INDW vs ENGW: India win by 5 wickets, England take series 2-1

INDW vs ENGW: England won the three-match series 2-1 after a dominant show in the first two encounters.

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INDW vs ENGW: India avoided a whitewash in the T20I series against England by securing a thrilling five-wicket victory in the final match on Sunday. Brilliant bowling performances from Shreyanka Patil and Saika Ishaque, coupled with Smriti Mandhana's crucial half-century secured India's win.

After winning the toss, England opted to bat first. However, the decision proved to be costly as they faced a fiery Indian bowling attack. Shreyanka and Saika wreaked havoc on the English batting lineup, claiming three wickets each. While Renuka Singh removed Sophia Dunkley and Maia Bouchier early in the innings.

Spin magic from India

Captain Heather Knight and Amy Jones tried to stabilise the innings with a 41-run partnership. However, Saika struck twice in consecutive deliveries, dismissing Jones and Danielle Gibson. Shreyanka then joined the party, taking three wickets in quick succession to leave England reeling at 76 for eight.

Knight dug deep and reached a well-deserved fifty, but her efforts weren't enough to prevent England from being bowled out for 126. Amanjot Kaur picked up the final two wickets in the final two balls of the innings.

Smriti Mandhana's gritty knock

India's chase started poorly with Shafali Verma falling early. But Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana steadied the ship with a crucial 57-run partnership. Mandhana anchored the Indian innings, reaching a 48 before being dismissed by Sophie Ecclestone.

Despite losing Deepti Sharma and Richa Ghosh in quick succession, India remained calm. Amanjot Kaur, alongside Harmanpreet Kaur, guided the team home with a composed partnership. Kaur's two boundaries off Ecclestone in the penultimate over eased the pressure, and she eventually hit the winning runs with an elegant reverse sweep.

This win helped India avoid a series whitewash and ended the T20I series on a positive note. England won the series by 2-1. The two teams will now lock horns in the only Test Match which is scheduled to start on December 14.