As Heather Knight couldn’t recover from her injury, Anya Shrubsole captained the first match of the series.
After winning the toss, she opted to bat first. The England women had a great start with 71 runs for the first wicket.
The pitch offered turn and helped the spinners. Poonam picked three quick wickets that changed the course of the match. Wyatt was caught by Mandana while Beaumont and Jones gave the return catch to Poonam. Bisht and Deepti also joined the party to grab three and two wickets respectively. Poonam ended with four wickets.
Wilson and Hazell added an important partnership, in the end, to take England to 207.
India lost Devika early, but Mandana carried her brilliant form, scored her sixth fifty in seven matches. Kaur and Deepti gave her the support from the other end. When Smriti fell for 86, the Indian team collapsed, and the wickets tumbled. At one point, it looked like a repeat of the World Cup final, last year.
Somehow, the tail-enders held their nerves to take India home. Tiny partnerships between Shikha Pandey and Bisht; Yadav and Bisht helped India to cross the finish line.