Australia Women vs India Women, Women's 3rd T20I Highlights: IND: 135/6 - Late surge from Ghosh goes in vain, Australia beats India by 14 runs

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Australia completed a clinical defense of a 150-run target as it beat India by 14 runs to wrap up the multiformat series on a high.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the 3rd T20I between Australia Women and India Women in Carrara. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and Dhruva Prasad bringing you all the updates from the game.

Final score: AUS: 149/5 (20 overs); IND: 135/6 (20 overs). Australia wins by 14 runs.

Complete series result:

1st ODI: Aus won by 9 wickets

2nd ODI: Aus won by 5 wickets

3rd ODI:  Ind won by 2 wickets

Pink Ball Test: Draw

1st T20I: Washed out

2nd T20I: Aus won by 4 wickets

3rd T20I: Aus won by 14 runs

The final points table:

TeamPWNR/DPts
Australia741/111
India711/15


POST MATCH COMMENTS:

Player of the series and the match - Tahlia McGrath: It's been unreal to be part of, loving wearing the Aussie shirt again. I haven't played T20 at this level before, but batting is batting. See ball, hit ball.

Harmanpreet Kaur: Result not in our favour, but positives. Pooja Vastrakar has done so well throughout the series. Richa Ghosh took responsibility and played that finisher role. Lot of positives. We are improving day by day. I am excited for the WBBL. I'll give my 100% for the team. It's a great opportunity for us to grow. If we can get those games before international tournaments, it will be great for us.

Meg Lanning: We knew India will come at us hard. We were looking forward to the game today. The series itself has had some great cricket. (About Ashes) The more we play long format cricket, the better we'll get. We had a lot of fun. India really tested us.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------INNINGS RECAP:
Tame surrender from India here in Carrara. Quick wickets and the side lost the plot in the chase. Richa Ghosh's imperious form bodes well for her WBBL franchise Hobart Hurricanes. Smriti Mandhana looked her fluent best but needed to stick on for longer to be able to carry the team home. Lots of takeaways for both sides. A dominant showing from Australia post the 10th over. So comfortable that Ellyse Perry's bowling arm went unused.

IND 135/6 (20 overs): Channel your inner Yuvraj/Gibbs, India.
But it's a tall ask. Carey to finish. Deepti won't go without trying. She sweeps for a boundary. India needs sixes though so this won't do much in terms of forcing the result. She swings and misses the next delivery, Carey sends this outside off. Deepti gets a single off the third ball, negotiating a tight full length ball to deep square leg for one run. Richa Ghosh chips in with a six straight down the ground. So much height. Too little too late from the keeper batter. Oh ANOTHER ONE from Ghosh and this one looks better! 80m and whacked to deep midwicket. She finishes with a boundary through covers but it's far too little too late. Australia wins by 14 runs. Carey has conceded 21 runs in that over. Good lord.

IND 114/6 (19 overs): Molineux right on the money right at the start.
She sends one straight down - yorker length - and it flicks off between bat and pad for Sharma. Very disciplined from Molineux as she gets through her over in miserly fashion. Five from this over. TARGET: 36 runs needed off the last six.

IND 109/6 (18 overs): Sutherland returns.
Right up front, Harleen is caught short of her crease as the duo try running the second run and has to walk back. Usual route for India, things are unravelling and fast. Good job by Wareham and Healy there. Deepti Sharma comes on. Way too much to do at the very end for this Indian side. However, don't write off Deepti Sharma. Very unorthodox version of the Dill-scoop (my god, how long has it been since we've seen one of these)! Runs down for FOUR. Brave from Sharma. Eight runs off the over. WICKET: Harleen Deol run out (Wareham/Healy) 2 (4b 0x4 0x6)  TARGET: 42 runs off the last two.

IND 101/5 (17 overs): WHAT PRESSURE?
Vastrakar is off here. Smacks Carey for four runs down long off. But she won't last long as Carey gets her in the very next ball! Perfect yorker and that leg stump is rattled. India is well and truly in trouble now. Harleen Deol comes in. Six runs and wicket off this over. WICKET: Pooja Vastrakar b Carey 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) TARGET: 49 runs in 18 balls.

