India v Australia, 3rd women's ODI, Mumbai March 16, 2012

Australia Women complete clean sweep

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia Women 178 for 5 (Cameron 90*) beat India Women 175 for 9 (Kaur 63, Hunter 2-28, Jonassen 2-14) by 5 wickets

Australia Women cantered to their third straight win against Indian Women, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, to complete a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series.

India chose to bat and were immediately in trouble as they lost their first three wickets for just 30 runs. With the 221-run drubbing from two days ago still fresh in India's minds, captain Anjum Chopra favoured a cautious approach, scoring 31 off 100 balls. At the other end, Harmanpreet Kaur played an attacking innings of 63 with 10 boundaries and a six to boost the home team. The departure of the two set players, and some tight spin bowling by Jess Jonassen, put the brakes on the Indian innings as they could only manage 40 runs in the last 10 overs.

In their chase, Australia lost opener Alyssa Healy for 6 to ODI debutant Sharma Subhalaxmi, who also dismissed series top-scorer Meg Lanning cheaply. Rachael Haynes (42 runs off 52 balls) and Jess Cameron (90 not out off 87 balls) prevented any further damage, and brought up the 100 in quick time. India were given brief hope of a revival when two wickets fell in the space of nine balls, but a solid 45-run partnership between Cameron and Lisa Sthalekar steadied Australia. Sthalekar became Nooshin Al Khadeer's 100th wicket in ODIs when she was dismissed for 11 off 26 balls. However, with only 25 runs required off 20 overs, India had already been outplayed. Australia strolled to the target to maintain their supremacy in the series.

The teams will now play five Twenty20s, with the first on March 18 in Visakhapatnam.

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  • Roo on March 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Great way to finish of the series 3-0 girls - congrads & keep it up... Well I'm going to wrap up the WoM award to Jodie Fields in the 3rd match & the series WoM award is a tie between Meg Lanning (184 runs) & Ellyse Perry (9 wkts) in the series... With Jodie Fields unlucky in missing out... Still it was an outstanding "team" achievement by both the bowlers & batters all doing their jobs well...

  • far on March 17, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    good job ladies nice to see now keep it up for the hit and giggle

  • Nikhil on March 16, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    31 of 100 deilveries!!!!!! Is Chopra Kiddin!!! Also, this is not the first time, she has played like this. Afer losing the series, this was the best chance to play agressive cricket, but alas! As I mentioned earlier, send Kaur earlier, utilise her full potential!

  • Dummy4 on March 16, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    well it looks very no competitive cricket from Indian women's team. In ladies cricket Australia, England and New Zealand are dominating. Other teams have to raise their bar so much to beat them. I am sure Indian team will develop into good side in near future.

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