Spectators at Worcestershire CCC’s New Road ground witnessed a record-breaking performance and a thrilling finish as India Women defeated England Women by four wickets in the final Royal London One-Day International.
India captain Mithali Raj saw her side to victory with three balls to spare after scoring an unbeaten 75 in pursuit of a 220 target.
In the process she became the highest ever scorer in women’s ODI cricket, overhauling the figure of 10,273 by former England captain, Charlotte Edwards.
Fittingly, it was Raj who hit the winning boundary – her eighth – off Katherine Brunt and her fine knock spanned 86 deliveries.
England won the series 2-1 but saw their points lead cut to 6-4 in the multi format with three T20Is still to play.
Worcestershire Women’s Rapids spinner, Sarah Glenn, returned 1-26 from seven overs on her home ground, trapping India opener Smriti Mandhana (49).
Natalie Sciver (49) and captain Heather Knight (46) were the main contributors with the bat for England who were bowled out for 219 in 47 overs.