India 127 for 5 (Mandhana 48, Rodrigues 29, Kemp 2-24) beat England 126 (Knight 52, Patil 3-19, Ishaque 3-22) by five wickets
India achieved a five-wicket win against England in their final T20I. Shreyanka Patil and Saika Ishaque were the stars for India with their spin bowling. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues also contributed significantly with the bat as India chased down a modest target of 126 runs.
Patil and Ishaque, who made their T20I debuts in the series, played a crucial role in England’s defeat. Their combined effort, along with an improved batting performance, helped India secure the victory. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur also played a key role in steering India to victory.
India’s spinners Patil and Ishaque took advantage of England’s middle order collapse, while England’s captain Heather Knight’s half-century was the only substantial contribution for the visitors. Knight’s resistance wasn’t enough as India successfully chased down the target with an over to spare, thanks to Amanjot Kaur’s late heroics with the bat.
Newcomer spinners shine for India
Patil and Ishaque, who made their T20I debuts in the first match, played pivotal roles in England’s demise. Patil took key wickets with her offspin, while Ishaque also contributed with crucial breakthroughs, leading to England’s collapse. Both spinners overcame early nerves and proved their worth in the series.
Renuka reprised her powerplay role by taking early wickets once again, providing valuable support to the spinners. India’s batting, led by Mandhana and Rodrigues, showcased improvement compared to their previous performances. England, on the other hand, missed the presence of Nat Sciver-Brunt, who was rested for the match.