Third ODI, India Women vs Australia Women – Australia won by 97 runs
Vadodara, March 18, 2018
Once again in the series, Australia Women had a near perfect day in the office beating the home team by a big margin. They defeated India in the third and final ODI by 97 runs to complete a 3 – 0 clean sweep in the three match series.
Having won the toss, Australia opted to bat first and they have scored 332/7 in 50 overs. This is their highest total against India Women in ODIs. It was in 2012 against the same opposition in Mumbai was when Australia posted an ODI total of 300 or more.
Australian opener Alyssa Healy scored 133 in just 115 deliveries with 17 fours and 2 sixes. This is her maiden century in this format of the game going past her previous best (71 vs England). Healy’s century and cameos from other players in the final 10 overs have helped the visitors post a huge total on the board.
Chasing a 300+ total in Women’s cricket was always tough and it was no different in the final ODI. Indian openers got off a great start but when they both departed, India never looked comfortable during the chase and eventually fell 97 runs short in the end.
India has struggled both with bat and the ball through the entire ODI series against Australia. Losing Jhulan Goswami to injury has not worked in favor of India as they leaked too many runs. In case you missed it, Australia have defeated India in the first ODI by 8 wickets and the second ODI by 60 runs.
The next international assignment for these two teams is a T20I Tri Series involving England. The tournament will be played in Mumbai starting from Thursday (March 22).
Australia Women – 332/7 in 50 overs (Alyssa Healy – 133, Rachael Haynes – 43, Harmanpreet Kaur – 2/51) beat India Women – 235/10 in 44.4 overs (Smriti Mandhana – 52, Jemimah Rodrigues – 42, Ashleigh Gardner – 3/40) by 97 runs.
Player of the Match: Alyssa Healy (Australia)
Player of the Series: Nicole Bolton (Australia)
India Women: Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma (wk), Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mona Meshram, Sukanya Parida, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Australia Women: Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Amanda Wellington, Megan Schutt, Sophie Molineux, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani
Practice Match #1: India A Women vs Australia Women, March 06, Venue: Mumbai
Practice Match #2: India A Women vs Australia Women, March 08, Venue: Mumbai
ODI #1: India Women vs Australia Women, March 12, Venue: Vadodara
ODI #2: India Women vs Australia Women, March 15, Venue: Vadodara
ODI #3: India Women vs Australia Women, March 18, Venue: Vadodara
*Photo credits to ICC