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By Adam Ellis
A career-best 94 from Amy Jones was not sufficient to forestall England slipping to defeat in opposition to India to lose the three-match ODI series 2-1.
Heather Knight, looking for to develop into the primary England captain to win an ODI series in India, received the toss in Nagpur and elected to bat first.
After the early dismissal of Tammy Beaumont by Jhulan Goswami for four, Jones arrived on the crease to ship an innings that may see the vacationers go the 200 mark.
Jones, of Warwickshire and Loughborough Lightning, was capable of kick into gear in a 63-run partnership with Heather Knight for England’s third wicket.
The England skipper scored 36 off 59 balls on a pitch that favoured the seamers fairly than spin. Yet it was the spin of Deepti Sharma that wobbled England of their place of consolation.
Knight misjudged Sharma’s off-break to select long-on and depart at 90-Three.
Nat Sciver rapidly adopted Knight again to the pavilion Three overs later and the remainder of England’s batting line-up would fail to surpass scores of 20 or extra. But Jones’ consummate innings stored the runs flowing to carry England’s whole to 201-9 by the top of their 50 overs.
Sadly there was to be no century for Jones, run out for 94 within the last over. Her dismissal was a minimum of partly right down to a sore hamstring, an harm that may stop her from taking the sphere all through India’s innings.
Half-centuries by Smriti Mandhana (53), Mithali Raj (74*), and Deepti Sharma (54*) steered the hosts to their goal inside 46 overs, despite being 23-2 early on.
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