Australia recovers from a fantastic delivery in the Twenty20 showdown with India to seal league winners

“The very special delivery,” McGrath said. “We stopped, turned around, saw it about four times [in the dugout]. It’s probably not a good idea when you keep watching that repetition. ”

Captain Meg Lanning added: “There were quite a few turns around. Even just nailing the pitch too, which is a little strange considering how good the wicket was the other night, but I think it brings the bowlers into the game and it was exciting for everyone. It was great to be able to fight our way through it. ”

India’s 10-wicket stand and Pandey’s five-star delivery changed the complexion of the match, but Australia’s calm, at most, created an unassailable league lead before Sunday’s third T20 match, which is now actually a dead rubber.

Panic seemed to sweep through the Australian camp following Healy’s dismissal. Beth Mooney could not manage a run in the second half, while Lanning looked tentative as Australia climbed to 1-16 after four overs.

Tahlia McGrath and Georgia Wareham celebrate the victory.

Tahlia McGrath and Georgia Wareham celebrate the victory.Credit:Getty

Just as Australia began to rebuild, the three crucial wickets – Lanning (15), Ash Gardner (1) and Perry (2) – quickly lost in succession to be 4-46 after 9.1 overs.

Australia’s required driving speed increased just over eight an over as the team needed 25 runs from three overs.

However, four boundaries in six deliveries turned the match in Australia’s favor before McGrath flew through for a single with scoring level.

Perry, who made his national debut in 2007 as a 16-year-old, overtook Alex Blackwell in the record books by playing in his 252nd match for Australia.

Previously, the visitors lost three wickets in their powerplay, thanks to a fine spell by opening bowling Tayla Vlaeminck (2-18 from three overs), and struggled to kickstart their innings by falling to 5-52 in the 10th inning.

It was in stark contrast to their quick start Thursday night as they ran to 4-131 from 15.2 overs before rain prevented a result.

Two run-outs did not help their case, and apart from a very hard dropped catch from Gardner, the Australians were sharp in the field, especially Perry in the outfield.

Australia pushed India through the pressure of the scoreboard, and a constant stream of wickets seemed to have hampered any chance of getting a competitive total.

However, India recovered from 9-81 to post 9-118 after their 20 overs where Pooja Vastrakar crushed an unbeaten 37 from 26 balls and No. 11 Rajeshwari Gayakwad walked off the field without a run to her name.

Their stand at 37 races was the second-highest partnership with the tenth wicket in women’s T20 international history. It was only enhanced by a 44-run stand from Costa Rica pair Wendy Morales and Amelia Arias in a match against Belize in 2019.

Despite losing momentum at the death of India’s innings, Australia’s class of bats shone through.


“A pretty special win tonight and extra special to end the series,” McGrath said.

“Motty [coach Matthew Mott] said to me before I went out, to play straight and get myself in. Wicket played a little harder than we first thought [it would]. I was in two thoughts about whether I was trying to keep the driving speed as close as possible or trying to get a big transition. Fortunately, it came eventually. ”

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