Australia v India, 3rd women's ODI, Adelaide

Blackwell and Rolton seal series cleansweep

Cricinfo staff

February 28, 2006

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Australia 1 for 129 (A Blackwell 63*, Rolton 56*) beat India 7 for 128 (Malhotra 27*, Rolton 2-6) by 9 wickets

Jaya Sharma spills a chance as Australia cruised to victory © Getty Images

Half-centuries from Alex Blackwell and Karen Rolton steered Australia to a sweat-free victory in the third and final women's one-day international against India at Adelaide. Rolton, the captain who was dropped three times, continued her impressive series with an unbeaten 56 off 86 balls while Blackwell carried her bat for 63 as Australia wrapped up the contest 3-0.

Jodie Purves, the wicketkeeper, was the only casualty, falling to Jhulan Goswami for 3 in the third over, as they reached 1 for 129 with 15.4 overs to spare. Rolton replaced the retired Belinda Clark as captain this season and she produced a string of superb allround performances to be named Player of the Series. In the first match she collected a hard-hitting 47 before picking up 4 for 29 in the second game, and today she added 2 for 6 in six overs to her half-century.

India's batsmen again found the home side's bowlers a daunting prospect as they battled to keep the rate at two-and-a-half runs an over, finishing with 7 for 128 on the Woodville Oval. Jaya Sharma (23) and Anjum Chopra (22) made steady starts, but no player could go on to a half-century and Reema Malhotra was unbeaten on 27 when the overs ran out.

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