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India Women thrash England by 8 wickets, clinch ODI series 2-1

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Skipper led from the front with an unbeaten 74 as Women outclassed England by eight wickets in the third and final One Day International here and clinched the series 2-1.

After spinners restricted England to a modest 201/9, opener Smriti (53 retired hurt), Mithali and (54 not out) ensured that the hosts crossed the line with 4.4 overs to spare.

had won the first match by one wicket while England had levelled the series after they defeated the hosts by eight wickets in the second game.

But India eves today dished out a clinical performance with both the bat and ball.

For England, wicket-keeper (94) top scored but she failed to find partners. Indian spinners wreaked havoc on English batters, as they shared six wickets, while veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami (2-39) too chipped in.

Off-spinner (2-35), left-arm orthodox bowler (2-32) and leg spinner Poonam Yadav (2-47) were among the wickets.

chipped in with 36 runs, but it was Jones, with seven fours and a six in her knock, who ensured that England went beyond the 200-run mark.

While chasing, gave a brisk start and complemented Raj. After the left-handed was retired hurt, joined the and the two took India home.

But Mithali was the cynosure of eyes at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here as she punished English bowlers, hitting nine boundaries.

After losing the T20 tri-series, which also involved apart from England, and the ODI series to the Southern Stars, India finally found the winning momentum against England.

Brief Scores: England Women 201/9 in 50 overs (Amy Jones 94, 36, Rajeshwari Gaikwad 2-32) lost to India Women 202/2 in 45.2 overs (74 not out, Deepti Sharma 54 not out, 2-37) by eight wickets.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 18:00 IST