Australia Women had several accolades in the recent tour to India part from a sweep until now, winning all the three ODIs. Still, the last match brought the visitors a rare accolade of knocking their highest score against India Women. The of 332 for 7 came up after Alyssa Healy thumped up 133 runs off 115 balls.
After beating India bowlers, the team dominated home batters as well, leaving India’s chase stranded at 235 as the lineup exhausted in 44.4 overs. It was a 97-run win for Australia Women leading the tournament to a clean sweep. Healy became the first Australia women wicket-keeper to knock an ODI century. The total of 332 is also the third highest for the team in ODI.
India women had weary innings in both the stretches. While fielding, they let seven catches to fly away from hands and missed stumpings. These were above a totally slackened bowling as the visitors were able to take a nice bite off India. The partnership stretch came up when Ellyse Perry and Healy played together for almost 18 overs hauling the score from 64 to 143.
The latter, further partnered with RL Haynes for 12 overs. It was when the inning caught a real momentum as the score fired to 239 by the 41st over. In the last 9 overs, there were strong knocks off Beth Mooney and A Gardner. They played with strike rates of 175 plus adding 34 off 19 and 35 off 20 respectively in a short stretch. It was the final impetus further strengthened by NJ Carey’s 17 off 15.
India started with a strong strike off openers. J Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana played for more than 13 overs together hauling breaking an early momentum. However, after both were done away by the 14th over, the latter players could not sustain the run rate. Mandhana scored a half-century knocking 52 off 42 balls, while Rodrigues knocked 42 off 41 balls.
The rest down the middle order played average innings, while trying to remain intact with their wickets through Aussie attacks. The asking rate finally soared high enough to put up a defeating pressure on India. Aussie bowlers did not have to play hard to clip away the lower order almost on a cakewalk.
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