|Charlotte Edwards celebrates her record breaking 100|
picture courtesy of Don Miles
Heather Knight, after her 53 in the first ODI, found batting hard work, although she was facing Jhulan Goswami, who was in inspired form. The veteran Indian fast bowler, playing in her 135th ODI, will rarely have bowled a better 10 overs. She took 3/30 which does not do her justice. When she opened from the Trafalgar Square End she was getting lift and carry through to the keeper Jain, and frequently got past the bat of both Knight and Edwards, but without ever finding the edge. Goswami's opening partner Niranjana was a little less threatening and a little more wayward, but England still had trouble getting the ball off the square. After 10 overs they had made just 26 runs, as opposed to the 62 runs they had scored in the same period in the first ODI.
The pressure obviously told on Knight (13) as just after the powerplay ended she took off for a suicidal run to Pandey at orthodox mid-on. Pandey picked the ball up cleanly and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end to run Knight out by several feet. Sarah Taylor (23) joined her skipper and looked good with a couple of flowing drives through the covers, but having taken the score to 76 she swept early at a loopy ball from Gayakwad (4/42) and only succeeded in gloving it over her own head and on to her leg stump. Lauren Winfield then spent 30 minutes at the crease for her 10 runs, but never looked comfortable. She was stumped off Gayakwad with England on 112.
Goswami returned to bowl the first over of the batting powerplay and she got Greenway (8) lbw with her first ball and then had Beaumont plumb in front with the next. Nat Sciver (17) came to the crease on a hat-trick, but looked as calm as ever and she looked likely to get England motoring again. For the first time batting looked easy, and India spilled a vital chance as Jain dropped Edwards off a mishit ramp shot when she was on 80. Next over Sciver went for another big hit but holed out at long off off Gayakwad. With six overs left Goswami came on for her last and off her very last ball produced a peach which accounted for Gunn (6) clipping the top of her off stump. Dani Hazell (6), hampered by a hamstring injury, fell to Pandey and Shrubsole (4) to Bisht, when Edwards was on 99. Number 11 Kate Cross did what she needed to do as she straight-batted the last ball of the 48th over back to the bowler. It allowed Edwards to complete her hundred in the next over off 138 balls. She ended on 108* as England closed on 214/9.
In reply India made a solid start through the once-again impressive Smriti Mandhana (32) and new opening partner Poonam Raut (11). It was Kate Cross that made the breakthrough in the 10th over when she had Raut caught and bowled. Karuna Jain's dismal tour continued when she became Jenny Gunn's first of four victims (4/23) lbw for 1. Mandhana (31) and Mithali Raj (30) seemed to hold the key India and when Gunn had Mandhana caught at cover point by Lydia Greenway (who had earlier dropped her off Cross), England probably felt they had the game at their mercy.
But India were not done. Harmanpreet Kaur (43) looked cool and calm, even when Raj fell lbw to the golden arm of Heather Knight (2/29). In Vellaswamy Vanitha (23) she found a belligerent partner and together they added 41 in quick time before Vanitha played one shot too many and was well caught by Taylor off Shrubsole. India still needed only five an over, but much rested on Kaur and Jhulan Goswami (18). They brought the equation down to 45 off the last 10 overs, but Gunn then pulled off a remarkable one-handed catch off her own bowling to remove Goswami and swing the game England's way. Pandey came and went, and then Gunn took a great catch at long on to remove Kaur off Shrubsole's bowling. India were 172/8. The tail did what they could but Gayakwad finally fell to Hazell caught at mid-off to leave India 13 runs short of England's total.
England had wrapped up the series; they had another 2 points in the ICC Women's Championship; and Charlotte Edwards was rightly named as Player of the Match. The final game in the series will be played on Monday at Lords.
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