Mackay (Australia), September 26
Indian bowlers again let Australia off the hook as the home team recovered from a wobble to post a competitive 264 for nine in the third women’s ODI here on Sunday.
Struggling at 87 for four in the 25th over, the hosts recovered through a 98-run stand between Ashleigh Gardner (67) and last-match centurion Beth Mooney (52).
Tahlia McGrath chipped in with a brisk 47 off 32 balls.
For India, medium pacer Pooja Vastrakar finished with figures of 3/46, while seasoned seamer Jhulan Goswami picked up 3 wickets giving away 37 runs.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss at the Harrup Park, Australia were off to a sedate start with the returning Rachael Haynes (13) and Alyssa Healy (35) putting on 41 runs for the first wicket in 8.1 overs.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss in the second ODI Goswami provided the opening breakthrough when she had Haynes caught at mid-off while the batter tried to play one over the top.
India rejoiced again four balls later as a beautiful Goswami delivery lured skipper Meg Lanning to go for a drive only to nick it to wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh.
Australia lost two more wickets before the recovery began.
Australia lead the three-match series 2-0.
Australia women: 264/9 in 50 overs (Ashleigh Gardner 67, Beth Mooney 52; Jhulan Goswami 3/37, Pooja Vastrakar 3/46). PTI