Third ODI: Aussies lose quick wickets, after splendid start

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 02, 2024 IST

Alyssa Healy and Phoebe Litchfield

Mumbai, Jan 2: Electing to bat first, Australia women were 282/5 in 44.3 overs against India in the third and final ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Tuesday.

Young Aussie opener Phoebe Litchfield and her partner captain Alyssa Healy batted with authority toying with the Indian attack. They put up a dominating show and shared 189-run partnership for the first wicket dictating terms against the struggling Indians.

Litchfield scored with more aggression and completed her consecutive third half-century of the series, reverse sweeping spinner Deepti Sharma.

Healy too comfortably scored her 50 as both batters batted with ease and without any real challenge by Indian bowlers.

However, she was finally bowled by pacer Pooja Vastrakar, when the right-arm fast bowler returned to attack in the 29th over. Healy scored 82 in 85 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes. 

Right arm medium pacer Amanjot Kaur then got seasoned Elyssa Perry LBW for 16. It was followed by off-spinner Shreyanka Patil's double strike in quick succession.

Shreyanka claimed Beth Mooney LBW for 3 and also removed Tahlia McGrath, who was adjudged LBW too the very first ball she faced. 

Phoebe Litchfield's marathon innings was finally ended by Deepti Sharma, who got her caught by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. But not before, she hit a superb ton. Litchfield scored 119 in 125 balls, with 16 boundaries and a huge six.

With Litchfield's wicket, Deepti too achieved her personal milestone of 100 ODI scalps.    

The visitors have already clinched the three-match series by winning the first two matches at the same venue earlier. 

Australia won the first match convincingly by a huge 6-wicket margin and also managed to clinch the tensed and keenly contested second ODI by 3 runs. 

For the final 50-over encounter, India on Tuesday made one change in their playing XI that played the last match on December 30, here. 

Slow-left arm orthodox bowler Mannat Kashyap made her ODI debut replacing spin-bowling all-rounder injured Sneh Rana. She sustained injury during the second ODI and Harleen Deol was the concussion substitute in her place.

The Aussies effected one change. Megan Schutt was roped in place of Darcie Brown.

Australia Playing XI:  Alyssa Healy (wicket-keeper and captain), Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Alana King, Kim Garth and Megan Schutt.

India Playing XI: Yastika Bhatia, Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Amanjot Kaur, Mannat Kashyap, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh and Shreyanka Patil.

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