Australia women beat India women by five wickets in a thriller to take 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Catch highlights here
Australia Women win by 5 wickets
Opener Beth Mooney struck a brilliant unbeaten century to guide Australia to a five-wicket win over India in a thrilling last-ball finish in the second women's ODI of the three-match series. Australia thus claimed the series. Australia needed 13 off the last over and completed the win in the last ball of the match.
Mooney remained not out on 125, while Nicola Carey was unbeaten on 39 when the match ended. Two no balls by the experienced Jhulan Goswami did not help India's cause in the last over.
Earlier, opener Smriti Mandhana hit a patient 86 to guide India to a competitive 274 for seven against the hosts. Mandhana hit 11 boundaries to register her 19th half-century after the visitors were sent in to bat. She shared two crucial partnerships -- 76 runs with Richa Ghosh (44) and 74 runs with Shafali Verma (22) -- to help India set up a competitive total.
India 274 for 7 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 86, Richa Ghosh 44; Tahlia McGrath (3/45), Sophie Molineux (2/28), Darcie Brown (1/63)
Australia: 275/5 in 50 overs (Beth Mooney 125 not out, Tahlia McGrath 74).
India thought they won. Then...
Beth Mooney, the star as she returned unbeaten on 125 off 133. Nicola Carey played the supporting role with 39 off 38. Australia take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Nicola Carey and Beth Mooney steal a couple and Australia win by five wickets. AUS - 275/5 (50); IND - 274/7 (50).
Needing three off the last ball, Nicola Carey hauls out. Umpires reviewed for height. Massive call. No ball. Now, one off one.
Drama as Jhulan Goswami delivers a beamer to Nicola Carey. Aussie batter copes one. Australia need 7 in 4.
Australia need 13 runs in 6 balls. Jhulan Goswami to bowl the final over.
Australia need 23 runs off 12 balls. Beth Mooney (114 off 127) and Nicola Carey (32 off 30) stand now worth 74 in 57. AUS - 252/5 (48); IND - 274/7
Century for Beth Mooney in just 117 balls (10 fours). Australia need 41 runs in 25 balls. AUS - 234/5 (45.5)
Beth Mooney (98 off 115) stands tall as Australia turn the table. She adds 51 runs in 39 balls with Nicola Carey (26 off 24) for the sixth wicket. Aussies need another 46 runs in 30 balls. AUS - 229/5 (45); IND - 274/7
Deepti Sharma strikes to remove Tahlia McGrath (74 off 77). Caught by Yastika Bhatia. McGrath added 126 runs in 136 with Beth Mooney (74 off 100). Nicola Carey joins Mooney. Australia need another 97 runs in 69 balls. AUS - 178/5 (38.3); IND - 274/7
100-run stand in 116 balls between Beth Mooney (59 off 88) and Tahlia McGrath (65 off 68). Australia need another 123 runs in 90 balls. AUS - 152/4 (35); IND - 274/7
26 runs in the last five overs. Australia need 157 runs more. Beth Mooney (45 off 73) and Tahlia McGrath (46 off 52) add 66 in 85 for the fifth wicket. AUS - 118/4 (30); IND - 274/7
Beth Mooney (38 off 64) and Tahlia McGrath (27 off 31) add 41 in 56 as Australia mount a fightback. AUS - 92/4 (25); IND - 274/7
Pooja Vastrakar strikes in her first over. Ash Gardner (12 off 24) caught by Yastika Bhatia at first slip. Tahlia McGrath joins Beth Mooney (25 off 40). AUS - 52/4 (15.5); IND - 274/7
Elysse Perry (2 off 7) is run out by Pooja Vastrakar. Massive wicket for India. Ashleigh Gardner joins Beth Mooney (19 off 27). AUS - 34/3 (9.4); IND - 274/7
Stunning take from Rajeshwari Gayakwad, a running catch at deep square leg, to send Meg Lanning (6 off 21) back. Wicket for Meghna Singh. Elysse Perry joins Beth Mooney (2 off 11). AUS - 11/2 (5.5); IND - 274/7
Jhulan Goswami (1/8 in 3 overs) and Meghna Singh (0/0 in 2 overs) having a go at Australian batters, Meg Lanning (5 off 19) and Beth Mooney (1 off 8). AUS - 8/1 (5); IND - 274/7
Jhulan Goswami strikes third ball. Alyssa Healy (0 off 3) bowled. Meg Lanning joins Beth Mooney. AUS - 0/1 (0.3); IND - 274/7
Here's what happened during the Indian innings:
Opener Smriti Mandhana hit 11 boundaries to register her 19th half-century after the visitors were sent in to bat. She shared two crucial partnerships -- 76 runs with Richa Ghosh (44) and 74 runs with Shafali Verma (22) -- to help India set up a good total. It is the highest total scored against Australia since their 25-match winning streak started in 2018. India were off to a flying start with Mandhana and Shafali (22) racing to 68/0 in the first 10 overs, their best in the 10 ODIs they have played this year.
