Australia Women v India Women, only Test, Adelaide, 3rd day February 20, 2006

Sthalekar pushes Australia to innings victory

Cricinfo staff

Australia 250 beat India 93 and 153 (Sthalekar 5-30) by an innings and 4 runs

Lisa Sthalekar and Shelley Nitschke are all smiles as Australia walk over India © Getty Images

Australia crushed India by an innings and four runs on the third day of the one-off Test at the Adelaide Oval. Lisa Sthalekar, the offspinner, set up the win with career-best figures of 5 for 30 as India folded for 153 to follow their first-innings 93.

Australia bowled a suffocating line and delivered a total of 60 maidens as India scored at one-and-a-half runs an over. Resuming on 3 for 51, the visitors lost Devika Palshikar to Cathryn Fitzpatrick after adding only two runs before Rumeli Dhar and Sunetra Paranjpe offered some resistance in a stand of 51.

Fitzpatrick accounted for Dhar, who top scored with 38, while Sthalekar took the wickets of Paranjpe and Jhulan Goswami. Shelley Nitschke interrupted Sthalekar by removing Amita Sharma, but she wrapped up the match by taking a return catch off Nooshin Al Khader for her fifth dismissal. Sthalekar was named Player of the Match for her all-round performance, which included 72 batting at No. 4 in Australia's 250.

Karen Rolton, the Australia captain, had the most economical figures and conceded only ten runs off her 12 overs while bagging the wickets of both openers. After the one-sided Test India will have only five days to recover for the three-match one-day series starting in Adelaide on Saturday.