Smriti Mandhana’s blazing fifty goes in vain as Australia win T20I tri-series final
By: Reuters | Melbourne |

Published: February 12, 2020 12:09:44 pm

Smriti Mandhana scored a 37-ball 66 in the run chase (AusWomenCricket/Twitter)

India opener Smriti Mandhana’s 37-ball 66 went in vain as Australia claimed the tri-nation ladies’s T20 sequence with a gritty 11-run win following a sensational five-wicket haul by spinner Jess Jonassen right here on Wednesday.

Set a goal of 156, India have been all out for 144 after being 115 for 3 in the 15th over.

Seasoned left-arm spinner Jonassen was the star of the present with sensible figures of 5 for 12 in 4 overs, making her solely the third Australian bowler to return a five-for in the ladies’s T20 format.

“It was a really good all-round performance. Getting Mandhana was the game-changer, she was whacking us all over the park,” mentioned Australian captain Meg Lanning.

Opting to bat, Australia managed to publish 155 for six in their stipulated 20 overs. Chasing a difficult goal, Mandhana was as much as the duty at hand and smashed 12 boundaries in her knock on the Junction Oval.

However, Mandhana’s dismissal in the 15th over, caught brilliantly by Nicola Carey in the deep mid-wicket, turned the match in Australia’s favour as they put the brakes on India’s scoring whereas on the similar time taking wickets.

It was the departure of skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, in the 16th over, which dashed India’s hopes of a victory.

“In the last three overs we couldn’t take the pressure and ended up losing wickets,” mentioned Harmanpreet, reflecting on the loss.

Earlier in the day, India’s Rajeshwari Gayakwad leaked 19 runs in the final over to let Australia off the hook and publish a difficult whole.

Opener Beth Mooney, who was adjudged participant of the sequence for her 208 runs in the occasion, top-scored for the hosts with an aggressive 71 off 54 balls, hitting 9 boundaries on the Junction Oval.

At the top of the 19th over, Australia have been discovering it troublesome to free their arms at 136 for 5.

However, Mooney and Rachael Haynes (18 off 7 balls) hit out in the final six balls to prop up Australia, ruining left-arm spinner Gayakwad’s day.

Opting to bat, Australia have been dealt an early blow when Alyssa Healy (4) was dismissed in the very first over of the summit conflict by Deepti Sharma, extending the wicketkeeper’s woeful run with the bat.

Mooney discovered an ally in Ashleigh Gardner (26), with whom the opener added 52 runs for the second wicket, after which Lanning, who additionally made 26 throughout a 51-run third-wicket stand.

Deepti, who opened the bowling, completed with spectacular figures of two/30 in her four-over spell, whereas Gayakwad had 2/32.

India’s 16-year-old Richa Ghosh made her first look for India, scoring 17 off 23 balls.

Brief scores:

Australia: 155 for six in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 71 not out).
India: 144 all out in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 66, Jess Jonassen 5/12).

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