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RESULT
5th T20I (N), Brabourne, December 20, 2022, Australia Women tour of India
(20 ov, T:197) 142

Australia won by 54 runs

Player Of The Match
66* (32), 2/20 & 2 catches
ashleigh-gardner
Player Of The Series
115 runs • 7 wkts
ashleigh-gardner
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Scorecard summary
Australia Women 196/4(20 overs)
India Women 142/10(20 overs)
end of over 205 runs • 2 wickets
IND-W: 142/10CRR: 7.10 
Rajeshwari Gayakwad1 (3b)
Heather Graham 2-0-8-4
Tahlia McGrath 2-0-17-1

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It's time for the post-match honours

Tahlia McGrath, the stand-in Australia captain. "It's always a fierce battle against India, and this series didn't disappoint. The power game is impressive to watch, loved watching Ash and Grace today. We pride ourselves on fearless cricket, like to take the game on and stay ahead. The crowds have been the best thing about the series, India came hard at us."

Ash Gardner is the Player of the Match for her 66 off 32 and 2-20. Second one in a row for her. She's also the Player of the series.

"Just enjoying my cricket more than anything else, reaping the benefits on the field." she says. "I think it's easy batting with someone like Grace, who has the power game to back up the chat. I've just enjoyed my cricket over the last 12 months. I feel some games I'm more of a bowler, in others a batter. I try to not do too much [power hitting] at training, I tend to lose my shape (laughs)."

Harmanpreet Kaur: I think we were really good in the first 10-12 overs. We know the kind of power they have in their game, unfortunately we weren't able to stop them. Lot of learnings for us. We knew the type of cricket they play, happy to have improved though in a lot of areas. Lot of things we learnt from them, the way they were clearing the boundaries - that's something we'd like to bring in. Self-belief has been the biggest positive in this series. We have a month off now where we'd like to train hard before the World Cup.

10pm Disappointing end to the series for India; Australia take it 4-1. India were in it for the first 10 overs with the ball, but it got away from them in a jiffy. Gardner and Harris made blistering half-centuries in a fine exhibition of big hitting to haul Australia to a massive total. In their chase, India were suckerpunched right at the start and they never recovered. Barring that Super Over loss in the second T20I, Australia have won everything else in T20Is this year.

Heather Graham: Not sure how that [hat-trick] happened. Bowlers got us off to a really good start. The way Ash and Grace batted was phenomenal, and we were able to carry through that momentum. I think the way the wicket played while we were batting, there was a bit of turn, and I was just looking to use my slower balls well. Pretty fortunate I was able to reap the rewards of all the other bowlers tonight. I really didn't realise it was the hat-trick ball. I don't bowl too many off-pace bowls, thought let's just bowl pace and see what happens here. This series win is massive leading into the World Cup. The fact that we've had two captains here has been amazing. For us to come in and continue the dominating performance has been a massive plus for us. It gives us good momentum with the Pakistan series and going into the World Cup.

19.6
W
Graham to Sharma, OUT

looks to clear the ropes but can only hit this as far as long-off.

Deepti Sharma c Gardner b Graham 53 (34b 8x4 1x6 49m) SR: 155.88
19.5
4
Graham to Sharma, FOUR runs

Deepti gets a valiant half-century! Lovely hit that into the leg side. Down on one knee to sweep that one bounce to deep square

19.4
1
Graham to Gayakwad, 1 run

pushed into the off side for a single

19.3
Graham to Gayakwad, no run

floated full on off, defended.

19.2
Graham to Gayakwad, no run

full on the stumps, defended back

19.1
W
Graham to Renuka Singh, OUT

cleaned up and that's a hat-trick! This length ball skids back in from middle to beat the inside edge and crash into the stumps. Graham can't believe it. All said a harmless delivery that could've been played back down the pitch. But Graham ain't complaining, is she? Hat-trick across two overs. Dream figures of 3-3 so far. Can she nip out one more for four in four?