IND 95/4 (16 overs): Sutherland comes on.
Quiet over here from the pacer but it ends with a wicket as Sutherland gets Harmanpreet. India in trouble here. Meg Lanning takes a sharp catch at cover to send her counterpart back to the dugout. Harman is having a word with Richa Ghosh - the new batter in. Sutherland finishes with 2 runs and a wicket from this over. WICKET Harmanpreet Kaur c Lanning b Sutherland 13 (16b 1x4 0x6) TARGET: 55 runs in 25 balls.

IND 93/3 (15 overs):  Australia was 89/4 at this stage.
About similar trajectories. Carey returns. Mandhana is unstoppable. She sweeps for four and brings up her 14th T20I fifty. But she will not last very long as Mandhana holes out to Lanning, running backwards from cover. OUT and relief for Australia. Seven runs off that over. Pooja Vastrakar, promoted, takes her place. WICKET Smriti Mandhana c Lanning b Carey 52 (49b 8x4 0x6) TARGET: 57 runs in 30 balls.
 
IND 86/2 (14 overs): Molineux returns.
Cracking start as Mandhana sends a lofted one over mid-off for four. Molineux recovers well to give off just nine runs in total. Australia needs a wicket. TARGET:  64 runs in 36 balls.

IND 77/2 (13 overs): India needs to accelerate
and Smriti Mandhana decides to welcome Gardner back with a four over mid-off. Very tidy fielding from Australia to try and restrict and frustrate the Indians but Harmanpreet is happy to sweep and deal aerially. Four runs from deep midwicket. 11 runs from the over. Ash Gardner will not get her bunny (Mandhana) this time. TARGET: 73 runs in 42 balls.

IND 66/2 (12 overs): Annabel Sutherland comes into the attack.
India is chipping away at this target. Can Australia pull things back a bit? Sutherland concedes four runs in her first over. TARGET: 84 runs in 48 balls.

IND 60/2 (11 overs): Wareham returns
and is whacked straight away - a graceful straight drive for four off Jemimah's bat. Jemi looks like she's settling in and goes aerial once more but will find Vlaemnick at long-off. Just when she was looking to free up a bit, Australia pegs back. That brings the skipper to the crease. Can the Captain and deputy take India home? Wareham has conceded 8 runs in this over. WICKET Jemimah Rodrigues c Vlaeminck b Wareham 23 (26b 1x4 0x6)

IND 54/1 (10 overs):
Molineux returns now. Full spin. She starts with conceding just three runs but Smriti Mandhana opens her arms a bit and sends the last delivery to long on for four runs. Nicely done, no impact of that blow on the elbow. Good signs for India. Seven runs from the over for India. TARGET: 96 RUNS FROM 60 BALLS.

IND 47/1 (9 overs):
Gardner returns.
Quiet over from Gardner which also sees Mandhana cop a blow to her elbow. She is getting some medical attention now. Just the four runs from it. TARGET: 103 runs in 66 balls.

IND 43/1 (8 overs): Nicola Carey into the attack now.
She goes round the wicket to Mandhana who picks the length ball and flicks it near deep midwicket for four runs. Carey recovers nicely, keeping things tight. Mandhana is hassled to connect. Eight of the over in total. TARGET: 107 runs in 72 balls needed for India to win

IND 34/1 (7 overs): Georgia Wareham comes into the attack.
Australia will look for more wickets and Wareham is the fourth bowler brought in to try and get this. Good running between the wickets here by Jemimah and Smriti. The pair is dealing in ones and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking. Six runs come off the over with Wareham choosing to focus on the length to fuller balls. Minimal damage. TARGET: India needs 115 runs in 78 balls.

IND 28/1 (6 overs):
Sophie Molineux comes into the attack and does what she does best - strangles the run flow. Just three runs from the over.

