Women's T20 tri-series: Australia beats India by four wickets

Get the live score, updates and commentary of the Women's T20 tri-nation series match between India Women and Australia women.

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Harmanpreet Kaur-led India will use the tri-nation series to prepare for the Women's T20 World Cup.   -  Getty Images

Hello, and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the Women's T20 tri-nation series match between India women and Australia women at the Manuka Oval, Canberra.

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- An all-round performance from Perry (3 wickets, and 49 runs) clinches the win for Australia at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. India took the game till the end but fell short as the Aussies chased the target with seven balls to spare. An injury scare for Reddy might worry the Indian side. The action now shifts to Melbourne.

Australia Women (18.5 overs): Australia wins by four wickets! Carey hits Pandey for a four with a front foot pull over midwicket to seal the win with an over to spare.

Australia Women  (17.5 overs): WICKET! Perry departs just one short of 50, as she taken at long-on by Veda. Perry would be disappointed to not hit the half-century mark, after her back-to-back fours. Australia needs just five runs off 13 balls.

Australia Women 85/5 (16 overs): A very good over from Yadav as she gives away just two runs. Pressure building on for Australia, which needs 19 runs off the final four overs. Required run rate is just under 5 runs per over. Meanwhile, Perry is edging closer to a half-century here.

Australia Women 82/5 (14.4 overs): WICKET! Jonassen departs. She is dismissed for 6 by Gayakwad as she is caught at deep midwicket by Jemimah. Carey comes in next.

Australia Women 79/4 (14 overs): Two back-to-back fours for Perry -- she delivers a perfect over drive following it with a shot through midwicket. Reddy injures her hand as she drops a catch when Perry plays it straight to her. Harmanpreet slots in for the injured Reddy, conceding one off the two balls.

Australia Women 67/4 (12 overs): Pandey bowls four straight dot balls only to concede a four off the fifth ball. With a solid stroke, Perry square drives behind point. 37 runs needed for victory, with six wickets in hand for Australia. Earlier, Sharma gave away six runs in the 11th over.

Australia Women 52/4 (9.4 overs): WICKET! Another wicket falls for the Aussies as captain Haynes is caught at mid off by Veda. Reddy picks the wicket, Jonassen to come in next.

Australia Women 50/3 (9 overs): 50 comes up for Australia with Shikha conceding six in the over. Reddy to bowl the next. 54 needed off 66 for Australia to taste victory here.

Australia Women 44/3 (8 overs): 4 runs off the over but a run-out scare. Haynes, though, makes it to the mark in time but a direct hit would have had her. Earlier, Yadav conceded 10 as Haynes and Perry hit a four each. Haynes hammered it behind square before Perry swept another, two balls later. At the end of the eighth over, Australia needs 60 runs.

Australia Women 30/3 (5.2 overs): WICKET! Gardner is cleaned out! Huge wicket for India and Gayakwad as Gardner walks off for 32. Wickets falling in quick succession for the Aussies in Canberra.Captain Rachel Haynes arrives next.

Australia Women 30/2 (5 overs): WICKET! Mooney dismissed for 6 after Sharma sends her home. Mooney comes off the crease but is stumped off by Bhatia! On comes Ellyse Perry.

Australia Women 21/1 (4 overs): Gardner and Healy are in control of the chase so far. The host has maintained the required run rate of just over 5 runs per over. Gardner stands at 17* off 9, Mooney has 2 off 10 so far.

Australia Women 12/1 (2 overs) Ash Gardner gets off to a good start, clearing the rope with a six. She follows with it with a straight-drive for four.

Australia Women 1/1: WICKET! Shikha Pandey bags a wicket off the first ball of the over! She bowls out Healy for 1, with Sharma taking the catch. Ashleigh Gardner walks in.

Australia Women: Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy come out to start the chase for the Aussies. India has set a target of 104 for the host. Deepti Sharma starts the bowling for India with three dot balls, before conceding one to Healy in the fourth. One run off the first over for Sharma.

