A run out at the non-striker's end helped India sneak in a win in the final ODI in Lord's and complete a 3-0 ODI series whitewash against England on Saturday to maintain their winning streak in the ICC Women's Championship 2022-25.
Led by a brilliant bowling display, India defended 169 at Lord's in dramatic fashion in the third and final ODI to complete a 3-0 whitewash in the series in England. In what was veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami's final appearance in international cricket, India put on a commendable bowling display.
Reduced to 29/4 after being put in to bat, India recovered with Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma stitching together a crucial stand, but once the partnership was broken, India lost wickets at regular intervals and ended up making a below-par total.
Renuka Singh and Jhulan Goswami then delivered a fabulous opening spell to reduce England to 45/4 by the 12th over. Rajeshwari Gayakwad struck twice in her first two overs to further dent England. 53/6 soon turned into 65/7 and the hosts had a huge uphill task on hand, but skipper Amy Jones and Charlotte Dean strung together a brilliant stand to revive England's innings.
While Jones was dismissed, Dean waged a lonely battle, continuing to push England closer to the target. The 21-year-old found support from the lower order and an England win appeared a distinct possibility with Dean closing in on a half-century.
Freya Davies and Dean put on 35 runs for the final wicket, helping England from 118/9 to within touching distance of the target before Deepti Sharma ran Dean out at the non-striker's end in her delivery stride to seal India's win.
With Dean stepping out of her crease early at the non-striker's end, Deepti ran her out before delivering the ball to stun England and help India to a 3-0 ODI series whitewash.
While the dismissal garnered attention from all quarters, according to the updated ICC Playing Conditions that come into force from October 1, the "running out of the non-striker" will be moved from ‘Unfair Play’ section to the ‘Run out’ section.
The series whitewash gave India their first such win over England in an ODI series in 20 years. They had beaten England 5-0 at home in 2002. This is, however, the first time India have whitewashed a non-Asian side in a bilateral ODI series of three or more games.
It was a fitting farewell for Goswami in her final international game and her first at the historic venue since the heartbreaking loss to England in the finals of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in 2017.
India have won all six matches they have played in the ICC Women's Championship 2022-25, and are at the top of the standings, with the 3-0 ODI series win. They had also beaten Sri Lanka 3-0 earlier this year.
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