21st over: India 83-4 (Mandhana 47, Sharma 21) No risks taken by India against Emma Lamb- and just a single for the tally.
Thanks to Hypocaust for this fab stat on Anna Harris. At 23 I could barely make a decision for myself – let alone send international batters on their way.
20th over: India 82-4 (Mandhana 46, Sharma 21) The fifty partnership comes up, with a sweep, from 63 balls. The sun is still shining and the picnics are being opened. A good smattering of Indian shirts in the crowd.
19th over: India 78-4 (Mandhana 44, Sharma 19) Emma Lamb replaces Sophie Ecclestone for the two left-handers. Both are lucky to be there at the end of the over after a hapless mix-up, which finds both batters at the same end. Luckily for India, Charlie Dean lands awkwardly and is unable to grab hold of the ball, and then throws a wet lettuce towards the waiting Amy Jones and Mandhana gets back.
18th over: India 74-4 (Mandhana 42, Sharma 17) Sharma avoids getting an edge on a beauty from Dean, before easing her down to deep third for four. The momentum slowly picking up.
17th over: India 66-4 (Mandhana 40, Sharma 11) They’re not going to target Ecclestone, don’t be silly. But there is a boundary at last – Sharma heaving into the legside and over the head of Dunkley.
Shruti (I’m so sorry, I don’t know her surname) is talking to Nick Knight about the success of the ECB’s Dream Big Desi Women programme. Fantastic work by all concerned to get 2,000 South Asian women now volunteering in cricket. Shruti talks about the importance of the 2017 World Cup in kicking off interest.
16th over: India 58-4 (Mandhana 37, Sharma 6) Mandhana watches carefully as Dean walks in, hair in a bun, sunglasses on. India ease her for three singles, but no acceleration yet. Who are they going to target?
15th over: India 54-4 (Mandhana 35, Sharma 5) Mandhana v Ecclestone is what we’re here for. Mandhana picks a single off the leg side and Sharma sees off the rest of Ecclestone’s first over.
14th over: India 52-4 (Mandhana 34, Sharma 5) Charlie Dean whizzes through an over – just a leg bye and a single.
13th over: India 51-4 (Mandhana 33, Sharma 5) At last, India find some oomph-pa. Eight from Kemp’s over, including a glorious pull for four by Mandhana. They pause for drinks.
12th over: India 43-4 (Mandhana 26, Sharma 4) A double change with Charlie Dean stepping into Cross’s enormous footsteps. Four from it, as the dog brings me a dirty tennis ball from the garden.
11th over: India 39-4 (Mandhana 25, Sharma 1) Kemp replaces Freya Davies at the end of the power play – and Mandhana picks up four with a back-foot lift which an energetic Tammy Beaumont leaps over the top of – taking off a second too soon. The vocal Indian supporters in the crowd are thrilled.
10th over: India 32-4 (Mandhana 18, Sharma 1) Cross has three for 11 off her five and doing a superb job for Jones. Mandhana uncharacteristically pokey in that over – a leading edge, then an inside edge – runs, but not many.
9th over: India 29-4 (Mandhana 16, Sharma 0) This match is going to slip away quickly from India unless someone can stick with Mandhana. Jones called for a review with a shrug and a smile but it was full ball that, the TV cameras confirmed, hit the pad first. Excellent work!
The on-field umpire says no, but Danni Wyatt persuades Amy Jones to go upstairs. With great effect! India folding like a squished accordion here.
8th over: India 22-3 (Mandhana 16, Deol 1) Kate Cross is moving the ball on a string this morning, three for eight and the most feared batter in the Indian side back in the changing room. On the England balcony, Keightley is still taking careful notes, even in her last game in charge.
Harmanpreet reviews, it swings in a mile or so, she plays across the navy front pad and … yes – it’s umpire’s call and an unsmiling Harmanpreet has to walk back.
7th over: India 17-2 (Mandhana 12, Kaur 4) A Freya Davies maiden.
6th over: India 17-2 (Mandhana 12, Kaur 4) Cross drops Harmapreet, on four. I say drop, it was more like trying to catch an (enormous) fly that buzzed out of reach. Two beauties either side though, one that beats her on the inside and draws a line between her legs and her torso. Fantastic bowling.
5th over: India 15-2 (Mandhana 11, Kaur 2) Soft hands save Kaur from a push that falls just in front of second slip.
