Change of tack suits Marsh in win
Laura Marsh was the chief beneficiary of a rejigged batting order as she spearheaded a series-winning run-chase by England women in the decisive final Twenty20 international.
Marsh has languished as low as number nine on this tour, letting her off-spin steal the limelight on India's turning wickets.
However, a last-minute decision to promote the Sussex all-rounder to number four was rewarded with a calm 47 not out, as England reached their target of 126 with five wickets and four balls to spare at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex.
Charlotte Edwards may not have realised her aim of a first one-day series win for England in India, but 2-1 victory in the Twenty20 leg at least provides evidence of their form heading to the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean next month.
The England captain won the toss and asked India to bat, whereupon Katherine Brunt removed the dangerous Sulakshana Naik for one.
India kept wickets intact throughout their innings but, with the exception of birthday girl Harmanpreet Kaur, who turned 21 today, all the middle-order batsmen scored at under a run a ball. Kaur finished 30 not out from 25 balls as the hosts made 125 for four.
England promoted both Danielle Hazell and Brunt to their top three in reply, but they and Edwards were all gone inside the first four overs as England slipped to 23 for three in the face of Gouher Sultana’s troublesome left-arm spin.
The hard work was done by Marsh, who knuckled down for stands of 49 with Beth Morgan and 44 with Jenny Gunn. Her patient innings spanned 53 balls and included just five fours.
Edwards said: “It is great to finish the tour on a real high. Our priority was to win the Twenty20 series.
“We have all worked hard as a team throughout the tour, it has been great to see some of the younger girls getting international experience and making the most of their opportunities.
“I’m looking forward to the defending our Twenty20 title in the West Indies.”
The International Cricket Council later confirmed that India left-arm spinner Poonam Raut, who took 3-12 in the second match of the series, has been reported for a suspect action.
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