In sport, Australians are at all times in it to win it, whether or not it’s a decider or a lifeless rubber. Annabel Sutherland echoed this sentiment in her clarion name to go for the 3-0 sweep forward of the third and ultimate ODI between India and Australia. Her staff did simply that, beating the host by an enormous 190 runs on the Wankhede Stadium right here on Tuesday.
The Aussie juggernaut was led by a younger and unassuming Phoebe Litchfield. After ending 2023 because the second-highest run-scorer in girls’s ODIs (485 runs), the 20-year-old rang within the new yr together with her second one-day hundred. Litchfield vindicated Healy’s choice to bat first, placing on an 189-run opening partnership, the very best for Australia towards India in girls’s ODIs. The Indian response finally fell wanting this stand by 41 runs.
HIGHLIGHTS – INDIA vs AUSTRALIA 3RD ODI
Vastrakar ripped into Healy’s stumps within the twenty ninth over, with the Aussie captain lacking out on a century by 18 runs. Ellyse Perry couldn’t add to her half-century haul, caught leg earlier than by Amanjot for 16. Shreyanka Patil impressed together with her tight strains and management, dismissing Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath off consecutive deliveries. Litchfield carried on, using her trademark reverse sweep with elan as she scored 16 fours and one six.
Healy’s dismissal triggered a dip within the scoring charge. After a couple of nervy moments within the 90s the place she noticed companions fall on the different finish, Litchfield introduced up her century with a clean nudge down the bottom for 4. Cameos from Ashleigh Gardner and Annabel Sutherland and one other explosive late flourish from Alana King the place she despatched the ball to the stands thrice helped Australia to its highest complete towards India within the format.
Megan Schutt snuffed out the momentum from the Indian innings early on, eradicating openers Yastika Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana cheaply. India caught to its choice to ship Richa Ghosh at quantity 3, nonetheless the keeper-batter by no means settled into the chase. Harmanpreet Kaur’s horror run with the bat continued with the skipper falling for 3, ending the sequence with a paltry 17 runs in complete. Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti and Pooja acquired begins however couldn’t capitalise. The final six Indian wickets fell in simply 12.2 overs, including simply 50 runs. King’s supply to Pooja, a traditional legbreak pitched full on the leg stump which then spun away to hit her off stump was a dismissal for the spotlight reel.
India’s fielding effort confirmed an enchancment from the 2nd ODI, nonetheless, Deepti dropped Litchfield on 61 at backward level and Mandhana dropped Perry at deep midwicket on 10. The Australian response on the sphere was in sharp distinction with Litchfield taking a blinder to dismiss Amanjot and Mooney scurrying from slip to leg slip to pocket a paddle sweep try by Harmanpreet.
Australia’s tour of India strikes into its ultimate leg with a three-match T20I sequence to be performed on the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai from December 5-9.