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England lose international at Lords against India after controversial mankad incident for final wicket

India’s women’s team has sparked intense controversy over a dubious mankad incident to claim the final wicket of their 3-0 series clean-sweep against England at Lords.

England trailed 2-0 to India but looked to be closing in on victory in the final one-day international of the series – and summer – at Lord’s on Saturday.

Charlie Dean had looked comfortable at the crease and hit a chanceless 47 at number nine as the hosts looked to be closing in on an unlikely victory.

But bowler Deepti Sharma took the bails off after entering her delivery stride.

It is a rare form of dismissal but has been used before, including by Indian bowlers Vinoo Mankad, after whom it has traditionally been known.

India's Rajeshwari Gayakwad celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the match against England in the third women's one day international match at Lord's, London, Saturday Sept. 24, 2022. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
Camera IconThe controversial incident sealed India a clean-sweep of the series. Credit: Steven Paston/AP

There has previously been an unwritten convention to offer the batter a warning, though the relevant law was recently moved by the International Cricket Council from the ‘Unfair play’ section and filed instead under ‘Run out’.

Immediately after the third umpire upheld the decision, Dean threw her bat to the ground in tears as boos rang out from the crowd.

England all-rounder Georgia Elwiss, who was not playing in the match, was not impressed. “Has that not just left the sourest taste in the mouth at the end of this international summer? I’m dumbfounded,” she said on BBC Test Match Special.

The match 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 matches comfortably, but had been pushed onto the back foot as England and Dean worked hard to give themselves a chance of victory before Sharma’s action.

India's Rajeshwari Gayakwad is lifted up by teammates after winning the match against England in the third women's one day international match at Lord's, London, Saturday Sept. 24, 2022. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
Camera IconIndia celebrate their series victory. Credit: Steven Paston/AP

England required 17 to win when the run-out occurred, with Dean leading the way alongside No.11 Freya Davies, chasing India’s total of 169 in a low-scoring contest.

The hosts had previously slumped in their chase from 27 without loss to 6 for 53.

Kate Cross was the pick of the England bowlers, taking 4 for 26, with Smriti Mandhana hitting 50 and Deepti Sharma an unbeaten 68 for India.

The game was Jhulan Goswami’s final India appearance, as she bowed out of international cricket having made her debut back in 2002.

She was out for a golden duck after coming out to a guard of honour, 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 2 for 30 from her 10 overs.

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