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England reign in the rain

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England women beat India by 29 runs on Duckworth-Lewis to complete a remarkable comeback and win the five-match NatWest Series having trailed 2-0.

After losing at Lord's and Taunton, England improved to win the third and fourth encounters to set up a winner-takes-all clash at Sir Paul Getty's magnificent ground at Wormsley.

With bright sunshine frequently giving way to storm clouds, the hosts finally found some form to run out comfortable winners.

After restricting India to 152 for eight, a modest total but something of a miracle after they were 15 for four, England's victory march was built upon a 57-run partnership between Lydia Greenway and the in-form Arran Brindle.

Sarah Taylor

Gouher Sultana is bowled by spinner Holly Colvin as England restrict India to 152 for nine from their 50 overs at Wormsley

The pair came together in the 21st over with England wobbling ever so slightly at 64 for three; captain Charlotte Edwards, Sarah Taylor and Tamsin Beaumont were all back in the pavilion.

With the excitable Indians sensing a series win, Greenway and Brindle gradually subdued the tourists during the 13 overs they were together.

In contrast with India, who struggled to hit boundaries, the England duo struck seven between them as Brindle played powerfully through the off side and Greenway looked equally comfortable, at one stage striking two fours from three balls off Reema Malhotra's leg spin.

Their partnership ended in the 34th over when Brindle unwisely attempted a second to third man and was run out by Poonam Raut's direct hit.

But, by then, England were comfortably ahead on Duckworth-Lewis when rain forced the players off at the start of the 37th over.

Umpires David Millns and Neil Bainton wandered out for an inspection but lightning circling the ground and further torrential rain prompted a swift retreat and the game was called off soon after.

Katherine Brunt

England seamer Katherine Brunt celebrates after dismissing Indian opener Poonam Raut in the first over the of day in the final ODI today

England made a perfect start earlier in the day when Katherine Brunt tempted Raut into an ugly swipe off the fifth ball of the match, which a tumbling Sarah Taylor gobbled up with ease.

Georgia Elwiss' wonderful opening spell plunged India further into the mire - the Sussex bowler took 3-9 from eight miserly overs as she continued to impress with the new ball.

In her first over, Elwiss had Sulakshana Naik caught behind and the same fate befell star batsman Mithali Raj three overs later.

Veda Krishnamurthy hit the first boundary of the day at the start of the 14th over but Elwiss had her revenge by crashing into the stumps next ball

Gouhar Sultana and Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the ship with a 41-run stand either side of a short break for rain, yet runs were exceedingly hard to come by as England's bowlers turned the screw.

The home side were celebrating in the 30th over when Holly Colvin bowled Sultana and the returning Brunt induced Kaur, who threatened a big score having made 40, to shovel a short ball straight to Elwiss at short fine-leg.

The watchful Malhotra, who finished unbeaten on 36 from 60 balls, maintained a cautious approach which allowed the tailenders to open their shoulders.

Amita Sharma fired two boundaries in her 19 and captain Jhulen Goswami lashed Danni Wyatt for a big six over mid-on.