The Indian women’s team has also faced defeat in the third T20 match.
The Australian women’s cricket team defeated the Indian team by 14 runs in the third T20 match played on Sunday. The Indian team had got a target of 150 runs but it could only score 135 runs in 20 overs for the loss of six wickets. Smriti Mandhana played a brilliant innings for India and scored 52 runs but other than her, no other batsman could score big for the team. Team’s fast batsman Shefali Verma was dismissed after scoring one run. After this Jemima Rodriguez took the innings forward with Mandhana. As long as this pair was on the field, the hopes of the team’s victory were alive. Rodriguez was out in the 11th over. He scored 23 runs in 26 balls with the help of a four. After that, Mandhana was also out. His wicket fell on the fifth ball of the 15th over. He faced 49 balls in his innings and hit eight fours.
Earlier, Australia women’s team scored a challenging 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 knock, while McGrath, who led the team to victory in the previous match, once again made a useful contribution with the bat, hitting a six and six fours in his 31-ball unbeaten innings. Both also played an important partnership of 44 runs for the fifth wicket. The Australian team had earlier won the second T20 match on Saturday and won the series in multiple formats. The series winner on this tour of the Indian team has been decided on the basis of the overall result of ODIs (three matches), Tests (one match) and T20 Internationals (three matches).
India won the toss
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur 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. Captain Meg Lenning was finding her rhythm but in the seventh over, Rajeshwari Gaikwad was bowled. Hit wicket. He scored 14 runs. After this, Pooja Vastrakar got Ashley Gardner (1 run) caught by Richa, while Alyssa Perry was caught by Vastrakar in an attempt to play a big shot off Deepti Sharma. He scored eight runs. The team was struggling in the 12th over at 73 for the fourth wicket but like in the previous match, Mooney and McGrath once played the role of troubleshooters. The duo put on a crucial 44-run partnership in which Mooney scored a quick run.
Mooney’s innings end in the 18th over
Rajshwari got Mooney caught by captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the 18th over of the match, but McGrath took 16 runs in the same over by hitting a six and then a four. McGrath hit a four against Shikha Pandey in the 19th over while Georgia Wareham struck Deepti in the 20th over. The ball was pushed across the boundary line. 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.
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