Australia has completed its multi-format series against India with a 14-run victory in the third women’s Twenty20 international on the Gold Coast.
- Australia made 5-149 from its 20 overs
- Opener Beth Mooney was the top scorer with 61 from 43 deliveries
- Nicola Carey took for 2-42 with the ball for the home side
Having set India a target of 150 to win Sunday’s match in Carrara, Australia restricted the tourists to 6-135 in reply, ensuring a 9-5 series win.
India opener Smriti Mandhana threatened to make the run chase interesting with a half-century.
But when she fell for 52 off 49 balls with just over five overs to play, her team’s hopes faded.
India captain Hamanpreet Kaur (13 off 16) was caught by opposite number Meg Lanning off the bowling of teenage quick Annabel Sutherland (1-13) in the following over to hammer the final nail in the coffin.
Medium-pacer Nicola Carey — who snared the key wicket of Mandhana — was the pick of Australia’s bowlers with 2-42.
Carey’s final over went for 21 runs, however, with Richa Ghosh ending the innings with a late flurry to finish unbeaten on 23 off just 11 deliveries.
Spinners Ash Gardner (1-22) and Georgia Wareham (1-15) were the other wicket-takers for the hosts in a match where star all-rounder Ellyse Perry did not bowl.
Earlier, a half-century to Beth Mooney lifted the Australians to 5-149 after they were sent in by Kaur.
With Alyssa Healy (4), Lanning (14), Gardner (1) and Perry (8) all failing, Mooney was the one bright light in the Australian top order, scoring 61.
Lanning’s dismissal was memorable for all the wrong reasons for the Australian skipper.
She hit her own stumps as she attempted a late cut off left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2-37).
Just as Australia appeared to be in trouble when Perry’s dismissal left its total at 4-73, for the third time this series Mooney was aided in setting the total by all-rounder Tahlia McGrath.
The match winner in Saturday’s second T20 international, McGrath belted an unbeaten 44 to lift Australia’s score to a respectable figure.
Australia’s focus now switches to domestic duties, with the WBBL starting on Thursday, before hosting England in the women’s Ashes in January.