That's it from the Canberra leg of this tri-series. The teams now move on to Melbourne for another round of matches before playing the final. With one win and a loss each, it could well boil down to the net run rates. That's it from our coverage today. Hope you enjoyed it. Hope to have you with us on next Friday (February 7). Take care! Adios!
It would have been easy for India to concede an easy win after crawling their way to a total above 100. But through their spinners, they fought back, striking regularly before Ellyse Perry got stuck. The allrounder ensured that there was only one team that was to win, specially after her heroics with the ball earlier in the day. Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked up two wickets for India and was the pick of them. Arundhati Reddy too gave a good account of herself after coming in as Pooja Vastrakar's replacement. That they could stretch Australia close would act as a solace.
Rachael Haynes: It was good to bounce back from yesterday. We could have been a bit more switched on but our bowling group did well. Our batters did very well in the chase. I think we should clean up a bit more for the rest few games.
Harmanpreet Kaur: Our bowlers bowled really well as this wasn’t a total we could have defended. I have to contribute with the ball also and will contribute whenever I can. We need to work on our batting. When our openers are not doing well, our lower order needs to do well and only then we can beat every other team.
Ellyse Perry for her allround efforts - four-fer with the ball and 49 with the bat: It was really nice to bounce back from yesterday. It was a tough match. Today, it was more of a tussle with the wicket being a bit older. The spinners bowled well. I think with so much of the heat in the last few days, the cracks opened up a bit, which was a good challenge. The outfield was quick and we had a lovely time.
Australia 104/6 in 18.5 overs, won by four wickets. It wasn't a comprehensive win for the hosts, but a win nonetheless. Thanks to Ellyse Perry's innings, Australia were in the hunt and her blows towards the end off Radha Yadav almost killed the game, though she departed on 49. Eventually, Nicola Carey hit the winning runs.
Australia 85/5 in 16 overs, need 19 in 24 balls. Only six runs have come in the last two overs in exchange of a wicket. Jess Jonassen looked to go over deep mid-wicket and holed out to Jemimah Rodrigues on the fence. Radha Yadav then delivered a two-run over, managing to keep even Ellyse Perry quiet. Perry is on 39 off 40 balls...
Australia 78/4 in 13.4 overs, need 26 in 38 balls. Ellyse Perry continues to have a good game. She has played with the field after Rachael Haynes' departure. She hit a classy four off Shikha Pandey first, before timing one through covers off Arundhati Reddy. Next up she smashed one through mid-wicket. She was dropped by Reddy in the over though, after smashing one hard at her. Perry is currently on 35 off 31 balls. The impact of the blow seemed to be so hard that it seems to have done some damage to Reddy's bowling hand. As a result she walked out and the over was finished by Harmanpreet Kaur. India wouldn't want to lose another player to injury, would then?
Australia 62/4 in 11 overs, need 42 in 54 balls. The pressure of dot balls got to Rachael Haynes, who tried to attack and was out for nine. She got a top edge on her attempted heave, which was pouched by Veda Krishnamurthy at mid-off. Deepti Sharma followed that over with an economical one. She has bowled out and has figures of 4-0-18-1 to show.
Australia 31/3 in 6 overs, need 73 more in 84 balls. Ashleigh Gardner blasted her way to 22 off just 13 balls before being cleaned up by Rajeshwari Gayakwad's quicker one. She went back to play a cut to a ball she should have played forward to. Can India believe?
Australia 30/2 in 5 overs, need 74 in 90 balls. Veda Krishnamurthy has a chat during the game, talking about defending the total and the preparations for the Australian tour: It’s quite a tough task for us but let’s see how it goes. We have been working together for quite a long time now. We had the India A tour besides the national camp at Bangalore. Soon enough, Deepti Sharma, who was belted for two fours in the over, gets rid of Beth Mooney, who scored 65 against England, for six. She tossed up one to which Mooney came down. But the turn meant that she missed it completely, to be stumped by Taniya Bhatia.
Australia 12/1 in 2 overs, need 92 in 108 balls. Shikha Pandey begins with a wicket! Delivers it full and outside off, Alyssa Healy looks to smash it through covers. Only manages to get it off the toe-end to Deepti Sharma at covers. Another low score for Healy, who goes for one. Ashleigh Gardner, batting at 3, though manages to pull it back. She first heaved one over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen. Then she got one in her area, which she pushed down the ground for a four.
It was a very poor outing for India. They were always going to be tested with the short stuff, given how little they were actually dished out such bowling in the recent past. They had a decent start and then Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur had to consolidate. But once the duo fell, they didn't anyone who put their hand up. Rachael Haynes' smart captaincy has to be credited with for Australia's performance. She cleverly rotated the bowlers and always kept India under a leash. Will that mean Australia canter to their first win of the tri-series? Or does the Indian bowling attack has a surprise for us?
