CommBank T20 INTL Tri-Series: India Women beat Australia Women by 7 wickets
Australia suffered a seven-wicket loss against India in its CommBank T20 INTL Tri-Series clash at Junction Oval today despite a brilliant 93 from all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner.
Australia 173 - 5
India 177 - 3
Result - India Women win by 7 wickets
The hosts posted 5-173 batting first, with Gardner and captain Meg Lanning (37) doing the bulk of the scoring after openers Alyssa Healy (0) and Beth Mooney were dismissed (16) cheaply.
Gardner anchored the innings with a 57-ball 93 including 11 fours and three sixes.
India made a strong start in reply reaching 85 before Ellyse Perry (1-33) had the dangerous Shafali Verma (49 off 28 balls) caught on the boundary.
Fellow opener Smriti Mandhana (55) and Jemimah Rodrigues (30) continued to play with freedom, finding the boundary with ease as India looked like making light work of the chase.
Australia fought back with Nicola Carey (1-27) and Megan Schutt (1-26) removing Rodrigues and Mandhana to take the game into the final over, but India scored the four runs required with two balls to spare.
Australia will face England tomorrow at the same venue with only victory enough to secure a spot in the Tri-Series Final on Wednesday.
Australia Women - Alyssa Healy(wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning(c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Sophie Molineux, Jess Jonassen, Nicola Carey, Delissa Kimmince, Megan Schutt
India Women - Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma, Arundhati Reddy
Start Time: 01:10
Toss: India Women won the toss and decided to field
Venue: CitiPower Centre, Melbourne
Officials: Donovan Koch, Anthony Wilds, Claire Polosak, Michael Graham-Smith, Robert Stratford
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