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All-round Perry prevents clean sweep for India Women

Visitor’s batting fails to pull off a chase for a change as Australia Women seals 15-run win in final T20I

All-round Perry prevents clean sweep for India Women - Cricket News
Ellyse Perry returned 4 for 12 after scoring 55 not out off 41.
Ellyse Perry, winner of Australia’s Belinda Clark award this past week, showed why she was held in such high regard, driving Australia Women to a consolation win over India Women in the third and final Twenty20 International.
 
Perry’s masterful 55 not out off 41 first took Australia to 136 for 5. In the second half, she made the most vital strike in India’s chase, drawing a false shot from a rampaging Harmanpreet Kaur, the first wicket in what was an eventual analysis of 4 for 12 in four overs. For good measure, she had also taken a sharp catch at the midwicket boundary to see off V Vanitha, the top-scorer of the Indian innings.
 
India still tried to mount a spirited chase, but it fell short by 15 runs after finishing on 121 for 8 on Sunday (January 31). However, the Indians still ended up winning the series 2-1.
 
Mithali Raj had put Australia in on a bright day at Sydney Cricket Ground, not a surprising move since India had won the first two matches with well-paced chases. The move reaped an immediate dividend when Jhulan Goswami snared Alyssa Healy off the first ball of the match. However, there was some misfortune for India later in the over when Smriti Mandhana had to go off the field after injuring her right shoulder while putting in a diving stop. Mandhana came out to bat at No. 5 instead of her usual opening slot, but the period of rest seemed to have helped her and she wasn’t in great discomfort.
 
After that initial wicket, the bowlers found it tough going, with Beth Mooney, the opener, and Meg Lanning, the captain, putting on 49 runs in 45 balls to get the innings on track. Rajeshwari Gayakwad eventually made the breakthrough for India, getting Lanning (26 off 25) to hit to Shikha Pandey at long-on. However, there was no respite for the bowlers. Mooney played well for her run-a-ball 34, and though both she and Grace Harris fell in a short space of each other, Perry cut loose in the final overs.
 
Australia was 90 for 3 in 15 overs, with Perry on 20 off 26, but her last 15 balls brought 35 runs. Gayakwad, who had 2 for 19 in three overs, was taken apart in a final over that went for 17 runs, Perry hitting two fours, and then smashing a six off the final ball to finish perfectly, getting a half-century.
 
India’s chase couldn’t hit top gear, though Vanitha kept it going reasonably well. Raj fell in the fifth over, and India later lost Vanitha and Veda Krishnamurthy too. India was 74 for 3 in 12 overs, needing 63 more runs, when Harmanpreet smashed Harris around in an 18-run over that dragged India’s chances back.
 
Immediately, Lanning called on Perry, her best bowler, and with the match in the balance, Perry delivered. She had Harmanpreet caught by Alex Blackwell at short midwicket for 24 off 17, and with that wicket, India’s chances of a 3-0 sweep went too.
 
Wickets kept falling regularly after that, and Australia eventually ensured that it ended the series on a positive note.

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