England 121 for 5 (Capsey 46, Wyatt 26, Sciver-Brunt 25) beat Australia 155 for 7 (Perry 34, Sciver-Brunt 2-31) by five wickets DLS method
Alice Capsey found some timely form to help England to a thrilling victory which sealed the T20I leg for the hosts and kept their Ashes hopes alive.
Chasing a revised target of 119 from 14 overs, Danni Wyatt’s 26 from 15 balls started the rain-reduced run chase off brightly but it was Capsey’s 46 from 23, including a stand of 68 off 44 balls for the third wicket with Nat Sciver-Brunt that gave England enough of a buffer ahead of some late drama in the form of wickets to Georgia Wareham and Jess Jonassen in the last two overs.
England, playing at Lord’s for only the second time since their 2017 World Cup victory, thrilled a crowd of 21,610, a record for a women’s bilateral fixture in England, with their five-wicket victory, the first time Australia have lost a series since the 2017-18 Ashes, when they also lost the T20 leg. Australia still lead this multi-format series by six points to four, with England needing to win all three ODIs if they are to win back the Ashes.
Beth Mooney and Ashleigh Gardner both contributed 32 runs and Ellyse Perry was…