-- Second innings --

END OF INNINGS India women finish with 103 for nine in 20 overs. They were 78 for three with Harmanpreet Kaur just starting to open up and play her shots. Her dismissal triggered a collapse and thanks to contributions from Radha Yadav and Shikha Pandey late in the innings, India women managed to get past 100 and bat out the 20 overs.

India women 99/8 Ellyse Perry finishes with potentially match-winning bowling figures of 4-0-13-4. She should have had a five-for after Radha Yadav top-edged her pull shots. One of the chances was dropped and another fell short of the converging fielders.

India women 95/8 Radha Yadav and Shikha Pandey have added 13 runs in the last three overs, giving India women a chance to go past 100. Ellyse Perry, who has figures of 3-0-9-4, is back into the attack.

India women 82/8 Tayla Vlaeminck removes Veda Krishnamurthy and Arundhati Reddy in her comeback over, India women have slipped from 78 for three to 82 for eight! Radha Yadav and Shikha Pandey are the batters in the middle, India must try to bat out the five overs left in the innings.

India women 82/6 Ellyse Perry comes back into the attack and strikes thrice! Harmanpreet Kaur is the first to be dismissed trying to ramp a short ball for six, ends up spooning it straight to third man. She was out for 28 before Taniya Bhatia fell for a first-ball duck! Deepti Sharma walks out and slices her third ball straight to point! Arundhati Reddy, who's replaced Pooja Vastrakar in the playing XI today, drives her first ball for a four, but it's potentially a match-changing over from Perry.

India women 72/3 (12 overs) Twelve runs off the 12th over, thanks largely to Harmanpreet Kaur, who's looking to shift gears. Georgia Wareham pays the price for erring with her lines and lengths in her first over. When she dropped short, Harmanpreet pulled her for a four to the square leg boundary before a wide, full half-volley was carved square on the offside for the second four of the over. In between urgency in running between the wickets helps India collect four more runs and that's the most expensive over in the innings after the first, which earned India women 15 runs.

India women 58/3 (10 overs) Smriti Mandhana tries to attack left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen and holes out to deep midwicket. She's out for a 23-ball 35. Veda Krishnamurthy joins captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who's well-set and batting on 15. Australia bowlers have bowled into the pitch and used the slowness to their advantage. They have been disciplined with their lines, too, after Megan Schutt conceded 15 runs off the first over.

India women 46/2 (8 overs) Eight runs off the eighth over after Jess Jonassen conceded just three in the seventh over. Smriti Mandhana is happy to go over the infield when the ball's even fractionally full, which is what she did against seamer Nicola Carey, lofting her over mid-off for her third four of the innings. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur's showing restraint with India needing a substantial partnership to get a competitive score on the board.

India women 35/2 (6 overs) A period of rebuilding from Smriti Mandhana and captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Walking in at No. 4, Harmanpreet has begun her innings with a couple of fours, while Mandhana continues to be solid with her shot selection and execution. She's batting on 18. Spin's been introduced, with left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen bowling the first over after the powerplay.

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India women 16/2 WICKET for Australia! Tayla Vlaeminck strikes in her first over! Jemimah Rodrigues' struggle at the crease comes to an end. A leading edge flies straight to Nicola Carey at third man. After 15 runs in the first over, India women have lost 1 for 2 in the next 12 balls. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur joins Smriti Mandhana with the team needing some stability.

India women 16/1 A tight first over by Ellyse Perry, not least striking with the first ball of her spell and removing Shafali Verma, who was looking to maximise the field restrictions in the first six overs. After Megan Schutt's expensive opening over, Tayla Vlaeminck is introduced into the attack.

India women 15/1 We've only had seven balls in, but it's been eventful: fours, sixes, and a wicket! Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana collected 15 runs off the first over, bowled by Megan Schutt, but Ellyse Perry castled Shafali with the first ball of the second over, bringing Jemimah Rodrigues to the middle.

Megan Schutt to open the bowling for Australia women. Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma open the innings for India women.

Playing XIs

Australia women's XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes (c), Jess Jonassen, Annabel Sutherland, Nicola Carey, Georgia Wareham, Tayla Vlaeminck, Megan Schutt

India women's XI: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav

Toss update: Australia women's team captain Rachael Haynes won the toss and elected to field first.