Tone, I’ve just realised what you were getting at – apologies. Yes, this is the last international of the year, sob. But we will (excuse the plug) be running the County Blog next week for the final week of the Championship – from 10am ish – Monday to Thursday to bring the curtain finally down on the season.
4th over: India 11-2 (Mandhana 10, Kaur 1) Fabulous bowling by Cross – can the Indian engine room now take control of this game? Cross shimmies one past the outside edge of Mandhana’s bat, as she is nearly forced back onto her own stumps.
Yastika shimmies and tries to lift the ball towards the pavilion, but the ball deviates onto her leg and into the stumps. Two wickets for nothing for Cross!
3rd over: India 10-1 (Mandhana 10, Yastika 0) High elbow, perfect stance, a Mandhana cover drives eases to the boundary. And now off the back foot, effortless, for four more. Davies looks nonplussed.
“Could this be the last time this summer, the last chance to reach out to the OBO world?” taps Tone White.
”Supplies of hankies and a box of rouge are prepared. Whatever, I shall enjoy the company … oh dear, the tears are coming. I don’t even have a dog to give sympathetic looks and licks … ah well, it’s midi in S of France, where’s my glass?”
Tone, don’t despair, there’s another one?two? matches in Pakistan to come.
2nd over: India 2-1 (Mandhana 2, Bhatia 0) A wicket maiden from the ever neat Kate Cross, running in from from the pavilion end. With the sun shining, Verma takes a wonky stride, a mucky swipe, and misses. Two balls later, she’s out, falling to Cross for the third time this series.
Plodding footwork and through the gate – almost exactly the same way she got out in the last match.
1st over: India 2-0 (Mandhana 2, Verma 0) Freya Davies has the new ball, high blond pony tail swinging from side to side and she springs off her shortish run. Mandhana is off the mark immediately, past backward point for a couple. She drives at another that beats the outside edge.
And now the national anthems: “God save the King.” Actually, just “God Save the King,” unless I missed something.
An impeccably observed minute’s silence for the Queen (not Goswami, the other one, RIP).
Fifteen thousand tickets sold at Lord’s and the sun out. I’m going to make a very quick coffee – do get in touch if you’ve got something to say about today’s play, want to chew over the summer, or discuss your brunch options.
Hang on – the last ODI England played at Lord’s was actually the World Cup final? My brain hadn’t computed that fact. So the World Champions didn’t play at HQ again for five years? Outrageous! For now, a lovely film to remind you of that fantastic day.
One change for England – Freya Davies in for Lauren Bell – while India play the same side that beat England in the last game – thanks to Harmanpreet’s audacious hundred..
Some other stats: this is Tammy Beaumont’s 100th ODI and Lisa Keightley’s adieu – her last game as England coach.
As for Goswami, she was spotted plodding round the outfield early this morning for a brink-of-middle-age run, and was wearing sunglasses at the toss, perhaps to shield her eyes. Asked for the most memorable moment of her career, she picks the 2017 World Cup where India made it that famous final against England. “When our team came back from that, there was something different and women’s cricket in India took off.”
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, Harleen Deol, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh Thakur.
England: Tammy Beaumont; Emma Lamb, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Danni Wyatt, Amy Jones, Freya Kamp, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean, Kate Cross, Freya Davies.
Amy Jones takes a look at the dewy surface and sends her bowlers in.
It’s not just at Lord’s where women’s sport is having a good day – they’re expecting a record WSL crowd at the Emirates, for the game against local rivals Spurs.
Hello! Autumn has fallen like a misty veil this morning, but at Lord’s they’re gearing up for the third ODI – the final match of a series which has already been decided in India’s favour. This is England women’s first time at Lord’s for five years – far too long between drinks.
Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt are the only England players to have previously played an international at Lord’s, and Amy Jones leads a buoyant but young side -shorn of Nat Sciver and Heather Knight – who will have to work hard not be overawed by the occassion
For India, the series in the pocket, today is about Jhulan Goswami – the legendary fast bowler who makes her final international appearance . Her big beaming smile, and long limbs, have been running in for 19 years and at 39 she has the second longest international career after New Zealand’s Vera Burt. But there is more. As Tammy Beaumont says: “It’s not just what she does on the pitch, she’s an absolutely lovely human.”