England 82 for 6 (Capsey 25, Deepti 2-4, Renuka 2-26) beat India 80 (Rodrigues 30, Glenn 2-13, Ecclestone 2-13, Dean 2-16, Bell 2-18) by four wickets
India looked indecisive with the bat from the beginning, and it reflected immediately on the scoreboard. Dean struck with the second ball of the match, trapping Shafali Verma lbw as the batter got stuck in the crease against a full delivery. Smriti Mandhana, too, was lbw, trying to play another full ball from Dean from the back foot.
Harmanpreet Kaur paddled Nat Sciver-Brunt for two back-to-back fours but then missed a straight ball and was lbw. When Deepti Sharma, playing her 100th T20I, edged Lauren Bell behind, India were 29 for 4.
Ecclestone’s sensational, low catch off her own bowling in the following over sent Richa Ghosh back. But there was some resistance from Jemimah Rodrigues, who was one of the two India batters to get to double digits. She played 33 balls and scored 30, mostly using the sweep shot against spinners to find runs. She eventually fell to Glenn in the 13th over, as the eighth wicket.
Ecclestone could have added one more wicket to her tally but England failed to review an lbw chance in the 14th over. She had pinged Titas Sadhu on the boot but there was hardly any appeal. Replays showed there was no bat involved and Sadhu was plumb.
India fight back, briefly
But India didn’t have enough runs to make a match out of it; England needed just five after Deepti’s over. After a couple of runs, Ecclestone got an outside edge off Shreyanka Patil that ran way for four and sealed the series.