Women’s T20I Tri Series, Fourth Match, India Women vs Australia Women – Australia won by 36 runs.
Mumbai, Monday, March 26, 2018
A knockout punch from Australia Women in a do-or-die game for India meant that the hosts will have to wait a little longer to register their first win in the ongoing home season.
Unlike in the first two matches, India opted to bowl first in this game. However, their plans did not go well as they leaked too many runs. Hosts lost Mandhana and Mithali very early in the tall chase and they did not recover since then.
Meghan Schutt was the pick of the Australian bowlers as she became the first Australian player to pick up a hat-trick in Women’s T20Is. She picked up the wickets of Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma in three consecutive deliveries that spanned across two overs.
Asmavia Iqbal (Pak), Ekta Bisht (Ind), Marizanne Kapp (SA), Natalie Sciver (Eng), Sana Mir (Pak), Anna Peterson (NZ) are the only other players to bag a hat-trick in Women’s T20Is till date.
India are knocked out of this tournament as they won’t make it to the Final even if they beat England in their next game on Thursday (March 29). The last round robin match between India and England has now become a dead rubber and England will be keen to use it as a practice match before the final on Saturday (March 31).
Australia Women – 186/5 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney – 71, Elyse Villani – 61, Pooja Vastrakar – 2/28) beat India Women – 150/5 in 20 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues – 50, Anuja Patil – 38*, Meghan Schutt – 3/31) by 36 runs.
Player of the Match: Meghan Schutt (Australia)
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Rumeli Dhar, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Mona Meshram
Australia Women: Alyssa Healy(wk), Meg Lanning(c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Amanda Wellington, Megan Schutt, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani
England Women: Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight(c), Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Jenny Gunn, Amy Ellen Jones(wk), Tash Farrant, Natalie Sciver, Kate Cross, Fran Wilson, Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone, Bryony Smith, Alice Davidson Richards, Katie George
Women’s T20I Tri Series Schedule:
Practice Match #1: India A Women vs England Women, March 19, Venue: Mumbai
Practice Match #2: India A Women vs England Women, March 20, Venue: Mumbai
Match #1: India Women vs Australia Women, March 22, Venue: Mumbai
Match #2: Australia Women vs England Women, March 23, Venue: Mumbai
Match #3: India Women vs England Women, March 25, Venue: Mumbai
Match #4: India Women vs Australia Women, March 26, Venue: Mumbai
Match #5: Australia Women vs England Women, March 28, Venue: Mumbai
Match #6: India Women vs England Women, March 29, Venue: Mumbai
Final: TBC vs TBC, March 31, Venue: Mumbai
** Photo credits to InUth