That the feat was achieved in the mecca of cricket — of the Lord — made it doubly satisfying.
Sent to bat, India were poised for a paltry 169, and at the time it looked like the tourists may have failed to make the match one to remember for their legendary setter, who calls it after two decades of incredible service to the game.
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However, the Indians managed to pull off a win as Charlotte Dean (47) was deemed controversially exhausted, for stepping back.
Dean, who nearly secured a stunning win for the hosts after going shocked 65 for seven and then 103 for eight, was off his field and Deepti Sharma was content to hold the ball to withdraw the deposits, leaving the English speechless.
Recently, ICC while changing the playing conditions had changed this type of dismissal from ‘foul play’ to ‘exhaustion’. The changes would come into effect on October 1.
Jhulan Goswami bids farewell to international cricket
On the expected lines, the day revolved around 39-year-old warhorse Jhulan Goswami, who leaves the stage as the highest wicket taker in women’s cricket, having started his journey in 2002.
Harmanpreet Kaur, who let Jhulan call the draw in a touching gesture, could not hold back tears, even as the Bengal Cricket Association (CAB) planned to name a stand in the Gardens of Eden after the “Chakdaha Express”.
She finished with excellent numbers of 2/30 in her full quota of 10 overs, including three first overs.
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The competitive Indian has seen the game evolve over her long journey of unforgettable moments and a few unpleasant days.
While not expected to be at her peak in her final streak, Jhulan has done enough on her own to come out on top, having played cleanly in her last three international matches.
She was lucky to get her first wicket of the day with a short, her second scalp came when the pacer kicked Kate Cross with her ball number 10,001 in ODI, again something no other player did not realize.
England captain Amy Jones’ decision to play first appeared to have paid off as India continued to lose wickets at regular intervals to be consolidated in 45.4 overs. India were in deep trouble at 29 for four early in their innings, but then came revival.
Versatile Deepti Sharma scored for the visitors with an unbeaten 68 from 106 balls, while flyhalf Smriti Mandhana was the second highest scorer, making exactly 50 runs from 79 deliveries.
Except these two, and Pooja Vastrakar (22), to some extent, none of the Indian hitters could make a substantial contribution in the final game of the series, which the tourists bagged with wins in the first two games.
Among England bowlers, average player Kate Cross returned with excellent figures of 4/26, while there were two wickets each for Freya Kemp and Sophie Ecclestone.
Shocked by back-to-back setbacks in their own lair, England entered the game looking to stop the Indian juggernaut and claim a consolation win. When both teams returned to the locker room at the end of the first leg, England seemed to be on the right track.
However, after a steady start, England suffered their first blow when Yastika Singh delivered an excellent stumping to signal the end of 21-year-old Emma Lamb’s stay in the middle, the successful bowler being Renuka Singh.
Playing in her 100th match, Tammy Beaumont (8) was taken out by Renuka and then Jhulan got involved in the thick of it, knocking out Alice Capsey for 5.
Sophia Dunkley (7) also fell lightly, against Renuka, as England slipped to 43 for four in the 12th. It became 53 for five in the next game as left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad hit the top of Danni Wyatt’s center stump.
Sophie Ecclestone lasted just three balls with Gayakwad striking again to leave the hosts faltering at 53 for six in the 15th.
After an invaluable half-century, Deepti Sharma replaced Freya Kemp (5) as India edged closer to victory.
England seemed to have found their savior in the duo of skipper Jones (28) and Charlie Dean, but Renuka fired the former to keep India ahead.
The last time India women won an ODI series in England was in 1999 when they triumphed 2-1.