44th over: England 245-9 (Dean 37, Bell 11)
43rd over: England 243-9 (Dean 36, Bell 10) A grubber from Vastrakar beats Dean and misses the off stump by this much. England’s tail have at least made this defeat vaguely respectable; at one stage they were 183 for eight and in danger of losing by 130-140 runs.
42nd over: England 237-9 (Dean 33, Bell 7) Dean belts Gayakwad over the plowing Verma at mid-off for four, which makes this her highest ODI score. She goes again later in the over, this team slicing over extra cover for another boundary.
41st over: England 226-9 (Dean 23, Bell 6) Diligent, determined and entirely futile last-wicket partnerships are not an OBOer’s favorite thing.
40th over: England 223-9 (Dean 21, Bell 5) Dean gets four thanks to a misfield by Deol at cow corner. She has beaten well into this series, having made an unbeaten 24 on Sunday.
39th over: England 216-9 (Dean 15, Bell 4) Bell crashes Thakur through backward point for four. It was in the air but well wide of the fielder. There’s no five-for for Thakur, but she does finish with superb figures of 10-0-57-4.
38th over: England 211-9 (Dean 14, Bell 0)
Shafali Verma is going to have a bowl. She’s never taken an ODI wicket, though that might be about to change. And it has!
Cross missed a whip across the line and was hit on the flap of the back pad. She reviewed it – DRS is working again – but it was plumb.
37th over: England 206-8 (Dean 10, Cross 13) Six from Gayakward’s over.
36th over: England 200-8 (Dean 8, Cross 9) Cross cuffs Thakur wide of mid-on for four; then she scampers a single to bring up the 200. England are still ahead, sort of, on the comparison: at this stage India were 184 for three.
35th over: England 193-8 (Dean 8, Cross 2) Gayakwad is back, and Cross drives her just short of Mandhana at long on. England are still batting with intent, even though the game is up.
34th over: England 187-8 (Dean 3, Cross 1) Chastening days like this are an occupational hazard for teams in transition, and in time England’s young players will probably regard it as an important part of their development. For now, though, it’s going to be smart.
33rd over: England 184-8 (Dean 1, Cross 0)
A miserable ODI debut is complete for Freya Kemp. She was at least halfway down the track when Charlie Dean felt her back, and despite a desperate stretch she couldn’t make her ground in time.
32nd over: England 182-7 (Kemp 11, Dean 0) Thakur’s figures are 7-0-42-4.
Thakur has her fourth wicket! Ecclestone picked up a shortish delivery towards deep midwicket, where Deol took a simple catch.
31st over: England 175-6 (Kemp 4, Ecclestone 1)
Another bowling change from Harmanpreet, another wicket. Like Thakur, the offspinner Dayalan Hemalatha needed only three balls to strike. Jones came down the track, missed and was smartly stumped by Yastika Bhatia. India are heading for their first ODI series victory in England since 1999.
30th over: England 168-5 (Jones 38, Kemp 1) That was Thakur’s third wicket, and she almost gets a fourth when Jones is beaten by a beauty that straightens off the seam.
Outstanding bowling from Renuka Singh Thakur! She was brought back because India needed to break this pesky partnership, and it took her just three deliveries to bowl Danni Wyatt with a lovely dipping yorker. Wyatt played superbly, making 65 from 58 balls, but there was nothing she could do about that.
29th over: England 165-4 (Wyatt 64, Jones 38) Jones biffs Sharma back over her head for a one-bounce four. This is now her highest score for England this summer. This year, in fact.
28th over: England 158-4 (Wyatt 62, Jones 33) Wyatt pulls Vastrakar for four, her first boundary since the 15th over. But Vastrakar recovers impressively, conceding only one run from the last five deliveries. England need 176 from 132 balls.
27th over: England 153-4 (Wyatt 57, Jones 33) Sharma returns in place of Deol, and Jones drives a single to bring up a solid fifty partnership. England are dealing largely in ones and twos at the moment, with just one boundary since the 19th over. Wyatt has gone slightly quiet.
26th over: England 149-4 (Wyatt 55, Jones 31) Jones works the new bowler Vastrakar for three twos, though on the first two occasions there’s a slight mix-up with Wyatt. A single off the last ball allows Jones to keep the strike.
25th over: England 142-4 (Wyatt 55, Jones 24) Jones drives Deol just over the leaping Harmanpreet at extra cover, then blazes a drive through the same area for four. A hundred over for England, nine from it.
24th over: England 133-4 (Wyatt 53, Jones 17) Jones’ innings started promisingly, with those drives for four and six off Sharma, but since then she has become a bit stuck. She has 18 from 29 balls, Wyatt 53 from 45.
At this stage of their innings, since you asked, India were 117 for three. But they had a zone-bound Harmanpreet.