This was my big worry with India: what happens if Mandhana or Harmanpreet have a poor game or leave the middle order 8-10 overs to bat? India have a very soft underbelly. Powerful line-up, yes. But very very soft middle.#AUSvIND https://t.co/3KyQprZ8wL— Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) February 2, 2020
India 103/9 in 20 overs. Not getting bowled out would perhaps be the only solace for India, whose batters couldn't withstand the pace and bounce at the Manuka Oval. It wasn't really a comprehensive end to the innings from Australia, as they lost a couple of chances, thereby letting a chance to bowl India out go abegging. Annabel Sutherland was the culprit on both occasions, one of which denied Ellyse Perry a deserving fifer.
India 90/8 in 17 overs. India lost five wickets in the space of 10 balls in the middle that has meant that it's a struggle now to last the entire innings. After Perry got three in her over, Tayla Vlaeminck picked up two in the next, sending back Veda Krishnamurthy (8) and Arundhati Reddy (5). India have been clearly undone by the pace and bounce by the Australians at the Manuka Oval. Radha Yadav and Shikha Pandey are in for India with three overs to go, with the former hitting a classy four...
India 78/6 in 13.5 overs. Want a wicket? Call Ellyse Perry. The Australian allrounder comes back for another spell and gets rid of the big fish Harmanpreet Kaur. Banged in short outside off, Kaur looks to ramp it over third man. Finds Nicola Carey there to perfection. What's more! On the very next ball, she managed to send Taniya Bhatia back for a golden duck. It was full and outside off. Bhatia only managed to steer it to Beth Mooney at backward point. A couple of balls later, Deepti Sharma's dismissal was a mirror image of that of Bhatia. Full and outside off, Sharma steers it straight to Mooney at backward point. India in a deep deep mush.
Ellyse Perry's on a hat-trick!She gets Kaur and Bhatia in consecutive balls! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/zWArPDGqnF — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 2, 2020
India 73/3 in 12 overs. Ashleigh Gardner is mic'd up and here's what she had to say, specially about Harmanpreet Kaur: I feel that Harmanpreet's wicket is very crucial. She is the one who can take the game away from you, so her wicket is very very crucial. I think 130 or 140 would be a good chaseable score for us. Her comments couldn't have come at a more apt time as Kaur just managed to hit a couple of fours in leggie Georgia Wareham's first over, which went for 12.
India 56/3 in 9.3 overs. Smriti Mandhana was batting well, hitting her second six of the innings, courtesy a slog over deep mid-wicket. But a ball later, Jess Jonassen changes angle, goes around the wicket and gets Mandhana to hole out to deep mid-wicket, where Ellyse Perry makes no mistake. Australia would be very pleased at breaking the stand as Mandhana can take the attacking route soon. She went for 35.
This third wkt partnership between mandhana n Harmanpreet was crucial. Just when rebuilding had started Mandhana perishes. 35(23)Big responsibility on Veda now. She has to come good.— neeru bhatia (@neerubhatia3) February 2, 2020
India 46/2 in 8 overs. India's T20I captain and vice-captain are going strong after the two early strikes by Australia. While Smriti Mandhana has looked in control on most occasions, Harmanpreet Kaur has had some streaky runs as well. Australia would know that this pair holds the key for the opposition and as a result, Rachael Haynes has rotated her bowlers smartly so far.
India 16/2 in 3 overs. Jemimah Rodrigues batted for 11 balls today. But never did she look comfortable during her time in the middle. Tayla Vlaeminck's pace was hurrying her up and that's what got her eventually. She looked to smash the length ball to the on side, ended up getting a top edge. The ball flew towards Nicola Carey at third man who made no error.
India 15/1 in 1.1 overs. Shafali Verma has to depart early and Australia strike early. Ellyse Perry lands it on a length around off and middle. Verma has a wild swing at it but misses, only to be castled. This will come as a relief for the Aussies after Megan Schutt was taken for 15 off the opening over, including two fours and a six.
Apart from Lanning, Delissa Kimmince also misses out for the hosts. Nicola Carey and Tayla Vlaeminck are in. For India, Pooja Vastrakar's hamstring injury means that Arundhati Reddy gets a game.
Australia are being led by Rachael Haynes in the absence of Meg Lanning. Harmanpreet Kaur calls it wrong and Australia will bowl first.
It's the final match of the Canberra leg of the tri-series, where Australia and India clash at the Manuka Oval. Australia are heading into the game on the back of a loss while India are here with a challenging win against England. This match should well decide how thrilling the Melbourne leg of the competition will be. Toss and teams in a bit...
Reality check for India; Ellyse Perry’s all-round show powers Australia to table-topJust a day ago, Australia almost pulled off a victory against England going on to tie the match, before losing in the Super Over. On Sunday (February 2), the hosts finally registered their first win of the tourney beating India in the T20I tri-series in Canberra, thanks to an allround show by Ellyse Perry. The 29-year-old Ellyse Perry, first dismantled the Indian batting with a four-fer which included three wickets in an over, before anchoring Australia’s chase with an almost run-a-ball 47-ball 49 helping the hosts to a not-so-comprehensive, fighting four-wicket win at the Manuka Oval. Chasing an easy 104,…
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