result
2nd T20I (N), Carrara, Oct 9 2021, India Women tour of Australia
(19.1/20 ov)119/6
AUS Women won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
42* (33)
tahlia-mcgrath
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• Shashank Kishore

Tahlia McGrath steers Australia to series win in tense chase

India fought hard to get to a competitive total and then with the ball, but Australia's experience prevailed

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Scores: Vairavan
Comms: Alex Malcolm
Scorecard summary
India Women118/9(20 overs)
Australia Women119/6(19.1 overs)

9.40pm Australia secure the series with a game to play tomorrow night. India will leave frustrated but have a chance to win one last game on Sunday. Join us again at the same time tomorrow for the 3rd T20I from the Gold Coast. Hope to see you then.

9.30pm Tahlia McGrath is Player of the Match in just her second T20I. McGrath: "Pretty good feeling at the moment. Bowlers set it up at the start. India bowled really well early and we're pretty happy to get away with a win and a series win. The conditions were a little bit trickier than we expected."
Harmanpreet Kaur: "We were 20 runs short today. The wicket was not that easy to bat on. If we had 20 more runs the result might have been in our favour."
Meg Lanning: "I thought we bowled and fielded extremely well. It was probably our best performance of the series so far. Tahlia McGrath was able to bring us home which was exciting for her. She's looked really good all series."

9.26pm Australia claim victory thanks to the cool head of Tahlia McGrath. She has had a great series and has pulled Australia out of the fire twice. Australia were in all sorts of trouble at 4 for 46 but McGrath and Mooney steadied and then Wareham played a little gem at the end. India were phenomenal with the ball. They lost this game with the bat. Gayakwad bowled magnificently. Kaur perhaps under-bowled herself and Deepti Sharma but it's hard to be critical when you only have 118 runs to play with. They needed more runs from the top order tonight.
Kritesh Modi: "Tahlia McGrath has really been a thorn in India's side this series"
Parishi: "Baffling captaincy. You can't expect a newcomer to deliver straightaway. Deepti should have bowled the 18th and the last over. Shikha could've bowled the penultimate over. And don't India remember how well McGrath plays in the off side. Obviously the fielding letting us down again."

19.1
1
Vastrakar to McGrath, 1 run

Australia survive and win the series! Just! Slower ball on leg, she tries to pull, gets a bottom edge onto pad and it rolls into the off side for the winning run

Pooja Vastrakar kept India in it with the bat. But a maiden seems impossible

end of over 1913 runs
AUS-W: 118/6CRR: 6.21 RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 from 6b
Tahlia McGrath41 (32)
Georgia Wareham10 (7)
Renuka Singh 4-1-27-0
Shikha Pandey 4-0-27-1

Scores level

18.6
1
Renuka Singh to McGrath, 1 run

107kph, length ball on off, she heaves this without any timing through square leg for one

Sowmen: "The Indian team is just so unlucky, in 2nd ODI Dew played it's part in the loss, while in tesr Test and First t20 rain denied them victory. Honestly they should have been leading this series overall."

18.5
1
Renuka Singh to Wareham, 1 run

full on middle, she eases this to mid on for a single

18.4
1
Renuka Singh to McGrath, 1 run

full, fourth stump, she drives firmly to long on

18.3
2
Renuka Singh to McGrath, 2 runs

full toss, leg stump, glanced neatly without timing behind square for two

Keeper up to keep her in her crease

Andy: "Slightly flummoxed by the field setup. Keeping covers open and bowling widely of off"

18.2
4
Renuka Singh to McGrath, FOUR runs

smashed past cover! Superb batting. Slower ball, she skips out again and plays a classical cover drive with power through the gap and away to the rope

18.1
4
Renuka Singh to McGrath, FOUR runs

full toss clubbed down the ground! Thigh high full toss, she skips out with mid off up and lofts it straight with ease

Renuka Singh to bowl the 19th. Rachit Agrawal: "Deepti Sharma not bowling her full quota is un-believable."

end of over 1811 runs
AUS-W: 105/6CRR: 5.83 RRR: 7.00 • Need 14 from 12b
Georgia Wareham9 (6)
Tahlia McGrath29 (27)
Shikha Pandey 4-0-27-1
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4-0-21-3
17.6
4
Pandey to Wareham, FOUR runs

another misfield at long off! Powerful strike from Wareham carving this through the gap at cover, there's no one there, Pooja runs around the rope at long off and gets there but parries it over the rope!

