Australia Women return back to winning ways in Tri-Series

Beth Mooney scored 71 runs opening the batting
Beth Mooney scored 71 runs opening the batting

Australia Women 186-5 (Mooney 71) beat
India Women 150-5 (Rodrigues 50) by 36 runs
4th Twenty20 International, Tri-Series, Mumbai

Beth Mooney and Elyse Villani scored half-centuries as Australia Women returned back to winning ways with a 36-run win over India Women in the fourth game of the tri-series in Mumbai.

Both Australia and England have four points and have made it to the final while India are yet to open their account in the tournament.

India won the toss and decided to bowl first in a must-win encounter for them. The decision proved right as Pooja Vastrakar (2-28) snared Alyssa Healy (9) in the second over and Ashleigh Gardner (17) in the fourth over.

Just as India were looking to gain momentum, Mooney (71) and Villani (61) counterattacked with a 114-run stand for the third wicket off just 70 deliveries.

Villani completed her 10th T20I fifty with three consecutive boundaries and in the same 15th over, Mooney also reached a 35-ball half-century. Even though both the players were dismissed, Australia ended their innings strong with a score of 186 for five in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Megan Schutt (3-31) blew the Indian top order dismissing Smriti Mandhana (3), Mithali Raj (0) and Deepti Sharma (2) in the first five overs.

Jemimah Rodrigues (50), skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (33), Anuja Patil (38 not out) and Pooja Vastrakar (14 not out) showed fight but they were always behind the required run rate as they were restricted to 150 for five in the 20 overs.

Schutt was awarded the player of the match for her three wicket haul.

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