Women’s ODI Cricket
India Women produced a fine batting display to end Australia Women’s record 26-match unbeaten streak with a two-wicket in the third and final ODI at Harrup Park in Mackay on Sunday. India Women recorded their highest-ever successful run-chase in ODIs by overhauling the 265-run target with 3 balls to spare. Australia, who had last lost an ODI match back in 2017, clinched the series 2-1, having won the first two matches of the series.
The focus will now shift to the one-off pink ball Test between the two teams that begins at the Carrara Oval in Queensland on September 30. India will go into that Test full of confidence having ended the longest winning-streak in ODIs (both men’s and women’s). India lost the second ODI by the narrowest of margins, having dominated for much of the game.
This time, however, there was no denying the Indian women’s team as the batters came to the party, making valuable contributions throughout the innings to stop the Australian juggernaut. Shafali Verma (56 off 91 balls) and Yastika Bhatia (64 off 69 balls) were the standout in the chase. Deepti Sharma (31 off 30 balls) and Sneh Rana (30 off 27 balls) too played crucial knocks as India registered their greatest ever run-chase in the history of women’s ODI cricket, which also happened to be the second highest run-chase by any team against Australia.
It changed into veteran Jhulan Goswami who placed the completing touches to India’s well-known win with a lofted force directly down the floor for a boundary. Earlier, prevailing the toss and electing to bat, Australia determined themselves in a gap of trouble after being reduced to 87 for four. Beth Mooney, star of Australia’s dramatic last-ball win in the 2nd ODI, once again came to the rescue for her team, scoring a 64-ball 52 to steady the ship. Ashleigh Gardner (67 off 62) and Tahlia McGrath (47 off 32) were brilliant with the bat as well, getting the Aussies out of a bind to help the hosts post 264 for nine in 50 overs.
Jhulan Goswami was the pick of the Indian bowlers, registering figures of three for 37 while Pooja Vastrakar also took three wickets, giving away 46 runs off her 9 over India began their in earnest with Smriti Mandhana (22) and Shafali adding 59 runs for the opening wicket. Shafali and Yastika then strung collectively a 101-run partnership for the second one wicket to position India withinside the driver’s seat. Australia, though, fought back, putting off Shafali, Richa Ghosh and Yastika in short succession.
Vastrakar failed to stick round too lengthy both even as captain Mithali Raj may want to simplest manipulate sixteen off 28 earlier than she turned into despatched packing too. Just whilst it was regarded that the Australians could pull off but some other not likely to win, Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana hit match-triumphing cameos to position India at the brink. Goswami completed matters off with a 4 to present India a memorable win on Australian soil.
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