India took the final wicket of the series in dramatic and controversial fashion with a run-out at the bottom of the non-strikers, while England edged closer to victory in the final one-day international of the series and at Lord’s in the summer.
Harlie Dean had been comfortable on the circle ring, hitting an unbeatable 47 in ninth place as the hosts edged closer to an unlikely win before the end.
Deepti Sharma took the bails after making her delivery step for the final wicket of the women’s international summer.
It’s a rare form of sacking, but has been used before, including by Indian bowlers Vinoo Mankad – after whom it’s traditionally known – and Ravichandran Ashwin.
There was previously an unwritten convention to offer the batter a warning, although the relevant law was recently moved from the Unfair Play section by the International Cricket Council and placed under Run out instead.
Immediately after the third referee upheld the decision, Dean tearfully threw her racquet to the ground as boos at the manner of India’s victory erupted from the crowd, before walking over to shake hands with the opposition.
The Indian players solemnly ran away in the crowd to the delight of many Indian fans, but otherwise it was muted as the visitors began a celebratory lap of honor.
The game should have been a historic moment for India and England as they returned to Lord’s for the first time in five years since they met at the 2017 World Cup final, but it will be remembered for the final controversy.
India had already won the series, having won the first two games comfortably, but were pushed onto the back foot by England and Dean, who had worked hard to create a chance of victory before Sharma’s action.
England needed 17 to win when it came to a phaseout, with Dean taking the lead alongside number 11 Freya Davies, chasing India’s total of 169.
The hosts had previously plummeted to 53 for six in their chase from 27 without a loss, before Amy Jones and Dean partnered up on 38 for the eighth wicket to put the game in the final stages.
In the first innings, Kate Cross was the first choice of England bowlers, winning four wickets for just 26 carries, with Smriti Mandhana on 50 and Deepti Sharma on 68 unbeaten.
The match was Jhulan Goswami’s last appearance in India as she retired from international cricket after making her debut in 2002.
She was out for a golden duck after coming out to an honor guard dismissed by Freya Kemp, who was not born when she earned her first international cap. However, she showed her experience and talent with the ball, taking two for 30 from her 10 overs.