The Indian eves ended their Australian Tour on a winning note, as they defeated the Australian women in the third and final ODI. The nature of the win was contrasting to what had happened in the T20 series between the two teams when the Australian women won the final T20 to avoid a 3-0 whitewash against the Indians.
Batting first after winning the toss, the Australian women accumulated 231 runs at the loss of seven wickets in their 50 overs, riding on Ellyse Perry’s 50 and Alex Blackwell’s 60. The two put up a 99-run stand for the third wicket, before Perry lost her wicket to Shikha Pandey.
Pandey was also the highest wicket-taker for India, finishing with figures of 3/50 in her 10 overs. Jhulan Goswami was the most economical bowler, giving away just 33 runs in her 10 overs and taking a wicket in the process. Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked two of the remaining three wickets, with the last wicket being a run-out.
Smriti Mandhana laid the platform for India’s chase and was amply supported by the Indian skipper Mithali Raj. The two put up a 58-run partnership for the second wicket, before Mandhana was out 55 runs. Raj continued on, and added 71 runs for the third wicket alongside Harmanpreet Kaur. Though Raj lost her wicket for 89 runs, the bulk of the chase had been completed. Poonam Raut and Jhulan Goswami then saw the team through, getting a five-wicket win with three overs to spare.
Of the five Indian wickets that fell, Raj’s was a run-out. Perry picked two of the four remaining wickets, while Kristen Beams and Holly Ferling picked one wicket apiece. Mithali Raj was meanwhile acknowledged as player of the match.