Laura Marsh takes England to series win
England 126 for 5 (Marsh 47*) beat India 125 for 4 (Harmanpreet 30*) by five wickets
Laura Marsh and Jenny Gunn gave England the series win with a five-wicket victory in the third Twenty20 in Mumbai. England were set to chase just 126 but after their collapse in the second match, it was not expected to be an easy chase.
And the win had looked doubtful when they lost three wickets with 23 on the scoreboard. Danielle Hazell was bowled when she stepped outside leg stump looking to cut left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana in the second over. Captain Charlotte Edwards fell in the next over for an 11-ball 17. She was followed, two balls later, by Katherine Brunt, stumped off Sultana for 4.
But Marsh and Morgan steadied the innings with a 49-run stand - the highest of the series. England's fifty came up in 6.4 overs as compared to India who reached the landmark in 9.1 overs. While the Indian batsmen had struggled against England's main spinners, Marsh and Morgan played India's spinners with ease. Morgan's dismissal in the 11th over did not put England off course. Gunn assisted Marsh well, rotating the strike and clearing the infield for twos. India were sloppy in the field and lost the opportunity to run out the batsmen.
But even by the 19th over, India had a chance to take the series. England needed 10 off 12 balls and Sultana, who had taken two wickets and kept things tight, came to bowl her final over. Gunn tried to sweep her first ball and was bowled by one that went straight. Sultana conceded two off the next three balls and England needed a run a ball. But Sultana gave a wide off her next ball and Marsh picked a four off the final to ease the pressure.
Marsh had also bowled well during India's innings, breaking the 48-run stand between Poonam Raut and Mithali Raj by having Raut stumped for 26 in the 10th over. Raj fell five balls later and though Harmanpreet Kaur scored an unbeaten 30 off 25, their total wasn't enough at the end of the day.