17.5
1
Pandey to McGrath, 1 run

103kph, full outside off, drills a drive down the ground to long off

17.4
1
Pandey to Wareham, 1 run

102kph slower ball wide of off, she mistimes into the off side for a tight one

17.3
4
Pandey to Wareham, FOUR runs

Deepti can't haul it in at deep point! Full and wide and she drills a square drive past point, Deepti gets to it on the rope but can't knock it back.

17.2
Pandey to Wareham, no run

play and miss wide of off. It was a half volley and Wareham misses out

17.1
1
Pandey to McGrath, 1 run

full outside off, she steps outside off and slaps it along the ground to deep midwicket

Shikha Pandey to bowl her last over. Meanwhile, here's a story of a historic achievement for India in women's sport: The Indian women's chess team last week became the first ever Indian team - male or female - to win a silver medal at the World Teams Championships in Spain. It's a moment of vindication after a long wait, filled with many hardships and heartbreaks.

end of over 176 runs • 1 wicket
AUS-W: 94/6CRR: 5.52 RRR: 8.33 • Need 25 from 18b
Georgia Wareham0 (2)
Tahlia McGrath27 (25)
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4-0-21-3
Renuka Singh 3-1-14-0

Sarthak Sonwalk: "It's just commendable how the Indian team has fought back since the last ODI and have firmly challenged the invincible seeming Australia on their own turf. Hats off."

16.6
Gayakwad to Wareham, no run

back of a length on off, she's back and forcing this straight to point

Slip in

16.5
Gayakwad to Wareham, no run

short and wide, she is back to cut straight to point

Georgia Wareham

16.4
W
Gayakwad to Carey, OUT

Ghosh fumbles but onto the stumps! Carey skipped down to the wrong length and yorks herself, it gets under the bat, Ghosh fumbles but it drops onto the stumps and Carey just watches it happen in disbelief! Out stumped on the scorecard.

Nicola Carey st †Ghosh b Gayakwad 7 (15m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.5

Bimal: "India's fielding is now going to decide the match. "

16.3
1
Gayakwad to McGrath, 1 run

tossed up outside off, she skips down and drives nicely to deep cover

16.2
4
Gayakwad to McGrath, FOUR runs

slog sweep behind square! McGrath steps outside off and got the length she wanted to smash it along the ground behind square

16.1
1
Gayakwad to Carey, 1 run

direct hit would have done for Carey! She hit it straight to Verma at midwicket and ran, Verma took her time to steady and fire and just missed at the non striker's!

end of over 166 runs
AUS-W: 88/5CRR: 5.50 RRR: 7.75 • Need 31 from 24b
Nicola Carey6 (6)
Tahlia McGrath22 (23)
Renuka Singh 3-1-14-0
Harmanpreet Kaur 2-0-9-1

Anish: "Time for Aus to return the favor of runouts. Just India needs to be alert in fielding"

15.6
1
Renuka Singh to Carey, 1 run

good length, off stump, she pushes to mid off for one

Best performances - batters
Tahlia McGrath portrait
TM McGrath AUS-W
42 runs (33)
6 fours
0 six
Control82%
Productive shot
cover drive
11 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Pooja Vastrarkar player portrait
P Vastrakar IND-W
37 runs (26)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
cover drive
8 runs
1 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Rajeshwari Gayakwad portrait
RS Gayakwad IND-W
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
3
ECO
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Sophie Molineux portrait
S Molineux AUS-W
O
4
M
0
R
11
W
2
ECO
2.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Carrara Oval
TossAustralia Women, elected to field first
SeriesIndia Women tour of Australia
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Tahlia McGrath
Tahlia McGrath
Series resultAustralia Women led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 982
Match days09 October 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
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Phillip Gillespie
TV Umpire
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Eloise Sheridan
Reserve Umpire
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Claire Polosak
Match Referee
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Bob Stratford
PointsAustralia Women 2, India Women 0