Australia staged a fantastic recovery at Junction Oval, Melbourne to defeat India in the final of Women’s T20 tri-series by 11 runs. At one stage, India were cruising towards the target of 165 but lost wickets at crucial junctures to fall short. Jess Jonassen was awarded player of the match award for her spell of 5/12.
Mooney takes Australia to safety
Opting to bat first, the hosts lost their opener, Alyssa Healy, in the first over after she had struck a boundary. Her opening partner, Beth Mooney, then controlled the innings by standing strong at one end. India picked wickets regularly but the fighting knock from Mooney (71 not out) and a quickfire 18 off 7 balls from Rachael Haynes at the end helped Australia mount a score of 155/6 in 20 overs.
Hosts overcome Mandhana storm
Australia sent back Indian opener Shafali Verma without conceding many but Smriti Mandhana remained unharmed. The dashing opener belted boundaries as India made a steady move towards the target. When she got out for 66 (37 balls, 12 boundaries), India required 41 runs to win from 34 balls. However, the home side clawed back in the game with quick wickets. Jonassen’s five-for then sealed India’s fate as Australia completed a spectacular win.
Technology saves the batter in an unimagined way
During the Australian innings, Meg Lanning on strike called for a quick single. As she dashed to the non-striker’s end, Shikha Pandey attempted a direct hit. The ball hit stump mike cables and diverted away from the stumps. Lanning would’ve been out had the ball hit the stumps.
Another example of technology saving the batter!
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