Summary: 3rd unofficial ODI – All round performance gives Australia ‘A’ series win over India ‘A’
An all-round performance by the Australia ‘A’ Women ensured that they win the final ODI against their Indian counterparts and win the 3-match series 2-1. Previous match centurions Georgia Redmayne and Erin Burns had major contributions with the bat while Molly Strano obtained consecutive 3-wicket hauls.
India ‘A’ Women won the toss and elected to bat first. They had a disastrous start with Molly Strano dismissing both Shafali Verma and Nuzhat Parween in the second over in the space of two balls. Priya Punia scored 13 runs while Devika Vaidya bagged a duck. Captain Veda Krishnamurthy 35(61) took the game forward with Dayalan Hemalatha 20(41). Arundhati Reddy was the top scorer. She made 45 in 70 balls and hit a maximum as well. Molly Strano got her third wicket of the match as Anuja Patil handed a catch to Erin Burns off her bowling on 14. Manali Dakshini remained not out on 23 to take India ‘A’ to 176/9 after 20 overs. Annabel Sutherland and Tahlia McGrath took 2 wickets each while Heather Graham scalped one.
In the second innings, opener, and captain Tahlia McGrath was dismissed by Anuja Patil as she handed a catch to opposition captain Krishnamurthy on 4. But Georgia Redmayne carried her form from the last game to build a steady innings. Her 41 runs off 59 balls were crucial to give Australia ‘A’ a good start. Bridget Patterson and Annabel Sutherland added 21 and 19 runs respectively to the scoreboard. In the middle overs, it was Erin Burns who was the star. She hit a half-ton at a decent pace which steered the chase. She made 53 runs facing 52 balls. Below the order, Amanda-Jade Wellington (10 off 13) and Molly Strano (22* of 37) completed the chase with ease. Australia ‘A’ chased down the target within 40 overs. Australia ‘A’ Women won by 3 wickets. Thus they win the 3-match ODI series 2-1 against India ‘A’ Women. From India, Dayalan Hemalatha obtained a 3-wicket haul while Tanuja Kanwer dismissed 2 batters.
India ‘A’ Women: 176/9 in 50 overs
Australia ‘A’ Women: 177/7 in 39.3 overs
Result: Australia ‘A’ Women won by 3 wickets
Series Result: Australia ‘A’ Women 2-1 India ‘A’ Women
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