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Australia Women beat India Women by four wickets in the second IT20 in Carrara to secure the series win; Tahlia McGrath hits 42nd to lead the hosts to goal of 119 win in final; Australia takes an unassailable 2-0 lead in a three-game series

Last Updated: 10/09/21 1:48 pm


Tahlia McGrath scored 42 undefeated to overtake Australia and seal the T20 series

Tahlia McGrath scored 42 unbeaten to lead Australia to a four-wicket victory over India in a second low-scoring IT20 to take an impregnable 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

Having set 119 to win, Australia stuttered in the first half of their chase and found themselves 46-4 in the 10th and even 94-6 in the 17th, the game was in the balance, but McGrath held firm to get the home team. on the line with five balls to spare.

India had Pooja Vastrakar to thank for making the game as competitive as it was. The 22-year-old bowler scored 37 not out of 26 balls and dominated a last wicket position of 37 to take the tourists from 81-9 after 17 overs to 118-9 at the end of innings.

In the end, it was to no avail as, despite that initial wobble, Australia came home in hot pursuit to clinch the series before Sunday’s third and final T20.

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Having won the draw and chosen to bowl, Australia got just the start they were looking for by taking three wickets in the power play, Tayla Vlaeminck (2-18) eliminating starters Smriti Mandhana (1) and Shafali Verma (3). ) before the left arm spinner. Sophie Molineux had Jemimah Rodrigues (7) caught in the middle.

Harmanpreet Kaur (28 of 20) kept the score rolling for India despite those early grounds, but when they fell to Georgia Wareham (1-14) in the ninth, the races dried up and the grounds continued to fall with two starts. increasing visitor problems.

India was in serious danger of scoring a sub-100 total when Molineux (2-11) pitched Renuka Singh to finish 17th but some heavy blows from Vastraka in the final three overs ensured the players had something to defend.

Australia bounced back from losing Alyssa Healy’s second ball (4), thrown by a Shikha Pandey beauty who backed down and suffered no further losses in the power play.

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However, three big wickets in the space of four overs brought India back into the game with Meg Lanning (15), Ashleigh Gardner (1) and Ellyse Perry (2) out.

McGrath joined Beth Mooney with 73 runs still needed to win and just as the pair seemed to be back in control of Australia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad (3-21) left Mooney (34 of 36) stumped and then sent Nicola off. Carey (7) in the same way, three times later to keep India on the hunt.

McGrath, playing alone in his second IT20, kept his cool at all times and with the help of Wareham (10th from 7) and a mediocre fielding from India, put the home team back on the rise.

McGrath’s back-to-back limits at the start of the 19 mostly but sealed the deal for Australia and the right-hander stayed to connect the winning run against Vastraka from the first ball of the 20.

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