Harleen Deol failed again at the top for India, but with a sedate Jemimah Rodrigues by her side, Mandhana took on the England bowling, showing a particular liking for Linsey Smith’s left-arm spin. She hit Smith for two fours in the fourth over of the innings and, after hitting the only six of the innings off Kate Cross, took Smith for two more fours in the tenth over after the bowler had accounted for Rodrigues.
Mandhana duly completed her ninth half-century in T20I cricket, but couldn’t go on for much longer as Laura Marsh struck. Just how dominant Mandhana was can be gauged from the team score when she was dismissed: 87.
One wicket brought another for England as Deepti Sharma was run-out, but Raj kept India on course, and it seemed all-but-sewed-up when the final over started. But the strike never went to Raj, and the third T20I ended the way the first two had – in defeat for India.
The five-pronged Indian spin attack did extremely well in the first half. Deepti, who opened the bowling with her offspin alongside pacer Pandey, went wicketless, but Patil and Deol, the other two offspinners in the line-up, picked up two wickets apiece, while left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav, the legspinner, got one each.
It didn’t start badly for England after they opted for first strike upon winning the toss, with Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont giving them a solid half-century stand. Wyatt, coming off knocks of 35 and 64 not out in the two England wins, struck 24 in 22 balls and Beaumont hit 29 in 27, but they slipped from 51 for no loss to 54 for 3 in under three overs and never really recovered.
Amy Jones did chip in with a 21-ball 26, but there was little of note from the other batsmen, and no real partnership of note, as England put up what seemed like a below-par total. But with the Indian batting showing little steel with the exception of Mandhana, it proved just enough.