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December 9, 2005
India 243 for 4 (Jain 103, Sharma 59) beat England 205 (Brindle 52) by 38 runs
Karu Jain struck a brilliant maiden one-day century as India completed a 4-1 series win over England with a convincing 38-run victory at Kolkata. Jain's 103 formed the backbone of India's impressive 243 for 4 - the highest total of the series - and although England made a valiant attempt they fell well short.
After being put into bat, Jain and Jaya Sharman launched the Indian innings with a stand of 139 in 28 overs. Jenny Gunn was the only bowler to escape the punishment as her ten overs cost just 23. Arran Brindle eventually broke the stand but Jain marched on. She was run out by Brindle after facing 147 balls and striking 15 boundaries.
Anjum Chopra provide some late impetus to the innings with 26 off 21 balls, while the England attack will have disappointed with the 16 wides they gave away.
In the fourth match of the series England were dismissed for just 50, and a repeat was on the cards when they sank to 26 for 4 in the 13th over of the chase. Jhulan Goswami, who took 5 for 16 in the last match, was again outstanding with the new ball. Her ten overs cost a miserly 11 runs, putting England well behind the required rate.
However, Brindle and Lydia Greenway showed some impressive fight by adding 89 in 19 overs. Brindle stroked seven boundaries in her 52, while Greenway hit three in her 57-ball 40. But they couldn't overcome such a poor start and the tail was left with too much to do.
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