In women’s cricket, Australia won against India by seven wickets. Alyssa Healy scored 55 runs in 38 balls, helping Australia win the series 2-1. Beth Mooney also played well, securing her first fifty of the tour. Australia chased 148 runs with seven wickets and eight balls to spare. India scored 147 for 6 in the highest first-innings total of the T20I series. 

Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh contributed with the bat, but Australia’s Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham took crucial wickets. India struggled, going from 60 for 1 to 66 for 4. Shafali gave a strong start, but she got out while chasing a delivery.

Cricketer Shafali Verma
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Shafali Verma made a strong start for India in the match. Her good hits, in the beginning, gave Smriti Mandhana the chance to start slowly. Mandhana scored only 8 runs in the first 11 deliveries, but then she played more aggressively after Shafali got out. She hit Ashleigh Gardner for six and four, finishing the powerplay with the score at 51 for 1.

The score later became 60 for 1, but then three experienced Indian batters fell one after another. Jemimah Rodrigues tried to pull Sutherland in the eighth over and got caught in the deep, scoring only 2. Mandhana took a risk by trying to slog-sweep Wareham, but she was out for 29. Harmanpreet Kaur’s struggle with the bat continued, and she got out for 3 while trying to drive Sutherland’s slower ball.

Wareham and Sutherland put pressure on India, but Deepti Sharma and Ghosh tried to rebuild the innings from 66 for 4 in ten overs. They added 33 runs in 4.5 overs, relying on occasional boundaries and quick runs. However, they were separated when Deepti attempted to hit Wareham for a six-over long-on but found the fielder.

Ghosh was doing well despite that. She hit a six and a four off Schutt in the 16th over and a big six off Wareham in the 17th, which broke the ball. Finally, Gardner got Ghosh out for 34 runs in the final over. At that point, India was on track for their highest score of the series. Pooja Vastrakar hit a six on the last ball, and India set a target of 147 to win, securing their first T20I series victory over Australia since 2016.

Mooney played a steady role, while Healy attacked. India’s win in the first match of the series was built on early wickets, but they didn’t get them this time. Healy quickly shifted gears after a careful start, hitting Titas Sadhu for three fours in the fourth over. She followed that by smashing Renuka Singh for a six, a four, and another four in the fifth over. By the end of the powerplay, Australia had scored 54 runs without losing any wickets.

In women’s cricket news, Australia played against India. Beth Mooney played a key role in Australia’s attempt to win. Harmanpreet tried to take a wicket, thinking she caught Healy, but the TV umpire couldn’t confirm it. Healy reached her 50 runs but got out later while trying a difficult shot.

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Tahlia McGrath then kept Australia going by hitting four fours quickly. Although Vastrakar took two wickets in consecutive deliveries, Mooney’s good performance ensured Australia stayed in control. Along with Phoebe Litchfield, Mooney scored the needed runs and won the game. India hasn’t won a T20I-series decider since 2011, and this trend continues.