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March 16, 2012
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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