Even after opener Smriti Mandhana’s half-century, the Indian women’s team lost to Australia by 14 runs in the third T20 International on Sunday. In reply to Australia’s 149 for five, the Indian team could only manage 135 for six.
New Delhi: Mandhana scored 52 runs in 49 balls for the Indian team chasing a score of 150 runs for victory. Jemimah Rodriguez scored 23 runs. Both put on 57 runs for the second wicket but the team lost four wickets within 10 runs in the middle overs.
good bowling from australia
For Australia, Nicole Carey took 2 for 42 in four overs while Ashley Gardner, Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham took one wicket each. Chasing the target, India was shocked by the dismissal of Shefali Verma (01) in the second over itself.
Mandhana, running in a great rhythm, got the team back by hitting three fours in the fifth over. Playing carefully with Rodriguez, he took the team’s score to 54 runs in the 10th over. Rodriguez hit a four in the 11th over against Wareham to speed up the run but again lost his wicket in the same attempt.
Mandhana completed her half-century in 46 balls by hitting a four against Carey in the 15th over, but was caught by captain Mag Lanning on the fifth ball of the same over. The Indian team’s score after 15 overs was 93 for three and 57 runs were needed in 30 balls to win. The team lost three wickets in the next 13 balls including captain Harmanpreet Kaur (13).
Pooja Vastrakar (05), who hit big shots in the previous match, got bowled on the next ball after hitting a four in the 17th over against Carey. Harleen Deol, who joined the team in place of Yastika Bhatia, was dismissed after scoring just 2 runs. Wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh hit two sixes and a four in the last over but by then the match had gone out of India’s hands. He scored 23 not out in 11 balls. Deepti Sharma remained unbeaten on 9 runs.
India plundered runs
Earlier, Australia posted a score of 149 for five on the back of Tahlia McGrath’s unbeaten 44, followed by a half-century from opener Beth Mooney (61). Mooney hit 10 fours in his 43-ball innings, while McGrath’s bat, which led the team to victory in the previous match, once again came off the bat. He hit one six and six fours in his 31-ball unbeaten innings. Both also played an important partnership of 44 runs for the fifth wicket.
Harmanpreet won the toss and elected to field, which was proved right by fast bowler Renuka Singh getting Alyssa Healy caught by wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh in the second over. Lanning was gaining momentum but in the seventh over, Rajeshwari Gaikwad got a hit wicket. He scored 14 runs.
After this, Vastrakar got Gardner (one run) caught by Richa, while Alyssa Perry was caught by Vastrakar in an attempt to play a big shot off Deepti. He scored 8 runs. The team had lost four wickets for 73 runs in the 12th over, but like the previous match, Mooney and McGrath once again played an important role for the team. Rajshwari got Mooney caught by Harmanpreet in the 18th over of the match, but in the same over, McGrath took 16 runs by hitting a six and then a four.
India lost the series 2-0
McGrath hit a four against Shikha Pandey in the 19th over while Wareham (13 not out) took Deepti’s delivery across the boundary in the 20th over. 10-10 runs were scored from these two overs. In this way, Australia scored 36 runs in the last three overs. For India, Rajeshwari took two for 37 in four overs while Renuka, Vastrakar and Deepti took one wicket each. Australia won the second T20 International by four wickets while the first T20 was washed out due to rain. India lost this series 2-0.