India women slip to third straight defeat

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Mithali Raj failed to deliver with the bat again.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

Megan Schutt (3 for 31)  took a hat-trick spread over two overs to deflate India's hopes of reaching the target. It finished with 150/5 on the board. Rodrigues topped the batting chart with a fifty followed by Anuja Patil, who came a close second with 38. However, the lack of partnerships while batting and an ordinary outing with the ball meant the host succumbed to its third straight defeat in the series.

15 Overs: India 102/5

Things looking grim for the host as Australia bowlers continue to tighten the noose. Kaur raised hopes with a few big hits but persihed soon after. But the wicket of Rodrigues, after she had brought up her maiden fifty, was a major blow to India's chances. India Women need 85 runs in 30 balls.

Kaur perishes trying to up the ante, Gardner has her revenge as the host slips further. India 97/5.

And Rodrigues departs moments after raising her maiden T20 fifty. India 80/4.

10 Overs: India 65/3

Teenage sensation Rodrigues has raced to 41 off 33 deliveries but has had little support from the other end. She is joined by skipper Kaur, who's yet to flex her muscles. That said, those early strikes have crippled India's scoring rate and it'll require a magical knock from either one of these batters or both if India fancies a win in today's contest. India Women need 122 runs in 60 balls.

5 Overs: India 29/3

India has made the worst possible start, losing its first three wickets for a paltry 27. Schutt inflicting maximum damage with the ball. Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur are at the crease; the onus will be on Kaur to stage a riposte.

GONE! Another one bites the dust and Schutt has her third victim.  It's Deepti Sharma who has to depart. India 26/3.

WICKETS! Two in two for Schutt as she bowls out both Mandhana and Mithali Raj! India 15-2 in 2 overs.

Indian openers Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana walk out to the middle with a big task ahead of them. Australia to start with spin in the form of Jess Jonassen.

We'll be back with the chase shortly.

Pooja Vastrakar nipped out Healy and Gardner cheaply but Mooney (71) and Villani (61) stitched together a century stand to power Australia to 186/5 at the end of 20 overs. For India, Vastrakar returned figures of 2 for 28. India needs to chase 187 to prevent itself from slipping to a third consecutive defeat in the series.

Another one follows suit as Elysse Perry holes out to Smriti Mandhana at long-on. Australia 175/5.

Goswami gets one against her name now; Mooney is out for a quickfire 71 of 46 deliveries. Australia 173/4.

It's Villani who has to depart. She is out for 61, Poonam Yadav getting the breakthrough. Australia 143/3.

15 Overs: Australia 141/2

Australia has been buoyed by a third-wicket partnership of 111 runs between Mooney and Villani. Last four overs, India has leaked 48 runs, with Radha Yadav going for 21 in two overs. In the meantime, both batters have reached their respective fifties - Villani getting there with a boundary off a free hit- and aided by some ordinary bowling, are looking good to push for more at the death. Villani took Goswami to the cleaners, scything a hat-trick of fours. Can India restrict the visitor under 180?

10 Overs: Australia 84/2

Mooney and Elyse Villani trying to up the ante with the occasional big hit; both have struck four boundaries each. Meanwhile, India continues to have slip-ups in the field; Mithali losing her balance and letting the ball through her legs to the fence and Anuja failing to get her body behind the line of the ball and conceding a boundary in the process. Deepti Sharma was hammered for 14 runs in her first over. Australia has recovered well after losing two early wickets.

5 Overs: Australia 35/2

Alyssa Healy struck two back-to-back boundaries - one towards deep square leg and another over mid-wicket - off Vastrakar before miscuing a cross-batted swipe straight down Rodrigues' throat at mid-off; Vastrakar causing the damage. Ashleigh Gardner then took the attack to Goswami; a lofted hit over mid-on was followed up with a hit towards the mid-wicket fence before a late inswinging yorker from Vastrakar shattered her woodwork. Both sides on an even keel after the first five overs.

GONE! Whatay delivery that from Vastrakar, right in the blockhole and Gardner fails to get the bat down in time. She is bowled for 17. Australia 29/2.

Pooja Vastrakar strikes; Healy departs after a flurry of boundaries. She was caught by Jemimah Rodrigues at mid-off. Australia 12/1.

Alyssa Healey and Beth Mooney to open the innings; Jhulan Goswami with the new ball.

Australia Women (Playing XI): Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Elyse Villani, Meg Lanning(c), Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Delissa Kimmince, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Amanda Wellington

India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Radha Yadav, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia(w), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Anuja Patil, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav

TOSS UPDATE: India Women have won the toss and have opted to field.

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Rumeli Dhar, Mona Meshram, Radha Yadav

Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda Wellington

Meanwhile, it's business as usual at the Braboune stadium where Australia will be locking horns with the host. With its qualifying hopes all but over, can India pick itself up from the hiding it got at the hands of England? We shall find out soon enough.

England's Danielle Wyatt struck a brilliant hundred (124 off 63) on Sunday to propel England to its second consecutive win of the series even as India was knocked out. It was left to rue some pretty ordinary bowling; its woes further compounded by occassional let-ups in the field. You can read our match report here: Danielle Wyatt blows India away in record chase

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