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Ellyse Perry bowls Australia to 15-run victory

Ellyse Perry was in outstanding all-round form in the third and final ODI
Ellyse Perry was in outstanding all-round form in the third and final ODI
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Australia Women 136-5 (Perry 55no) beat
India Women 121-8 (Perry 4-12) by 15 runs
Third Twenty20 International, Sydney

Ellyse Perry hit 55 not out and then took four for 12 to drive Australia Women to a 15-run win over India Women in the third and final Twenty20 International at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Perry first helped Australia post 136 for five and India - who were already 2-0 up in the three-match series - then fell short on 121 for eight.

Perry struck four fours and three sixes, coming in at 49 for two after Alyssa Healy (0) and Meg Lanning (26) had departed.

She was well supported by Beth Mooney's run-a-ball 34 but she played the leading role in getting Australia up to a competitive score.

All of India's top five then got starts but could not go on to make any score bigger than Vellaswamy Vanitha's 28.

Rene Farrell, Jess Jonassen and Grace Harris removed Mithali Raj (12), Vanitha and Veda Krishnamurthy (21) respectively before Perry took control.

She dismissed Harmanpreet Kaur for 24, Smriti Mandhana for 14, Anuja Patil for three and Jhulan Goswami for one as India slipped from 50 for one to 110 for seven.

Farrell struck again to have Shikha Pandey caught by Healy for a duck as Australia closed out victory.

The two sides now head to the Manuka Oval in Canberra for the first of three ICC Women's Championship One-Day Internationals on 2nd February.

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