Chasing a modest total of 156, India opener Smrti Mandhana top-scored with 66 runs but got on support from her fellow teammates as India suffered an 11-run defeat.
- Australia defeated India by11 runs to win the Women T20 Tri-series final
- India opener Smrti Mandhana top-scored with 66 runs in 156 chase
- India lost their last 7 wickets for just 29 runs to lose the final
Indian women’s team suffered a batting collapse in the Women’s T20 international tri-series final against Australia to suffer an 11-run defeat at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest total of 156, India opener Smrti Mandhana played a 37-ball 66 blinder but got no support from her fellow teammates. Once Mandhana departed in the 15th over, with India needing 41 runs with 6 wickets in hand, the visitors bundled out on 144.
India lost their last 7 wickets for just 29 runs as Australian all-rounder Jess Jonassen took a career-best 5 for 12.
After opting to bat first in the final, opener Beth Mooney fired 54-ball 71 with her innings laced with 9 boundaries. Ashleigh Gardner and Meg Lanning scored 26 runs each. Rachael Haynes’s 7-ball 18 cameo as India gave 28 runs in the last 2 overs to help Australia finish with 155 for 6 in the 20 overs.
Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked 2 wickets each for India.
The two sides had won a match against each other in the double-legged league and entered the final on net run-rate after England suffered a defeat in their last match against Australia.
Women’s T20 international tri-series was a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup beginning in Australia on February 21. The World Cup will kick off with the two same teams playing in the opening match just nine days later.
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).