Taunton, Jul 6: Captain Mithali Raj's unbeaten 92 went in vain as Indian women went down to England women by three wickets in the third One Day International at the County Ground here on Thursday.
It was yet again a low-scoring game in the five-match series and the hosts reached the target of 174 in the 48th over. Tammy Beaumont topscored with 44 as England finished the game with 177/7 in 47.2 overs.
India, however, still hold the lead with 2-1. They won the opening two games.
India were sent to bat first by England skipper Charlotte Edwards. It was again same story with the visitors' batting. They were reduced to 47/4 in 26 overs.
It was left to Mithali to anchor the innings in the company of the lower order. She had hit a fine 94 not out in the opening game. Yet again, she fell short of a well-deserved century.
Reema Malhotra and Sulakshana Naik made 24 runs each giving good assistance to Mithali. Sulakshana was unbeaten. They ended 173/5 in 50 overs.
Mithali's 92 not out came off 138 balls with four boundaries. The Indian skipper won the Player-of-the-match award.
Danielle Wyatt was the most successful bowler for the hosts with figures of 2/45 in 10 overs.
In the chase, England lost Edwards early, for seven runs. But Edwards' opening partner Beaumont scored 44 off 81 deliveries with four hits to the fence. Arran Brindle made a crucial 40 not out batting at number five.
Beaumont, speaking to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) website, said: "We bounced back well today. Georgia Elwiss and Katherine Brunt put a good partnership together at the beginning and we were positive with the bat, getting on top of the Indian bowlers.
"Personally, while it was pleasing to score runs I would like to kick on and do my best for the team and finish a game off. Hopefully I can do that in the next two matches. It was a good team performance today. We played positively, but there are still some areas we will look to improve. We'll take moment forwards with us to Truro and look forward to the fourth match of the series on Sunday."
The fourth ODI is on Sunday, July 8, in Truro.
Brief Scores: India 173/5 in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 92 not out, Reema Malhotra 24, Sulakshana Naik 24 not out, Danielle Wyatt 2/45) lost to England 177/7 in 47.2 overs (Tammy Beaumont 44, Arran Brindle 40, Sara Taylor 34, Gouher Sultana 3/26, Nagarajan Niranjana 2/35, Archana Das 2/35)