild things. Raut, as is the norm, played second fiddle to the aggressive Mandhana as both cruised to their fifties on the way to a century partnership. However, the return of Katherine Brunt was instrumental in effecting a dramatic collapse. The first name on her Death Note was Smriti Mandhana, who was livid with herself after she handed Wyatt the easiest of catches.

And then started a procession of unprecedented magnitude. Punam Raut, the only other set batsman, was knocked over by an in-seamer from Katherine Brunt, who had also dismissed Rodrigues earlier. India soon lost Mona Meshram and the experienced Mithali Raj in quick succession, which meant that India had lost their top half to Katherine Brunt, as the right-arm pacer helped herself to her fifth 5-wicket haul in ODIs. Taniya Bhatiya was also knocked over by Shrubsole soon after for a duck, and Goswami nicked one behind to Taylor - the sixth wicket for 21 runs right after a century partnership. Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma then stitched together an extremely useful and gritty 47-run partnership to drag the Indian side to a competitive 205.

England got off to a solid start, moving along to 25 for no loss, before the wicket of Amy Ellen Jones. The opener's wicket triggered a collapse similar to India's after the Raut-Mandhana partnership, as Jhulan and co. effected a 5-wicket heist for just 24 runs, to leave England reeling. It was then, that England's batting depth really showed itself, as Wyatt and Knight collaborated for a 69-run partnership to drag England out of a hole. Knight, however, was deceived by the chicanery of Poonam Yadav as she nicked behind for 47.

England were still in a vulnerable position, with 88 to win with 4 wickets in hand. Wyatt and Elwiss put on a 56-run partnership, with the former reaching her maiden ODI fifty before a Shikha Pandey delivery tempted her to hole out in the deep. This gave India another opening with England still needing 32 to win.

India, though, simply couldn't find a way through the English lower order, as Katherine Brunt put together a quick 30-run partnership only to be dismissed two runs short of the target. Shrubsole then entered the field and finished it off in a hurry, hitting her first ball for four to hand England a consolation win in the final ODI. The win, however, added precious championship points to England's tally, bringing the curtains down on the ODI leg of the tour in Mumbai. The teams will now travel to Guwahati for three T20Is between the 4th and the 9th of March.

Brief Scores: India 205/8 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 66, Punam Raut 56; Katherine Brunt 5-28) lost to England 208/8 in 48.5 overs (Danielle Wyatt 56, Heather Knight 47; Jhulan Goswami 3-41) by 2 wickets.

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