Mooney Leads Australia’s Heist In Last-ball Thriller

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Mooney leads Australia's heist in last-ball thriller. Australia's ODI winning streak has stretched 26 wafter victory in a final-ball thriller

Mooney Leads Australia’s Heist In Last-ball ThrillerAustralia's ODI winning streak has stretched 26 wafter victory in a final-ball thriller

Beth Mooney starred with a stunning century in the second ODI, as Australia pulled off a heist in a thriller to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 50-over series.

It was a game full of drama that India had in their hand until the final ball where Australia needed 3 to win. India thought they had Carey caught at square leg, but the third umpire intervened to adjudge it a waist-high no-ball, giving Australia an extra run too. With two needed, Carey drove Jhulan Goswami to long on to scamper for a pair as celebrations erupted in the Australian camp. Chasing 275 on Friday (September 24), Australia's five-wicket win extended their unbeaten streak to 26 games, orchestrated by Mooney's unbeaten 133-ball 125.

India will feel hard done by, having come so close and not having been able to wrap up the game. They were slightly ahead in the game for most of Australia's chase with the required run rate constantly mounting. They had bowled good lines and kept things tight with Australia scoring just around the five-run-an-over mark.

They could've had Mooney's wicket in the penultimate over, but Jemimah Rodrigues spilled the chance at deep midwicket. It came down to Australia needing 13 in the final over and they desperately needed a boundary to be in a comfortable position, but neither Mooney nor Nicola Carey could find it. Yet, they held their nerve to eke out a win, finishing with a 97-run, undefeated alliance.

Australia had lost wickets early with Goswami knocking Alyssa Healy over in the opening over for a duck. Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry too fell cheaply as Australia were in a spot of bother at 52 for 4. Tahlia McGrath then stood up to keep opener Mooney company to add 126 runs for the fifth wicket. McGrath, who also returned three wickets, struck nine fours in her 77-ball 74 before Deepti Sharma broke the stand bringing in Carey.

Smriti Mandhana had led India's charge earlier after they were asked to bat with an enterprising 86. Such was her domination that in an opening stand that was worth 74, her partner Shafali Verma only had scored 22 off 23. Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia fell cheaply but it didn't deter Mandhana, who had found her mojo.

She struck 11 fours in her 94-ball stay before falling in the 33rd over. With the top order's scanty returns, India needed their lower order to stand up and they did, led by Richa Ghosh's 44. Deepti chipped in with a handy contribution (23), as did Pooja Vastrakar (29) and Goswami (28*) to take India to 274. Australia bowled as many as 17 wides, conceding 31 runs in extras. In comparison, India conceded just 17, but it was the two no-balls in the final over, however, that cost them in the end.

Brief scores: India Women 274/7 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 86, Richa Ghosh 44, Pooja Vastrakar 29, Jhulan Goswami 28*; Sophie Molineux 2-28, Tahlia McGrath 3-45) lost to Australia Women 275/5 in 50 overs (Beth Mooney 125*, Tahlia McGrath 74, Nicola Carey 39*) by 5 wickets.

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