It is the second ODI between India and England and Katherine Brunt is fuming. If she kicks at the popping crease one more time, the umpire may have to call for mortar to fill the burgeoning cavity.

Brunt is not happy with her run-up. There are too many footholes and they're upsetting her rhythm. She had already pulled up twice earlier and this is the third time. Three times the anger, and someone's sure going to bear the brunt of it.

"It was kind of unusual - not wet, it's very dry," she says, in a low, gentle voice, looking back on that passage of play. "Sometimes, being an angry fast bowler frustrates you. I don't like to think anything gets the better of me but it just happens at times."

Punam Raut, the India opener, makes matters worse, fishing outside the off stump. Her first edge beats first slip. The second somehow slips by the most menacing presence behind the stumps - Sarah Taylor.

England are faced with a tall order: they are 1-0 down and have to defend 161 to stay alive in the series and, based on Brunt's reactions, it looks like even the ground beneath their feet is working against them.

The camera is quick to cut to the exasperated fast bowler shaking her head. Within moments, Anya Shrubsole is by her side, but can anyone really calm Brunt down when she's in this mood?

"We're still trying to figure that out," quips coach Mark Robinson, from a corner of the Wankhede Stadium's press-conference room, where Brunt is holding court after securing the third ODI for England, and denying India a whitewash, with figures of 5 for 28.

A day before this match, the MCC announced that Brunt and Shrubsole, along with a few of their team-mates, will finally be up on the Lord's honours board. Recognition from the home of cricket, where Brunt took the first of her five ODI five-fors. The 33-year old has been playing for 15 years - she has appeared in four 50-over World Cups - and she's still here. The oldest member of the current squad, and maybe the most important one.

Brunt was visiting India after nearly six years. More pertinently, she hadn't taken a wicket off them in her last five innings and was coming off a back injury that had kept her out of the T20 World Cup. But there she was, running in on a pitch not particularly made for (angry) fast bowlers, and still generating enough movement to keep the opposition under pressure.

It didn't result in wickets during the first two ODIs of the series but on the third, she produced a #ThrowbackThursday performance, an encore of her five-wicket haul against India in 2010 that helped England defend 183 by a nail-biting three runs.

On Thursday, in three blistering spells, Brunt simply gobbles up India's top five. She castles Jemimah Rodrigues in the very first over. Then, in the 29th, when India are 129 for one, she has Smriti Mandhana caught at deep square-leg. India collapse, losing six wickets for 21 runs to finish on 205 for eight.

You would think her job on the day is done. But if you have seen her sweat it out in the nets at the Wankhede with a bat in hand through the past week, you would know she'd be up for the chase too, should the need arise. And it does. With 32 runs to get, Brunt walks in at No. 9. No foot-holes now to bother her.

She starts with a few copybook blocks and wild swings. There's an almighty cut in 47th over off her contemporary, Jhulan Goswami. What's meant to be a four is limited to two runs thanks to Shikha Pandey's dive at the boundary.

Brunt is in no mood to put up with more things going against her. So, three balls later, she launches left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad for her solitary four en route to a 20-ball 18.

There is one last moment of frustration, though, thanks to Raut again. With England needing only two runs to win, she pulls legspinner Poonam Yadav straight into Raut's hands at short midwicket.

Brunt doesn't stomp her foot this time. Instead, she shakes her head in silence as her batting partner Georgia Elwiss puts an arm around her. Soon enough, she's celebrating a pride-salvaging two-wicket win, set up by her own five-wicket haul, proving quite emphatically that though her back has required two surgeries, it's still strong enough to carry all of England's hopes.

Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo