After ending the One-Off Test in a draw against the hosts England Women, India Women ended the three-match ODI series on the losing cause. Despite losing the first two ODIs, they came back strongly in the third & final ODI escaping a complete white-wash. Although, Mithali Raj stood out from the Indian side, scoring 50+ in all three ODIs.
Mandhana takes a flying catch to dismiss Nat Sciver
Indian opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana took a breathtaking catch off Deepti Sharma during the third ODI against England. Mandhana took the catch to dismiss Nat Sciver who was batting brilliantly on 49. She was fielding in the deep midwicket region where she ran and dived to her left to grab the ball.
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The incident took place in the 38th over of England innings. Nat Sciver was batting on 49 when she mistimed a lofted shot off Deepti Sharma between the deep midwicket and long on region. Smriti Mandhana running to her left dived full length and grabbed the ball with both hands. The best part of the catch was despite running and diving, Mandhana did not lose sight of the ball and grabbed it clean. Mandhana was praised on Twitter for her brilliant effort in the field.
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Mandhana, then also contributed with the beat. In the second innings of the game she gave India a good start in the run chase of 220. She scored 49 runs off 58 balls with the help of eight boundaries. She perished to an incoming delivery from Sarah Glenn. Nonetheless, India went on to win the match by four wickets, thanks to Mithali Raj's third consecutive half century in the ODI series. Raj scored an unbeaten 75 off 86 balls. In the process, she also became the leading scorer in women's cricket across formats.
After losing the ODI series 2-1, India will now play three T20Is starting from July 9.