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Alice Capsey seals 2-1 England series win after spinners derail India

England 126 for 3 (Dunkley 49, Capsey 38*) beat India 122 for 8 (Ghosh 33, Ecclestone 3-25, Glenn 2-11) by seven wickets

A nerveless show from 18-year-old Alice Capsey overcame a late hiccup by England to seal victory over India of their third and closing T20I for a 2-1 collection win in Bristol.

In a low-scoring affair, England’s spinners Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn tied India down, limiting their goal to only 123 after the guests collapsed to 35 for five.

England’s openers, led by Sophia Dunkley’s 49, broke the again of the deficit earlier than the hosts misplaced 3 for 10 in three overs to arrange a tighter end than they might have appreciated.

Nonetheless, Capsey – taking part in her tenth worldwide recreation having made her debut lower than two months in the past – marshalled the run-chase with Bryony Smith, who returned to the England ranks this summer season for the primary time in additional than three years.

England’s (virtually) excellent begin

Early indications did not auger effectively for England within the discipline after Amy Jones gained the toss and opted to bowl first. Jones missed a stumping off Shafali Verma, charging at Smith on the second ball of the match and overwhelmed by the additional bounce, which additionally deceived the wicketkeeper, who failed to assemble cleanly. Smith then received her fingertips to what may have been a return catch low to her left subsequent ball.

However, after Issy Wong struck with a well-executed knuckle ball that was happening leg facet till Verma sidestepped, swung and missed to see the ball ricochet off her pads onto the stumps, two good catches helped scale back India to 19 for 3 contained in the powerplay.

Smith claimed the prize wicket of Smriti Mandhana, the star of India’s eight-wicket victory in Derby on Tuesday, who skied the ball down the bottom solely to seek out Ecclestone charging spherical from long-on to cowl appreciable floor and take a spectacular diving catch, which – though it touched the bottom as she accomplished her dive-roll – was underneath management by that time and subsequently deemed a authorized dismissal. Danni Wyatt mirrored her team-mate’s athleticism with a shocking effort operating in from deep midwicket and launching herself ahead to dismiss Sabbhineni Meghana, making her first look of the tour rather than Kiran Navgire.

When Glenn, the legspinner whose career-best 4 for 23 in Durham was essential in giving England the early collection lead, skidded one by means of to have Dayalan Hemalatha stumped, India had been 21 for 4. Glenn backed that up with a gem that slid by means of the gate and into the highest of Harmanpreet Kaur’s center stump to make it 35 for five.

Caught in a spin

With Glenn having put India on the ropes, it was a place from which they by no means actually recovered. Regardless of the most effective efforts of Richa Ghosh, with 33 from 22, and Deepti Sharma’s 24 at almost a run-a-ball adopted by Pooja Vastrakar’s 19 from 11 late within the innings left-arm spinner Ecclestone took three to maintain them at bay.

India had gone 60 balls with no boundary off the bat earlier than Ghosh powered Smith by means of midwicket within the 14th over. Ecclestone had accounted for Sneh Rana two balls earlier than that when England overturned her not-out lbw choice. There was little doubt when Ecclestone trapped Rana within the penultimate over, beating her tried reverse sweep with one which was monitoring onto leg stump.

In between, Deepti made a blunder when she tried to comb Ecclestone and missed. As Jones juggled the ball behind the stumps, Deepti slid her foot out of her crease pondering the keeper had put the ball down when she had truly gathered and plucked off the bails.

Dunkley’s frustration

After Dunkley and Wyatt had made simply 11 runs between them because the hosts suffered the same collapse in Derby, they had been again in command, reeling off 70 runs earlier than Wyatt picked out Radha Yadav trying to deposit Rana over vast long-on.

Dunkley, who scored an unbeaten 61 off 44 balls in England’s nine-wicket win in Durham, moved fluently into the 40s, discovering the boundary six occasions earlier than she was stranded on 49 as Radha despatched down a maiden within the eleventh over. And that was the place Dunkley stayed when, seemingly pissed off, she swung wildly at a Vastrakar supply that was proper on the right track and clattered into the stumps.

Stress launch

That left England needing 46 off 52 balls and, when Jones misplaced her off stump to Radha, they had been 79 for 3 and India had a flicker of hope. Capsey’s nonchalant reverse-swept 4 off Rana eased the stress, the primary of three boundaries in seven balls as Smith flicked Renuka Singh thorugh fantastic leg and Capsey despatched one by means of the palms of Hemalatha within the deep.

With the equation firmly again in England’s favour, Capsey skipped down to fulfill a Rana full toss and smear it over additional cowl for 4 extra. Capsey and Smith placed on an unbroken stand of 47 runs off 33 balls in all. Capsey’s back-to-back fours off Sharma sealed victory by seven wickets with 10 balls to spare and left her 38 not out from 24 balls, calmly supported by Smith with 13 from 14.

Valkerie Baynes is a common editor at ESPNcricinfo

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