IND 25/1 (5 overs):
FIRST BOUNDARY for India and it comes off the bat of Smriti Mandhana. Full toss from Vlaemnick. Smriti has flicked this square for four runs. The over sees another one, Mandhana pulls a short ball from Vlaemnick to midwicket for four. The Aussie speedster escaped two wide calls in the start of the over, but doesn't get away this time, conceding two wides back to back. Healy saves one of them from running away to the ropes. Mandhana punishes Vlaemnick some more, crunching one down cover for four again. Vlaemnick responds well with a tighter line. Smriti flicks this one to short midwicket. No boundaries in four overs, three just in the fifth. India at its finest. 14 RUNS from this over. Expensive.

IND 11/1 (4 overs): Gardner returns and the strategy seems to be to apply scoreboard pressure and force an error from either of these flamboyant batters. Four runs from Ashleigh Gardner and the Indian innings has still not seen a boundary.

IND 7/1 (3 overs): Vlaemnick is going 120kmph+ and going short to Jemimah. She's happy to defend and see the pacer through. Just two runs from the over for India.

IND 5/1 (2 overs): Australians have their first wicket
and it's the dangerous Shafali Verma. Ash Gardner into the attack and has a wry smile on her face as she sends Verma back to the hut. Gardner sends one going down leg and Verma tries to negotiate this but holes out to Vlaemnick at short fine leg. Not the ideal start for India. Jemimah Rodrigues joins Smriti Mandhana in the middle. WICKET Shafali Verma c Vlaeminck b Gardner 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)

IND 2/0 (1 over): Slow start for Vlaemnick. Nice variations in length from the Aussie speedster. Just the two runs from the over.

It's time for the chase. India needs 150 to win. Australia will want to deny the visitors to wrap up the series on a high. Tayla Vlaemnick into the attack for Australia.
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INNINGS RECAP

Beth Mooney (61 off 43) and Tahlia McGrath (44* off 31) starred for Australia again as the duo put up a crucial 44-run stand for the fifth wicket to take the host to a competitive total.

Put in to bat by Harmanpreet, Australia faltered early with Healy (4 off 8) falling to Renuka Singh in the second over. Meg Lanning the paired with Mooney to lead the fightback, before the skipper hit her stumps trying to cut late deep into her crease. Gardner and Perry perished to Vastrakar and Gayakwad, respectively, before McGrath and Mooney paired to take Australia to 119. Mooney was dismissed after a valiant half-century. Wareham joined McGrath to stitch a partnership of 32 runs in 16 balls to take Australia to 149/5.

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AUS 149/5 (20 overs): Deepti to finish it off. Full and Wareham steps out to heavy to mid-off and just one. McGrath shuffles to the off to make room and Sharma follows the batter to keep it down to a single. FOUR! Wareham steps out to drive through mid-off. Two singles and a brace to end the innings.

AUS 139/5 (19 overs): Pandey is back.  Three singles off the first three balls. Wareham cuts to deep point and Rodrigues dives on the ropes to save two. Single and a FOUR! to end the over.

AUS 129/5 (18 overs): Gayakwad to bowl out. FOUR! Full on the legs to Mooney who slogs it to deep mid-wicket. OUT! Mooney drives and Kaur takes a brilliant catch at cover. Wareham the new batter in. SIX! McGrath goes straight down the ground and clear the ropes. FOUR! Crunched off the backfoot after shuffling across to off to the deep square leg boundary.

AUS 113/4(17 overs): Vastrakar to bowl out. FOUR! Bold from McGrath. Short and makes room to hook it over long-off for a boundary. Four dots and FOUR to end the over.

AUS 105/4 (16 overs): Deepti to bowl. FOUR! Exquisite reverse-sweep by Mooney as it runs down a vacant third.

AUS 99/4 (15 overs): Renuka continues. Line and length from Renuka, giving little away. A single off the second as McGrath gets no timing on the drive.  FOUR! Beautifully driven through cover and pierces through the sweepers. Fifty for Mooney off 36 balls.  FOUR! Driven off the backfoot and beats cover. Jemimah dives in the deep to can't stop the boundary.

