Women’s World Cup: India lose a high-scoring contest against Australia | Cricket News

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Given the form Meg Lanning and her team are in, no chase is beyond Australia’s reach. In a high-scoring contest, Australia pulled off a record World Cup chase, overhauling India’s total of 277/7 with three balls to spare for a six-wicket victory.
With the win, the six-time champions sealed their berth in the semifinals. India are now left with the task of winning their remaining two matches, against South Africa and Bangladesh, to stay in the hunt for a knockout berth.
Much like their previous outings, Australia thrived on team effort to get through the line in the last-over finish. Leading the way for the team from Down Under was skipper Lanning with her 107-ball-97 (13×4) and Alyssa Healy (72; 65b, 13×4). A brief rain halt failed to dampen Australia’s victory march.
Having put India in to bat, the title favourites got off to a good start, sending back openers Smriti Mandhana (10) and Shafali Verma (12) during the Powerplay, with young pacer Darcie Brown (3-30) coming to the party early in the game. Mandhana was the first one to go, handing a low catch to Lanning at slips. Shafali’s cut shot was brilliantly taken by Beth Mooney at gully.
At 28/2 in the sixth over, India had their backs to the wall before Yastika Bhatia (59) and skipper Mithali Raj (68; 96b, 4×4, 1×6) pulled off a rescue act with their 130-run association for the third wicket. The duo played an unhurried innings on a surface which was a batter’s delight.
Yastika, who was dropped in the 11th over, made the best of the lifeline. Brown put the brakes on the partnership, when Yastika stepped out to accelerate but found Perry at deep point. Mithali too followed a few overs later, when she tried to switch gears and accelerate, offering a regulation catch to Perry at deep midwicket.
Harmanpreet Kaur (57*; 47b, 6×4) then pushed the Indian total beyond the 250-mark with her entertaining knock. The bowling side contributed heavily to India’s total, leaking 29 extras.
In reply, the competitive total notwithstanding, Australia never lost sight of the target. Rachael Haynes (43) and Healy laid the foundation for the victory with their 121-run opening stand. Jhulan Goswami, playing her 200th One-dayer, and her new-ball partner Meghna Singh proved to be ineffective. Australia lost two quick wickets with Healy and Haynes returning to the dressing room in quick succession. But Perry and Lanning compounded India’s woes.
Lanning missed out on a well-deserved century when her attempted drive off Meghna Singh in the penultimate over was taken by a diving Pooja Vastrakar at point.
Needing eight runs off the last over bowled by Jhulan, Beth Mooney (30*) finished off with a boundary.
Scores: Australia Women 280/4 (Lanning 97, Healy 72, Haynes 43, Mooney 30*, Vastrakar 2-43) beat India Women 277/7 (Raj 68, Bhatia 59, Harmanpreet 57*, Vastrakar 34, Brown 3-30, King 2-52) by six wickets



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