Amy Jones paid tribute to Harmanpreet Kaur’s brutal attack in the second ODI, admitting there was not much bowlers could do when she was in such soft form. She said the team will learn from the loss and strive to win the third ODI with Women’s Championship points on the line.
Amy Jones broke a single figure at Canterbury on Wednesday after conceding a series loss to India in her first outing as England captain following an 88-point loss in the second ODI. It’s the first time the visitors have won in an ODI series against the English since 1999 and have the opportunity to record an unlikely sweep. However, the wicket-keeper batsman could take solace in the fact that they fielded a young squad, missing Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver among others.
“The big names are missing, they add a lot but it gives others opportunities,” Amy Jones said in ESPN Cricinfo’s post-match presentation.
Women in Blue’s triumph was largely orchestrated by the skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, which recorded the third highest score ever by an Indian woman in the ODIs. The talisman’s outburst in deaths saw her finish at 143* from 111 deliveries, hitting 18 boundaries and four sixes in the process. The 33-year-old has scored 48 points over her last 13 deliveries, taking the visitors to their second-highest ODI score of all time at 333/5. In response, England never really looked in contention and although Danni Wyatt’s well-paced 65 raised some hope, it was never going to be enough as the team were regrouped for 245.
“Every loss is tough, they got away from us, Harm flipped a switch at the end. We didn’t get close enough, we needed big partnerships and winning sets. She was finding the boundary everywhere, it was important to slow down. A big learning curve for the band, responding to times like this. Everywhere we played it, she found the limit,” Jones added.
The two teams will face off in the ODI final at the iconic Lord’s on Saturday. The last time the venue hosted a women’s ODI was five years ago, when the same two sides faced off in the final of the ICC 2017 Women’s World Cup, with the hosts emerging as winners. Even though the series is already decided, the encounter will still contribute to the ICC Women’s Championships rankings which will ultimately decide which teams qualify for the next World Cup. The game will be a particularly big occasion for India with veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami retiring after a stellar international career spanning nearly two decades.
“Inexperience can lead to inconsistencies, but such a good hitter on such good form is a big challenge. But not everywhere, points on the line at Lord’s. Last game at Lord’s is another opportunity for a younger team to step up. Last game of the season, a long season. You don’t need any prompting. What an occasion and what a place,” concluded the England skipper.
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