23rd over: England 131-4 (Wyatt 52, Jones 17) Harleen Deol, who mixes leg and offspin, comes on to replace Deepti Sharma. Wyatt survives a huge shout for caught behind after fiddling outside off stump, and there’s no DRS so India can’t review the decision. The first replay isn’t conclusive, though my instinct is that Wyatt nicked it. It was a superb take from Yastika Bhatia as well.
22nd over: England 127-4 (Wyatt 50, Jones 15) Goswami replaces Gayakward, who bowled a quietly useful spell of 4-0-15-0. The required rate is starting to become an issue, never mind the fact England are four wickets down. Mind you, Danni Wyatt is beyond reproach – she back cuts Goswami for a single to reach an excellent fifty from 40 balls.
21st over: England 124-4 (Wyatt 48, Jones 14)
20th over: England 119-4 (Wyatt 44, Jones 13) Gayakwad goes up for LBW when Jones misses a sweep. It was missing leg, and DRS isn’t working anyway.
“Evening Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “Just thinking that India’s total was only 37 short of what Essex and Lancashire managed between them in four completed innings. And Harmanpreet made more on her own than each of those four team innings. Strange game is cricket.”
It’s a funny game, and it’s certainly old.
19th over: England 116-4 (Wyatt 42, Jones 12) Amy Jones has had a difficult summer with the bat – I think her highest international score in any form is 36 – but maybe England’s desperate position will free her up. Less thinking, more hitting and all that. She launches Sharma over mid-off for four and then lofts a lovely six straight down the ground.
18th over: England 105-4 (Wyatt 41, Jones 2) The required rate has sneaked above seven years over. This game is only going in one direction.
17th over: England 103-4 (Wyatt 40, Jones 1) England have two chances of winning this game, and Slim has buggered off to watch Answer Smash on Richard Osman’s House of Games.
A huge wicket for India! Capsey gives Sharma the charge but doesn’t get to the pitch and can only slice a drive to mid-off. It’s a soft way to end another charming innings from Capsey: 39 from 36 balls with six fours.
16th over: England 100-3 (Capsey 38, Wyatt 39) Capsey is still scoring at more than a run a ball – 38 from 32 – though she has slowed down after a very fast start. But while she and Wyatt are at the crease, England have a slim chance of a record-breaking victory. They need 234 from 34 overs.
15th over: England 94-3 (Capsey 35, Wyatt 37) The offspinner Deepti Sharma almost comes on. Wyatt cuffs his second ball over mid-off for four; then Capsey, for the second time in her innings, survive a fairly tight run-out referral. She would have been out with a direct hit.
14th over: England 87-3 (Capsey 34, Wyatt 30) Time for some spin, with the left-armer Rajeshwari Gayakward coming into the attack. England will have to go after the slow bowlers at some stage, but for now they are content to milk five low-risk runs.
13th over: England 82-3 (Capsey 33, Wyatt 26) Goswami drifts onto the pads of Wyatt, who drags the ball round the corner for four. Wyatt is dominating this fourth-wicket partnership with Capsey; so far she’s made 26 of the 35 runs they have added. Time for drinks.
12th over: England 76-3 (Capsey 32, Wyatt 21) Vastrakar changes ends to replace Thakur. A loose stroke from Wyatt flies between point and backward point at catchable height and runs away for four. Wyatt’s placement was inadvertently perfect. Capsey also gets away with an edge later in the over, with the ball drifting to the left of backward point.
11th over: England 68-3 (Capsey 30, Wyatt 15) Jhulan Goswami returns to the attack in place of Vastrakar. Capsey wasn’t born when Goswami made her ODI debut in 2002; here they are, competing as equals. It’s a good over from Goswami, including four successive dot balls to Capsey.
10th over: England 66-3 (Capsey 29, Wyatt 14) A quiet over from Thakur – no boundaries, no wickets, nothin’.
9th over: England 61-3 (Capsey 28, Wyatt 11) Wyatt uppercuts Vastrakar for four more, then takes a couple of quick singles to move to 11 from six balls. Capsey has 28 from 14. Dude, the run-rate is not the issue here.
8th over: England 52-3 (Capsey 25, Wyatt 5) Danni Wyatt blasts her first ball through backward point for four. England are going to be hammered here, but at least they are going down swinging.
Ah, apparently DRS isn’t working, so Lamb couldn’t have reviewed the LBW decision anyway. To the naked eye it does look like she was just outside the line.
Emma Lamb has been given out LBW – but I think she should have reviewed it. She walked a long way across to Thakur, missed an attempted flick to leg and was given out. However, the replay suggested she might have been hit outside the line.
7th over: England 45-2 (Lamb 13, Capsey 25) Pooja Vastrakar replaces Goswami, and Lamb laps her cleverly for four. England, Capsey in particular, are batting with the freedom of the damned.