Amy Jones said Harmanpreet Kaur ‘flicked a switch’ as the India captain hit a brilliant 143 to condemn England to a one-day loss in the International Series at Canterbury.
After losing the opener of the Royal London ODI on Sunday, England needed to triumph on Wednesday to take the three-game contest to a decider at Lord’s this weekend.
But Jones’ team slid to an 88-point loss after Kaur’s devastating spell, which included 18 fours and four sixes and ended with 43 on his last 11 balls.
“Every defeat is tough, but Harmanpreet beat brilliantly,” England captain Jones said. “It was almost like she flipped a switch and really brought it to us at the end. We struggled to defend. It was hard.
“It was important to slow it down as much as possible, and although our bowlers are exciting and young talents, they are inexperienced.
“Everyone knows inexperience can bring inconsistencies, and while we’ve seen some great spells in this series and over the summer, going up against such a good hitter in such good form was always going to be a challenge.
“It will be great learnings for them, and for us a whole group, on how we react at times like this.
“Thinking about what a good ball is and what a good shot is in the moment is important because it felt like everywhere we played it was finding the limit.”
Responding to India’s 333, the home side slipped to 12 for two, then 47 for three, and although Danni Wyatt gave some hope with 65, the hosts were fired for 245 as the India was celebrating its first series on English soil in 23 years.
Jones, who scored 39 points, added: “We didn’t get close enough. We lacked partnerships and we also needed a winning run.
“But there are points at stake at Lord’s on Saturday. It will be a quick turnaround and a great opportunity for a younger team to step in and show what we can do.
“It’s been a long season and it would be great for all of us to be in that dressing room at the end after winning the game.”