Player ratings (1 to 10, 10 highest)
Shefali Verma , 6: In the opening moments of this match, it looked like Shefali was on the field aiming to stay at the crease, although even in a short innings she went through a couple of fours hitting an outside edge. He was eventually caught by a slow off cutter from Kate Cross. However, incidentally, he also took revenge by getting Cross out later and also his first wicket in ODI cricket.
Smriti Mandhana , 7: Smriti was not seen in its flowing form today. Against the new ball, he made some shots that could have gone for a catch on some other day. He also hit some great shots in the meantime and also completed 3000 runs in One Day International cricket. She was out leg before attempting a sweep when she looked like she might have lost her eyes.
Yastika Bhatia , 8: India’s first wicket fell early in consecutive matches and for the second time in a row, Yastika came to bat at number three and gave momentum to the innings. Against the fast bowling, he made some catchy shots in the off-side and made good use of the steps as well. Despite a hard drive off off-spinner Charlie Dean, she was given a return catch, otherwise she looked to be headed for another big innings. His keeping in this match also looked very clean.
Harmanpreet Kaur , 10: If you look at Harmanpreet’s figures, you will think that what a quick bat the Indian captain must have batted! In fact it was a masterclass on how to pace an ODI innings. Harmanpreet took her time in the beginning and paid full respect to the best England bowlers. After scoring his half-century, he gave some momentum to the innings and took some boundaries with the help of slog sweep. After the century, he scored the last 43 runs in just 11 balls. If she is dismissed for zero in the last ODI, her series average will come to a halt at 217.
Harleen Deol , 9: Today when Harleen came to bat for India at number five, England was making a good comeback in the match. Initially, he had to play with patience but after getting set, he hit some catchy shots and completed his first half-century in ODI cricket. It was also good that she got out while attacking and bowled some effective overs and might have got the wicket of Danny Wyatt if the DRS had not failed.
Pooja Vastrakar , 6: Pooja hits some good shots in a crucial partnership with Harmanpreet. However, it was a forgettable match with the ball for him today. Seeing Capsi’s aggressive attitude, she seemed to forget her direction and length and bowled a few bad deliveries in every over. However, towards the end of the match, he showed agility in getting Kemp run out.
Deepti Sharma , 7: Deepti made some good shots towards the end of the Indian innings and despite bowling a few expensive overs, she dashed England’s hopes with the crucial wicket of Capsi.
Dayalan Hemlata , 8: Hemlata was originally included in the batting XI, and may have found a spot in the top order if early wickets fell. He got the opportunity to field only once or twice till the 30 overs of the second innings but then he spread the magic of his off-spin. Kemp could have been caught out, Jones could have been stumped, and then he was quick in Kemp’s run-out. The last wicket of the match was also in his name.
Jhulan Goswami , 6: India’s experienced fast bowler got off to a good start but how could she survive Capsi’s woes? As such, he displayed his experience in his later spells, bowling cheaply, chasing every ball on the field like a 19-year-old on his first international tour.
Renuka Singh , 10: Renuka got her chance for the first time in the ODI series and she used it well. Sophia Dunkley and Emma Lamb were caught on their incoming ball and they also extinguished England’s last hope by bowling Danny Wyatt on the same ball. The specialty of his bowling was that whenever Harmanpreet needed a wicket, Renuka did this feat for her team.
Rajeshwari Gaikwad , 7: When England got off to a blazing start, it looked like the hosts would bring in the depth of the team. However, with the advent of spin, this run-rate came to a halt, and Rajeshwari was the main producer. While bowling wicket-to-wicket, he closed all the avenues of hitting boundaries and with the help of this pressure his fellow bowlers kept getting wickets.