England women beat India to win series 3-2

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Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 10:55 [IST]
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England women beat India to win series

London, Jul 12: England women clinched the five-match One Day International series against Indian women by winning the final match by 29 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method) at the Sir Paul Getty's Ground in Wormsley on Wednesday.

It was a fine comeback by the hosts after losing the opening two ODIs. They completed a hat-trick of victories to win the series 3-2.

England were set a target of 153. But rain stalled their chase after 36 overs. At that stage, they were cruising towards victory at 124/4. Further play was not possible and Duckworth-Lewis calculations were applied. England were ahead by 29 runs and took the win.

Lydia Greenway was the topscorer for the hosts with an unbeaten 37 off 67 balls with five boundaries. Arran Brindle was the next best contributor with 25 runs.

Earlier, yet again, Indian batting came a cropper. Sent into bat, they were reduced to 15/4. It was a very slow start as they reached that mark in 13.2 overs.

Harmanpreet Kaur (40) and Reema Malhotra (36 not out) helped the team cross the 150-mark. The lower order batted out the full quota of 50 overs and posted 152/8.

Georgia Elwiss was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 17 runs off 10 overs. She bowled four maidens. Katherine Brunt had two wickets for 19 runs in 10 overs.

It was a double joy for Elwiss as she won the Play-of-the-match and Player-of-the-series awards.

India will return home without a trophy from England as they had lost the preceding Twenty20 series 0-2.

Brief Scores: India 152/8 in 50 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 40, Reema Malhotra 36 not out, Georgia Elwiss 3/17, Katherine Brunt 2/19) lost to England 124/4 in 36 overs (Lydia Greenway 37 not out, Arran Brindle 25, Jhulan Goswami 1/20, Nagarajan Niranjana 1/29, Amita Sharma 1/13).


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