But the threatening opening stand was soon broken by spinner Sophie Molineux in the 12th over as she dismissed the latter. Amix up then led to skipper Mithali Raj’s (8) run out followed by Yastika Bhatia’s (3) departure as the hosts made a strong comeback. Mandhana and Ghosh then steadied the ship, keeping the scoreboard ticking but the opener sliced it straight to point which marked the end of her innings.
Pooja Vastrakar (29) and Jhulan Goswami (28 not out) added 53 runs to help India breach the 250-run mark.
Tahlia McGrath (3/45) was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with Molineux (2/28) picking two wickets.
India 274 for 7 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 86, Richa Ghosh 44; Tahlia McGrath (3/45), Sophie Molineux (2/28), Darcie Brown (1/63).
Have India done enough to end Australia's record-winning run? 36 runs and one wicket in the last five overs as India reach 274/7. Australia are looking for a 26th win on the trot? This is the highest any team has posted against Australia in this run. Pooja Vastrakar (29 off 37) the final wicket to fall, to Sophie Molineux. She add 53 in 47 for the seventh wicket with unbeaten Jhulan Goswami (28 off 25). IND - 274/7 (50)
25 runs and one wicket in the last five overs including 17 off 17 for the seventh wicket stand between Pooja Vastrakar (14 off 22) and Jhulan Goswami (9 off 10). IND - 238/6 (45)
Deepti Sharma (23 off 24) holes out at deep. Third wicket for Tahlia McGrath. Ellyse Perry takes a good catch at deep. Jhulan Goswami joins Pooja Vastrakar. IND - 221/6 (42.1)
Deepti Sharma (19 off 28) and Pooja Vastrakar (3 off 8) will look to increase the tempo in the last ten overs. IND - 213/5 (40)
Richa Ghosh (44 off 50) falls. Bowled by Tahlia McGrath. 28 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. IND - 199/5 (37).
Richa Ghosh hits the first six (33.6 over) of the match, straight over bowler Darcie Brown. Ghosh is unbeaten on 39 off 45. Deepti Sharma is yet to open her account. IND - 182/4 (34)
Smriti Mandhana (86 off 94) departs. Hands a catch to point fielder, Beth Mooney. First wicket for Tahlia McGrath. And the 76-run stand is broken. Deepti Sharma joins Richa Ghosh in the centre. IND - 171/4 (32.3) .
64 in 62 balls for the fourth wicket. Smriti Mandhana (76 off 87) and Richa Ghosh (27 off 33) are cruising. India add 34 runs in the last five overs. IND - 159/3 (30).
37 in 38 for the fourth wicket as Smriti Mandhana (60 off 74) and Richa Ghosh (21 off 22) rebuild Indian innings. IND - 132/3 (26).
Yastika Bhatia (3 off 14) holes out at square leg. Darcie Brown gets her first. Catch taken by Ashleigh Gardner. Richa Ghosh joins Smriti Mandhana in the centre. IND - 98/3 (20).
19th ODI fifty for Smriti Mandhana (50 off 57) with a single, off 56th ball. Yastika Bhatia (3 off 5). IND - 94/2 (18)
What a mess. Mithali Raj is run out by. Skipper returns to bowler's end after a mix-up, and is short by miles. She made 8 off 23. Smriti Mandhana in unbeaten on 49 off 54. She is now joined by Yastika Bhatia. IND - 88/2 (16.3)
Shafali Verma (22 off 23) departs. Bowled by Sophie Molineux. Skipper Mithali Raj is the new batter for India. IND - 74/1 (11.1)
Smriti Mandhana (44 off 40) approaches her fifty as India openers take charge. Shafali Verma is unbeaten on 17 off 20. IND - 68/0 (10).
A very strong start from Indian openers. 22/0 in three overs with Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma unbeaten on 17 off 11 and 5 off 7.
Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma open for India. Ellyse Perry with the new ball.
One change for India. Rajeshwari Gayakwad in for Sneh Rana. Harmanpreet Kaur still unfit. One change for Australia too. Rachael Haynes is unfit, and Nicola Carey takes her place in the XI.
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (c), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.
Australia: Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown.
Australia Women have won the toss and have opted to field.
Outplayed in every aspect of the game so far, the Indian women’s cricket team desperately needs its top order to strike form and its bowlers to show some spark against an in-form Australia in the second ODI. India lost the series opener by nine wickets after posting 225/8. Aussies, powered by Rachael Haynes (93 not out off 100) and Alyssa Healy (77 off 77) reached the target in 41 overs. Skipper Mithali Raj was India's top scorer with 107-ball 63. Her opposite number Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 53 off 69.
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown, Stella Campbell, Annabel Sutherland, Molly Strano, Maitlan Brown, Georgia Redmayne, Nicola Carey
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (c), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Punam Raut, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia
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