The scintillating performance by Natalie Sciver has led England to a four-wicket win over India in their third match of the T20 tri-series.
Sciver's fast fifty off 38 balls could successfully pull England out of a miserable 28-3 and could finally guide her team to the winning taget of 124 at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. Sciver's 50 included six fours and one six.
India had earlier posted an underwhelming 123-6 from their 20 overs, with pace bowlers Anya Shrubsole taking 3-31 and Katherine Brunt 2-23. Despite losing regular wickets, England secured victory with seven balls left. England lost their opening match against India before beating Australia in a super over on Saturday.
Sent in to bat, opener Smriti Mandhana top-scored with a 40-ball 45 as India struggled to 123 for six. England then returned to overhaul the target, scoring 124 for six with seven balls to spare.
Earlier, Mandhana smashed seven fours and one maximum blow for a six in her innings, but the other batswomen, including Jemimah Rodrigues (23) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (14), failed to capitalise on their starts.
For England, Anya Shrubsole (3/31) took three wickets and Katherine Brunt (2/23) scalped two to derail India’s innings after they were sent in to bat at Junction Oval.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/23) took three wickets, while Radha Yadav (1/24) scalped one for India.
India women: 123 for 6 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 45; Anya Shrubsole 3/31).
England women: 124 for 6 in 18.5 overs (Natalie Sciver 50; Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3/23).
They face Australia again on Sunday before the final takes place on 12 February.