Australia Women vs India Women, 3rd T20I
Australia Women won by 14 runs
So the curtains fall on this series where both sides have unearthed potential superstars for the future. Tahlia McGrath for Australia and Yastika Bhatia to name just two. A series that was fought tooth and nail despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise. India will only get better as a side from this experience. Meanwhile, Australia are Australia - still the top dogs in this sport. It's been a real pleasure in bringing you the series throughout right from the ODIs to this game. On behalf of the entire team, hoping everyone takes care and stays safe, this is me signing off. Be well and see you soon - don't forget to catch up on all the other action on this platform - there's the small matter of an IPL qualifier 1 game coming up shortly. Adios!
Meg Lanning | Australia captain: We were looking forward to today, it has been a great series throughout, both sides have had momentum at different stages and it was nice to be able to put a very good performance in the last game. I think the more we play long-form cricket, the better we will get and more experience we will have. It is a lot of fun, we learnt a lot throughout the four days. India really created a great contest and throughout the series have tested us and given us a great challenge which is good for us. Tahlia McGrath being player of the series is a great effort, she came into the series not having played a lot of cricket for Australia in the past, to come out and really dominate the series like that was certainly very special and she should be very proud. Number of young players coming through have contributed at different times and that's exciting for us going forward. Like to thank Cricket Australia and Queensland government, for the opportunity to play some cricket and extend our best wishes to Victoria and New South Wales who are having a hard time right now.
Harmanpreet Kaur | India captain: The result wasn't in our favor but Pooja Vastrakar did really well throughout the tournament, Richa Ghosh took a lot of responsibility, we can take a lot of positives from this and we are on the right track. We have shown our performance day by day, whenever we get an opportunity, we need to prove ourselves and that's what we did throughout this tour. Should thank the support staff for supporting us and whenever we needed them, they were there for us. I'm very excited [on playing the WBBL] and it is a great opportunity for us to grow as a team. If we can get those games before an international tournament, it will be very good for us.
Tahlia McGrath: It's been an unreal series to have been a part of. It's been touch and go whether the series would go ahead, really grateful to Cricket Australia and Queensland government for making it possible. Certainly was a tough one, I haven't played T20 cricket at this level but at the end of the day batting is batting - see ball, hit ball. Really proud of the team. Very talented allrounders in the squad, happy to play my part wherever in the team and keep working on my own game. She's [Mooney] been unreal for me the whole series. Really awesome to bat with. She calmed me down after four dot balls and I loved spending some time in the middle with her.
Tahlia McGrath is both the player of the match and the series for her outstanding performances.
Australia win the T20 series 2-0 and the final score is 11-5 in favor of the hosts. Do stay tuned for the post-match stuff.
21:21 Local Time, 11:21 GMT, 16:51 IST: Eventually 150 proved too much for the Indians on the night. That late blitz from McGrath proving to be the difference in the end. Not to forget the two fine catches by Meg Lanning which got rid of Smriti and Harmanpreet. The former continued her great run with the bat even though she was slow to start off in the powerplay, her wicket after she reached fifty proved to be the turning point. From then on, the rate was going up all the time and Australia kept it simple by taking key wickets at regular intervals. Live pictures show Ramesh Powar - the coach - giving a talk with the entire team and support staff intently listening. Glum faces in the Indian camp but they have acquitted themselves well in this multi-format series and have given Australia a good run for their money.
INDW: 135-6 after 20 overs
19.6 Carey to Richa Ghosh, FOUR, India end with a boundary, but it is Australia who are smiling at the end of this multi-format series. Length delivery outside off, on the shorter side, Richa Ghosh carves and gets it wide of extra-cover for a four. Australia win by 14 runs.
19.5 Carey to Richa Ghosh, SIX, a monster hit this. Length ball on middle, Richa Ghosh stays back and bludgeons the pull over mid-wicket, clears the ropes by a long way. Too little, too late though
19.4 Carey to Richa Ghosh, SIX, length ball and following Richa Ghosh, she backs away and lofts on the rise, hit meatily and it goes all the way over long-off
19.3 Carey to Deepti Sharma, 1 run, full and angled in, Deepti Sharma slugs without any timing to deep square leg
19.2 Carey to Deepti Sharma, no run, full outside off, swing and a miss
19.1 Carey to Deepti Sharma, FOUR, length ball from round the wicket, angled in, Deepti Sharma swings it behind square into the gap and deep backward square can't get there in time
Nicola Carey [3.0-0-21-2] is back into the attack
INDW: 114-6 after 19 overs
18.6 Molineux to Deepti Sharma, 1 run, tossed up and Deepti Sharma is down the track to clip to long-on
18.5 Molineux to Richa Ghosh, 1 run, Richa Ghosh brings out the switch-hit, turns around and hits it along the ground to extra-cover
18.4 Molineux to Deepti Sharma, 1 run, full on the stumps, Deepti Sharma lofts to long-on
18.3 Molineux to Richa Ghosh, 1 run, swung away to long-on
18.2 Molineux to Richa Ghosh, no run, missed stumping from Healy. Richa Ghosh comes down the track and swipes across the line, misses and the ball keeps low, Healy can't gather cleanly
18.1 Molineux to Deepti Sharma, leg byes, 1 run, Deepti Sharma steps out and turns into a yorker length delivery that hits the boot and rolls away to the off-side