Renuka Singh b Graham 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 66.66
end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
IND-W: 137/8CRR: 7.21 RRR: 60.00 • Need 60 from 6b
Deepti Sharma49 (32b 7x4 1x6)
Renuka Singh2 (2b)
Tahlia McGrath 2-0-17-1
Ashleigh Gardner 4-0-20-2
18.6
4
McGrath to Sharma, FOUR runs

steps out and swats this full toss into the gap at deep midwicket. Nailed that off the middle.

18.5
1
McGrath to Renuka Singh, 1 run

squeezes this off a thickish inside edge to deep midwicket

18.4
1
McGrath to Sharma, 1 run

steps out and wrists this full delivery down to long-on

18.3
1
McGrath to Renuka Singh, 1 run

cuts to deep point

18.2
W
McGrath to K Anjali Sarvani, OUT

swung into the leg side but there's no timing and deep midwicket takes a dolly.

Anjali Sarvani c Gardner b McGrath 4 (12b 0x4 0x6 20m) SR: 33.33
18.1
1
McGrath to Sharma, 1 run

tickled down to fine leg

end of over 182 runs
IND-W: 129/7CRR: 7.16 RRR: 34.00 • Need 68 from 12b
Deepti Sharma43 (29b 6x4 1x6)
Anjali Sarvani4 (11b)
Ashleigh Gardner 4-0-20-2
Alana King 4-0-34-0
17.6
1
Gardner to Sharma, 1 run

pulled to deep midwicket, didn't hit it as well as she would've liked

Akshay: "I think it's unfair to say this has been lopsided series. Because of how battle-hardened this Aussie team is, they've won the big moments when the Indians have faltered. Apart from today, the other four games have been close-ish at various stages, which India could've closed out with a bit more experience and know-how. "

17.5
Gardner to Sharma, no run

dabs to short third

17.4
1
Gardner to K Anjali Sarvani, 1 run

swept with the angle to deep square

17.3
Gardner to K Anjali Sarvani, no run

pushed to cover, looks for a single but sent back

17.2
Gardner to K Anjali Sarvani, no run

drifting into middle and leg, tucked to short fine

17.1
Gardner to K Anjali Sarvani, no run

cuts but straight to point

end of over 1718 runs
IND-W: 127/7CRR: 7.47 RRR: 23.33 • Need 70 from 18b
Deepti Sharma42 (27b 6x4 1x6)
Anjali Sarvani3 (7b)
Alana King 4-0-34-0
Darcie Brown 4-0-31-1
16.6
4
King to Sharma, FOUR runs

steps out and pulls this to deep square where Sutherland gets to the ball and parries it on the move to her colleague. But it appears as if the boot has touched the ropes when the ball was in her hand. So four it will be.

16.5
1
King to K Anjali Sarvani, 1 run

heaved into the leg side, on the bounce to deep midwicket

Best performances - batters
A Gardner
A Gardner AUS-W
66 runs (32)
11 fours1 six
Control
78%
Productive shot
cover drive
17 runs
3 fours0 six
00921712215
GM Harris
GM Harris AUS-W
64 runs (35)
6 fours4 sixes
Control
86%
Productive shot
slog sweep
23 runs
1 four3 sixes
4403581228
Best performances - bowlers
H Graham
H Graham AUS-W
O
2
M
0
R
8
W
4
ECO
4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
A Gardner
A Gardner AUS-W
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
2
ECO
5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
TossIndia Women, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Australia
Ashleigh Gardner
Player Of The Series
Australia
Ashleigh Gardner
Series resultAustralia Women won the 5-match series 4-1
Match numberWT20I no. 1332
Match days20 December 2022 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
India
Gayathri Venugopalan
India
Vrinda Rathi
TV Umpire
India
N Janani
Reserve Umpire
India
Nand Kishore
Match Referee
India
GS Lakshmi
Language
English
Hindi
India Innings
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