AUS 89/4 (14 overs): FOUR! Mcgrath sweeps behind point all the way to the boundary. Gayakwad gives seven from the over.

AUS 82/4 (13 overs): Renuka back into the attack. Batters deal in single as just five come off it.

AUS 77/4 (12 overs): OUT! Perry steps out and slogs to Sharma to find the fielder at long-on. Good take by Vastrakar. Ellyse Perry c Pooja Vastrakar b Deepti Sharma 8(11b 0x4 0x6). Star of yesterday's game Tahlia McGrath in. Pushes straight past Deepti to get off the mark. Two singles follow.

AUS 73/3 (11 overs): Vastrakar into her third. A couple for Perry as Pandey puts in a spectacular dive at deep point to save a boundary. Two singles follow. Vastrakar strays down leg  and four leg-byes as the ball runs behind the keeper.

AUS 64/3 (10 overs): Deepti Sharma introduced. Full and hit back straight to the bowler by Mooney. Steps out and drives on the full through mid-off for one. Three more singles as Sharma keeps the batters quiet.

AUS 60/3 (9 overs): Vastrakar to bowl her second. Two dots and OUT! Gardner goes. Too full to commit to the drive and Gardner edges it to the keeper. Bad shot selection. Perry off the mark straighaway. Clipped off the pads for one. Two dots to end the over.

AUS 58/2 (8 overs): Kaur into the attack. Goes short first two balls and punished with two boundaries. Mooney pulls to deep square leg. FOUR! A third consecutive boundary. Kaur correct and length. Two from the next three. 14 from the over.

AUS 44/2 (7 overs): Gayakwad continues. FOUR! Short and punished by Lanning down square leg. OUT! Bizzare dismissal. Lanning gets too deep in the crease and drives, hitting the stumps with the toe of the bat. Unlucky for the skipper.

AUS 38/1 (6 overs): Vastrakar to bowl the final over of the Powerplay. Dot first ball. Strays on the pads as Lanning flicks it for one. One more for Mooney down third. FOUR! Back of length and Lanning punches it off the backfoot between point and cover. Sublime timing!  Mooney drives through covers and Jemimah slides to give just two.

AUS 29/1 (5 overs): Gayakwad to bowl spin. Round the wicket to Mooney. On leg and pushed to mid-on for one.  Edged again from Lanning to short-third and she steals a single.  Full on off and Mooney skims it to deep square leg for one. Lanning drives on the full to point for one. FOUR! Mooney opens the face of the bat and plays it late to run it down third for a boundary.

AUS 21/1 (4 overs): Renuka continues. Mooney pushed to cover for one. Lanning gets off the mark with an outside edge to short third and gets one. Full on off and Mooney nudges to cover for one more. Pooja puts in a great dive to keep it to one. Just three from it.

AUS 18/1 (3 overs): FOUR! Mooney steps out slightly and places it perfectly past point. FOUR! Two in two Mooney as she cover-drives beautifully off a length ball. FOUR MORE! On the legs from Pandey and Mooney slog sweeps to deep square leg. Chance for Renuka who lets it go for four, unable to decide whether to go for the catch or save the boundary. Single to end the over.

First taste of success for Renuka Singh in international cricket!

 

AUS 5/1 (2 overs): Renuka shares the new ball. Over the wicket to left-hander Mooney. Renuka keeps it on the leg, swinging it into the left-hander. Mooney pushes to mid-off to get Australia off the mark. FOUR! Short and slow and Healy places it deftly through covers. OUT! Back of length and Healy is surprised by the bounce as she gets the edge and Ghosh takes a brilliant forward diving catch.

AUS 0/0 (1 over): Shikha Pandey with the new ball. Pandey to Healy first ball and also a replay of yesterday's wicket. And swing straightaway. Healy gets an inside edge and almost chops on. Healy is being watchful. Plays two dots. Ghosh has up to the stumps. Another dot ball. Tails in again and onto the pads. Loud appeal but turned down by the umpire. Pushed to cover for a dot and it's a maiden. Pandey on the money straightaway.

