The fate of the one-off pink-ball Test match between Australia women vs India women will depend on how India pace their innings on Day 3 on Saturday. India were 276 for five in 101.5 overs when bad weather in Gold Coast forced early stumps on Friday. A large chunk of this historic match has been lost to the elements but fair weather is expected on the weekend. Smriti Mandhana's maiden Test century was the talking point on Day 2. Her aggression enabled India score at a fair clip but after Mandhana's exit the run-rate dipped and Mithali Raj's run out only worsened it. As per rules, 108 overs will be bowled on each of the last two days of the AUS vs IND contest. Will India go for an early declaration or put up a bigger score before turning to the bowlers to get 20 wickets? Follow here Day 3 live cricket scores of Australian women vs Indian women.
18:02 PM IST: Day 3 Stumps
Stumps have been drawn on Day 3. This is the first full day’s play in this match after rain-interrupted first two days. After Deepti Sharma carried the baton in baton for India in batting, bowlers led by Jhulan Goswami (2/27) and Pooja Vastrakar (2/31) picked up four Australian wickets. Ellyse Perry (27*) and Ashleigh Gardner (13*) ensured there was no more damage as India did struggle a bit because of the dew making the ball wet. Australia 143/4, still trail by 234 runs.
16: 46 PM IST: Vastrakar gets this second
Pooja Vastrakar gets his second wicket, sends back Tahlia McGrath for 28, caught by Smriti Mandhana. Australia 119/4.
16:16 PM IST: Century for Australia
100 up for Australia, still trail by 275 runs. Ellyse Perry (15*) and Tahlia McGrath (16*). Australia 106/3.
15:34 PM IST: Australia lose Lanning
India are slowly making inroads with the third Australian wicket. Meg Lanning falls for 38, plumb in front off the bowling of Pooja Vastrakar. Big wicket for the Indian youngster. Ellyse Perry (6*), Tahlia McGrath (2*). Australia 82/3.
Lanning given out lbw.October 2, 2021
14:42 PM IST: Australia lose openers
Australia lose both openers as veteran Jhulan Goswami gives India an early success. Goswami picks Beth Mooney (4) and Alyssa Healy (29). Ellyse Perry (1*) and Meg Lanning (32*) are currently at the crease. Australia 69/2, trail by 308 runs.
Perfect start for India as Goswami gets through the defences of Mooney.October 2, 2021
13:04 PM IST: India declare
India lose another wicket in the form of Deepti Sharma before declaring the innings at 377/8. Deepti Sharma fell plumb in front off Stella Campbell for a well-made 66. Australian Ellyse Perry also became the first from the country across genders to complete 300 wickets and 5000 runs inernationally.
12:15 PM IST: Dinner break
Dinner break in Queensland. As expected India continue to bat on. Deepti Sharma showed some urgency in the second part of the session as she looked to open her arms. However, India lost Pooja Vastrakar for unlucky 13, off Ellyse Perry. India 359/7.
11:52 AM IST: 50 for Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma sweeps Georgia Wareham for a single to complete her second half century in Tests. Meanwhile, Pooja Vastrakar also got a life when dropped by Ashleigh Gardner off her own bowling. Deepti Sharma (56*), Pooja Vastrakar (12*). India 356/6.
11:06 AM IST: Campbell dismisses Bhatia
Australia claim first wicket of the day as Taniya Bhatia departs for 75-ball 22, edging behind to Alyssa Healy off Stella Campbell. Pooja Vastrakar joins Deepti Sharma (33*) in the middle. India 321/6.
10:50 AM IST: India aim to bat long
With this Test match heading for a draw, the message from the Indian dressing room would be to spend as much time as possible in the middle. The historic encounter lost more than three sessions due to rain in the first two days. Deepti Sharma (27*) and Taniya Bhatia (22*) are tacking the Australian bowlers in the middle. India 315/5.
10:15 AM IST: India cross 300-run mark
India cross the 300-run mark with Deepti Sharma slog sweeping Ashleigh Gardner for a four. Deepti is playing at 23 not out while wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia giving her company with an unbeaten 17. India 303/5.
9:33 AM IST: Day 3 starts
Lovely sunny afternoon full of blue sky, just the weather this game needs. The forecast looks clean for the rest of the day. Overnight batters Deepti Sharma (13*) and Taniya Bhatia (0*) start the proceedings for India. India 276/5.