England level series with narrow victory
England Women 177 for 7 (Taylor 43, Gunn 36*, Niranjana 3-24) beat India Women 173 for 9 (Raj 58, Kaur 55, Brindle 3-20) by three wickets
England Women levelled the one-day series against India Women after a three-wicket victory in Truro, setting up a decider in Wormsley on Wednesday. In a match where the scoreline was remarkably similar to the third ODI, England were made to work harder for their victory than on Thursday. Jenny Gunn's unbeaten 36 dragged them over the line with one over to spare in a tense chase, and kept England's hopes of a fourth straight series victory alive.
As on Thursday, England chose to bowl and India's No. 3 Mithali Raj came in early as one of the openers made a duck. Unlike the previous match though, Raj had some support from the other specialist batsmen. She made her third half-century in four matches, and with the assistance of Harmanpreet Kaur (55) guided India to 140 for 2. Her wicket, however, sparked a collapse - India losing seven for 28, on their way to finishing on 173.
England seemed on course for victory as Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway put on 56 for the third wicket, but both were dismissed by medium-pacer Niranjana Nagarajan to even up the game. Heather Knight then chipped in with 24 before becoming Niranjana's third victim. England's nerves were calmed by Gunn, though, who stayed till the end, hitting the winning boundary off the last ball of the penultimate over.