63-Run Win Hands Australia Series Win Over India

63-Run Win Hands Australia Series Win Over India
63-Run Win Hands Australia Series Win Over India
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Australia Women 151-2 (Healy 90no, Lanning 42) beat
India Women 88-6 (Coyte 3-19) by 63 runs
Third Twenty20 International, Visakhapatnam

Australia Women's dominance since arriving in India continued as they won the third Twenty20 International over India Women by 63 runs.

The victory - their sixth in a row - moved them into an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with two matches remaining.

Alyssa Healy stroked 90 in 61 balls as Australia posted a formidable score of 151 for two and India could only manage to limp to 88 for six in reply.

A haul of three for 19 from Sarah Coyte did much to wreck their chances as their top five players all fell for single-figure scores.

Sulakshana Naik (34) and Reema Malhotra (32 not out) saved their side from a complete humiliation, having come together with the scoreboard reading 21 for five.

Earlier, there had been no such worries for Australia, as openers Meg Lanning (42 in 44 balls) and Healy (90 not out in 61 balls) forged an opening stand of 112 in 14.5 overs.

Both women reached new career-bests and the run scoring continued with Alex Blackwell hitting 14 before Healy was run out from the last ball of the innings.

The game was effectively over as a contest as early as the eighth over of India's reply as Coyte removed openers Amita Sharma (7) and Anjum Chopra (2), Ellyse Prry dismissed Harmanpreet Kaur for four and Veda Krishnamurthy for a golden duck and Ellyse Perry had Mithali Raj caught behind for five.

Naik and Malhotra added 60 for the sixth wicket before Coyte grabbed her third wicket when Naik was caught by Erin Osborne in the final over.

The fourth game is tomorrow (22nd March).

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