India v England, 5th women's ODI, Mumbai March 1, 2010

Wyatt helps England to nervy consolation win

Cricinfo staff

England women 210 for 8 (Knight 49, Wyatt 25*) beat India women 206 for 9 (Kaur 84, Raj 50, Shaw 3-34) by two wickets

The nervy finish at the Bandra Kurla Complex provided the perfect end to the one-day series between the teams and set up the Twenty20s wonderfully. World champions England, already having surrendered the series, would have been desperate to end on a high and avoid a 1-4 scoreline. They owed it mostly to No. 7 Danielle Wyatt, who struck 25 not out off 26 balls and shepherded them home with a ball to spare. India though fancied their chances with fine fifties from Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj taking them to a competitive total.

Heather Knight looked to have given the visitors a solid start during the reply with a patient 49. But with the Indian bowlers striking regularly, the task at hand appeared difficult. At 161 for 6, with seven more overs to go, Wyatt was joined by Danielle Hazell, who provided some late momentum hitting three fours en route to a 11-ball 18. Even as Hazell departed, Wyatt held her nerve to reduce the equation to three off the final over.

Put in by England, India were in trouble from the start with Nicky Shaw and Katherine removing four batsmen in quick time. But the experienced Raj along with Kaur put on 80 for the fifth wicket to keep India in the game. Raj was caught behind off Brunt soon after her half-century, but Kaur continued the good work with Soniya Dabir (31 not out). Kaur missed out on a well-deserved hundred, finishing on 84 with nine boundaries, and became Jenny Gunn's second victim.