Young Indian hitters Yastika Bhatia and Shafali Verma dazzled at the top with contrasting half centuries to lead their team to a two-wicket consolation victory over Australia in the third women’s ODI, ending their unbeaten streak. 26 home team games here on Sunday.
The visitors completed a difficult chase of 265, the highest in their history, in the last final, gaining some lost ground before the next test day / night, after conceding the three-game series in their previous outing.
The result meant Australia’s record winning streak ended at 26. Chasing a challenging goal, India got the start they needed, thanks to a 59-run tiered for the opening wicket between Verma (56) and Smriti Mandhana (22) in just under 11 overs.
Coming out of an excellent half-century some time ago, Ashleigh Gardner broke the partnership when Annabel Sutherland captured Mandhana. Bhatia (64) joined Verma in the middle and the two forged an excellent partnership and continued the good work without any difficulties.
After 25 overs, India settled comfortably at 131-for-one with visiting hitters hitting a limit on each over. Known for her fluid play, the 17-year-old Verma seemed to have made the conscious decision to hit deep, but battling what appeared to be back pain and exhaustion, the Rohtak teenager relented after reaching her half-century maiden in the format. of 86 balls, ending a fruitful 101-race partnership with Bhatia.
Playing in just his third ODI, the 21-year-old Bhatia was the aggressor in the chase and raised his first half century on 56 balls. Bhatia added 14 more runs to her total before substitute fielder Molly Strano changed the tone of the game with a spectacular reception on the edge.
Attempting a jumper shot, Bhatia ended up beating Stella Campbell’s delivery and Strano completed a back square leg plunge catch. The Indian hitter also got a pardon just before she turned fifty, but was unable to fully capitalize on it.
It was a huge blow to India, who fell behind after that layoff, and suddenly found it difficult to score after doing so enthusiastically in the first half of their innings. Richa Ghosh fell in love with Sutherland before the mid pace cut through the gap between the bat and the pads of Pooja Vastrakar to leave India at a annoyance point at 192 for five.
Captain Mithali Raj broke the shackles with a welcome maximum from Stella Campbell after only six runs came off 20 balls, but the veteran also succumbed to the pressure created by the increased order rate when Sutherland threw her when she tried to make a unusual shot. However, Sneh Rana (30) and Deepti Sharma (31) quickly added 33 crucial runs in the order, enough for those who followed them to see the team.
Previously, the Indian bowlers once again took Australia off the hook as the home team rebounded from a wobble to post a competitive 264 of nine. Fighting 87 for four in the 25th, the hosts bounced back thanks to a 98-run endurance between Ashleigh Gardner (67) and last game centurion Beth Mooney (52).
Tahlia McGrath contributed a quick 47 of 32 balls. For India, average pace Pooja Vastrakar finished 3/46, while veteran closer Jhulan Goswami collected 3 wickets giving away 37 runs.
Opting to hit first after winning the draw at Harrup Park, Australia got off to a smooth start with the return of Rachael Haynes (13) and Alyssa Healy (35) making 41 runs for first ground in 8.1 overs. After a heartbreaking loss in the second ODI, Goswami provided the opening breakthrough when she caught Haynes in the middle of the field as the batter tried to play one over.
India rejoiced again four balls later when a beautiful delivery from Goswami lured captain Meg Lanning out for a drive only to hit goalkeeper Richa Ghosh. Australia lost two more wickets before the recovery began.