All-round Australia girls crush India in fifth T20I, win sequence 4-1 | Cricket News

All-round Australia girls crush India in fifth T20I, win sequence 4-1 | Cricket News
All-round Australia girls crush India in fifth T20I, win sequence 4-1 | Cricket News
NEW DELHI: All-rounder Heather Graham claimed a hat-trick after Asheigh Gardner and Grace Harris‘ power-packed batting performances as Australia girls floored India within the fifth and last T20I in Mumbai on Tuesday. With a 54-run victory within the last match, Australia bagged the sequence 4-1.
Heather grew to become solely the second girl cricketer from her nation to take a T20 hat-trick as Harmanpreet Kaur and co. might solely muster 142 in reply to Australia’s 196 for 4.

Graham (4/8 from 2 overs) was the star performer with the ball for the guests as she first dismissed Devika Vaidya and Radha Yadav within the final two deliveries of the thirteenth over.

She then returned within the last over of the innings to not solely declare a hat-trick with the opening ball within the type of Renuka Singh but additionally picked up the prized scalp of Deepti Sharma (53 off 34) within the last supply.
Australian pacer Megan Schutt was the primary girl from her nation to assert a hat-trick in T20 cricket in 2018.
Sent into bat, Gardner (66 not out off 32) and Harris (64 not out off 35) struck explosive unbeaten half-centuries to energy Australia to an imposing 196 for 4.
The Indian bowlers lower a sorry determine after preliminary success as Gardner and Harris stitched an attacking unbeaten 129 off simply 62 balls to fireplace Australia to their highest whole of the sequence.
The asking price was too tall for India as they saved dropping wickets at common intervals to be bowled out for 142.
India began their massive chase with a bang with vice-captain Smriti Mandhana (4) pulling Darcie Brown throughout the square-leg boundary within the first supply of the innings.
But Mandhana’s keep was short-lived as two balls later she holed out to Grace Harris at ahead sq. leg, seeking to flick the ball.
One-down Harleen Deol got here all out attacking and struck a boundary via level and gully from her first ball of the innings.
Shafali Verma (13) then obtained a reprieve within the third over when she was dropped by Harris at level after the batter miscued a shot.
But it was not Shafali’s day as she was caught by Annabel Sutherland off the bowling of Gardner at long-on.
Harleen Deol performed a 16-ball 24-run cameo earlier than changing into a sufferer of an pointless run out.
Things turned unhealthy to worse when skipper Harmanpreet Kaur departed. Introduced into the assault within the ninth over, Annabel Sutherland struck gold along with her first supply, trapping Harmanpreet infront of wicket because the batter didn’t gauge the size of the supply.
Wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh struck two boundaries earlier than perishing after which Heather Graham dismissed Devika Vaidya and Radha Yadav in consecutive deliveries to be within the fray for a hat-trick, which she accomplished within the last over of the match.
Earlier, Gardner remained unbeaten on 66 off 32 balls with the assistance of 11 boundaries and one six, whereas Harris made 64 not out of 35 balls throughout which she struck six fours and 4 hits over the fence.
Electing to bowl, India began brightly, dismissing Beth Mooney (2) and Phoebe Litchfield (11) cheaply inside 4 overs.
Thereafter, skipper Tahila McGrath (26 off 26) and Ellyse Perry (18 of 14) shared 38 runs for the third wicket to stabilise the innings.
Just when the partnership was trying harmful, Shafali Verma fooled McGrath with a tossed up supply which spun simply sufficient to beat the bat of an aggressive McGrath to be stumped by Richa Ghosh.
An over later, Perry departed in the hunt for massive shot down the bottom, caught by Harleen Deol in a juggling act of the bowling off Devika Vaidya.
Thereafter, it was an entire Harris and Gardner present as the 2 batters took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners.
All the Indian bowlers appeared clueless in entrance of the 2 Australian batters as they discovered the boundaries at will.
It was Harris who introduced up her fifty first in simply 28 balls with a six off Renuka Singh within the 18th over after which a ball later Gardner additionally reached the feat with a boundary in simply 25 balls.
It was raining boundaries and sixes in the direction of the tip because the Indian bowlers appeared fully out of types and a few sloppy work within the discipline additionally did not assist the hosts.
Vaidya turned out to be essentially the most economical for India with figures of 1/26 from her three overs.
(With inputs from PTI)

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