The Indian team is in a huddle and the Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney have stepped onto the field. Healy takes her guard at the striker's end.

India Playing XI: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Harleen Deol, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.

Australia Playing XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ash Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Annabel Sutherland, Sophie Molineux, Tayla Vlaeminck.

TOSS:  India has finally won a toss and it has decided to bowl first. One change for India-- Harleen Deol is in for Yastika Bhatia.  For Australia, Anna Sutherland comes in for Hannah Darlington.

1:00PM IST: This is the final time in the series that these two teams will meet before they disband for the 2021 season of the Women's Big Bash League. Eight Indians are participating in the Australian T20 showpiece. Here's what Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur had to say about the impact of the WBBL and why it paves the way for a Women's IPL.

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Read more: Harmanpreet Kaur bats for Women’s IPL

POINTS TABLE

TeamPWNR/DPts
Australia631/19
India611/15


Australia has an unassailable 9-5 lead in the multi-format series. Here are the match results so far:

1st ODI: Aus won by 9 wickets

2nd ODI: Aus won by 5 wickets

3rd ODI:  Ind won by 2 wickets

Pink Ball Test: Draw

1st T20I: Washed out

2nd T20I: Aus won by 4 wickets

STANDOUT MOMENT OF THE SERIES: THAT ball from Shikha Pandey

Read more about it here: WATCH: Shikha Pandey foxes Alyssa Healy with a monster ball

2ND T20I: MATCH RECAP

Tahlia McGrath (42* off 33) and opener Beth Mooney (34 off 36) top-scored for Australia in a low-scoring thriller to take their side over the line by six wickets.

Chasing 119, the host was reeling at 46/4. Shikha Pandey removed Alyssa Healy on the second ball of the innings with a searing in-swinger that clipped the latter's stumps. Skipper Meg Lanning joined Mooney to take the score to 35 before perishing to Gayakwad. Gardner and Perry fell in quick succession as the Indian spinners Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma took control, removing Mooney in the 13th over to dimiss half the side for 71. McGrath then paired with Carey for a 23-run stand before the latter fell to a third stumping off Gayakwad's bowling, with Australia still needing 25 runs from 20 balls.

However, a determined McGrath prevented further inroad by the Indians while new batter Wareham struck two fours in Pandey's 18th over, leaving the host 14 runs to get from the last two overs. Some sloppy fielding on the boundary also helped the Australians along the way. McGrath joined the party to hit Renuka for consecutive boundaries in the 19th and level the scores at the end of the over. She fittingly took a single off the first ball of the final over to take the side home.

Put in to bat, India was off to a horrendous start with the top three sent packing with 24 on the board. Two run outs of Yastika Bhatia and Deepti put India in deeper trouble. Pooja Vastrakar's cameo of 37 off 26 with three fours and two sixes gave the batting a little lift and lead the team to 118/9, giving the bowlers a shot at making a match of it.

However, McGrath's gritty innings at the end proved too much for the total posted by India, as the host took the match and multi-format series.

 

1ST T20I: MATCH RECAP

Jemimah Rodrigues smashed a stylish 49 off 36 balls before heavens opened up to force the abandonment of the first Women's T20 International between India and Australia on Thursday.

India scored at a quick clip to reach 131 for 4 in 15.2 overs and was looking good for a total of around 165 plus when heavy rains put paid to the hopes of a complete game.

However, for the Indian team, their positive approach towards batting was a welcome change with Smriti Mandhana (17 off 10 balls) and Shafali Verma (18 off 14 balls) providing a rollicking start.

It was a rare occasion when Australia conceded over 50 runs in the Powerplay overs as Indian batters never lost the tempo although save Jemimah, none of the other top-order players could convert their starts.

Jemimah's innings had seven boundaries, and she was at the crease with the stocky Richa Ghosh (17 off 13 balls) at the time of disruption.

SQUADS:

  • India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh (wk), Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh.
  • Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.


WHERE TO WATCH

You can catch the third T20I between India and Australia on the Sony Sports Network. The match will also be streamed live on the Sony Liv app.