Despite half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma, India was bowled out for 169, putting in jeopardy the victorious farewell they had hoped to give Jhulan Goswami. India Sends Goswami Off by Winning the Series 3-0.
But India’s bowlers, headed by Renuka Thakur (4-29), came through in the clutch. Helping their team win by 16 runs in a low-scoring thriller at Lord’s on September 24 and win the series 3-0.
Charlotte Dean, who battled valiantly with an 80-ball 47, backed up too much at the non-end, striker’s and Deepti removed the bails, leaving the batter in tears and the spectators in disbelief.
India knocked England out for 153 to guarantee the great bowler, who brought down the curtain on her spectacular 20-year career, rode out into the sunset on a winning note.
Goswami Ended Her ODI Career
Goswami contributed with 2-30, ending her ODI career with 255 wickets in addition to 44 wickets in Tests and 56 wickets in T20Is. Tearful Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur, accompanied by Goswami, took the field for the toss, where the coin was flipped in favor of England’s Amy Jones.
The early wickets taken by Jones’ pacers, notably those of Kate Cross, put India in a precarious position. For the third time in as many games, Cross was responsible for Shafali Varma’s dismissal, this time bowling her out through the gate without scoring a run.
Harmanpreet got out for the first time in this ODI series when he was trapped leg-before by Cross, and Yastika Bhatia was also bowled by Cross for a duck. India’s score dropped to 29/4 in under 10 overs as Harleen Deol was out lbw to Freya Davies.
Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma put on 50 runs together to aid India’s comeback, but Mandhana was bowled by Cross just after she reached her half-century. When the partnership between Deepti and Pooja Vastrakar for the seventh wicket ended, they had added 40 runs to the total, but then Freya Kemp took care of the rest of the innings.
Honor That Goswami Achieved for His Contribution
Goswami was given a guard of honor before getting bowled by Kemp on the first ball she faced. With Deepti remaining at the batting crease on 68 and 4.2 overs left, India’s innings were halted.
Goswami, who was honored with a second guard of honor when India entered the field for the second innings, began with a maiden and kept things close despite Emma Lamb striking a couple of boundaries.
Bhatia’s deft glovework resulted in a stumping for Lamb, and Thakur was economical at the other end as well. Playing in her 100th One-Day International for England, Tammy Beaumont got off to a slow start, scoring just 4 runs off her first 17 deliveries until she swatted away a stray ball from Goswami for a boundary.
Thakur persuaded her captain that she had caught Beaumont in front, but replays showed that the collision had been far outside off, and India lost the review. However, on the very next ball, she got her wicket when Beaumont was bowled for attempting a shot down the incorrect line.
Goswami got his wicket when Alice Capsey hit a short ball straight to Harleen at cover-point in the last over of a prolonged six-over stint. Renuka took three wickets off Sophia Dunkley in the sixth over of her maiden stint, which lasted seven overs.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad Performed Well
After Danielle Wyatt had smashed two fours from India’s new spinner, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, she was bowled with a superb ball. England’s score dropped to 53/6 in the 15th over thanks to Gayakwad’s two wickets; the seasoned Goswami made a superb catch at slip to remove Sophie Ecclestone.
With the left-handed Freya Kemp at the crease, England’s bowling assault shifted to include Deepti, who eventually had the batter caught by Harleen at backward point. Then, England’s skipper Jones and Charlotte Dean put up a decent partnership, adding 38 runs for the ninth wicket and giving India some nervous moments.
India had tried their luck with the spinners, notably Dayalan Hemalatha, for a few overs before bringing back Thakur. When Jones dropped a catch at deep midwicket to a diving Harleen, India’s best bowler of the match provided the game-changing breakthrough.
Over the course of five overs, India has held at bay thanks to Dean and Cross’s batting, but Goswami ended the standby by bowling Cross in her last over. Her teammates hugged her as she finished the last over of her career, and the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Finishing Up the Discussion
If Goswami had made a routine catch when Dean tripped over Deepti, it would have been an appropriate conclusion. After then, tensions rose in India due to the presence of Dean and No.
11. With a 35-run partnership, Davies helped bring England dangerously close to their goal. Unfortunately for the home team, the game was called when Deepti discovered that Dean had escaped the crease and lowered the bail.