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India (W) vs AUS Women, Only Test at Carrara, IND-W in AUS, Sep 30 2021 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Only Test (D/N), Carrara, September 30 - October 03, 2021, India Women tour of Australia
377/8d & 135/3d
(T:272) 241/9d & 36/2

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
127 & 31
AUS-W 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 15Maiden
AUS-W: 36/2CRR: 2.40 
Ellyse Perry1 (14b)
Meg Lanning17 (43b 2x4)
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2-1-2-0
Pooja Vastrakar 5-1-13-1

9.18pm: Right, so that brings us to the end of this match. The series will move to the T20Is now. A memorable pink-ball Test, in spite of the rain, with some great performances. On behalf of Gnasher, Vairavan and Alex, this is Saurabh signing off for the game.

Meg Lanning: Without the weather we would have got a result in four days. We certainly came to win as did India. India played really well and put us on the back foot, we had to fight it out. They ran in hard and gave it their all. We fielded every day in this Test.

Mithali Raj: Had we got four wickets we might have kept going. But overall the team played really well. Jhulan has always been our best bowler for so many years and we got to see why she was the best. She shared her experience and young seamers Pooja Vastrakar and Meghna Singh were given opportunity alongside Jhulan so that they learn a lot. Smriti has been very impressive. I was impressed by Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh too in the one-dayers. I'm sure Harmanpreet (who is injured) will take the field in the T20s.

Smriti Mandhana is the Player of the Match: Definitely in my top three innings. It was the most nervous night I've ever had, the first day of the Test match. Slightly lucky with that no-ball on 80, that cleared my mindset that now that I've got a chance I've to make it count. As a player it's the topmost thing to wear whites and go out. Today was a different situation as compared to the first day, that only happens in Test cricket. We don't have much time, just three days before the T20Is. I did have a slight hit-out today like a T20. Rest for a day and then try to hit a few shots.

9.08pm: That's drinks and there's a bit of a discussion in the middle whether the teams will shake hands now or not. And they do shake hands so the Test ends in a draw. A good, tightly contest game that promised much. Rain ensured a draw was the most likely possibility and a draw it is. Two points to each team. This could be the last time we see Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj in Test cricket. A fine game to sign off on, if so. Goswami in particular, had a standout game. Smriti Mandhana was the standout performer of the game though, with that sublime first-innings century. India will be the more satisfied team at the end of this game, they had a substantial first innings, and bowled outstandingly too.

Gayakwad to Perry, no run

stretches forward fully to defend on the front foot outside off

Gayakwad to Perry, no run

goes right back and defends this to short leg

Gayakwad to Perry, no run

length outside off, chopped towards gully

Gayakwad to Perry, no run
Gayakwad to Perry, no run

loud shout for lbw denied. That skidded on to her and she got a bit of a feather I think onto pad, otherwise it looked like it would clip leg stump for sure

Gayakwad to Perry, no run

down the track to bunt it back to the bowler

Remy: "Last rays of light for this game? Surely they'll call it soon" --- I would expect so.

end of over 14Maiden
AUS-W: 36/2CRR: 2.57 
Meg Lanning17 (43b 2x4)
Ellyse Perry1 (8b)
Pooja Vastrakar 5-1-13-1
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 1-0-2-0
Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

short and wide outside off, cuts it to point

Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

back of a length shaping into her, but enough outside off to leave alone

Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

back of a length outside off, punched to point

Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

tailing into her on a full length, goes off the toe-end back on the boot and rolls down the pitch

Jack: "Who will be player of the match? Goswami and Mandhana have my vote" --- I'd probably lean more towards Mandhana for it.

Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

fuller outside off, steered to point

Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

length ball outside off, left alone

Vastrakar continues.

end of over 132 runs
AUS-W: 36/2CRR: 2.76 
Ellyse Perry1 (8b)
Meg Lanning17 (37b 2x4)
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 1-0-2-0
Pooja Vastrakar 4-0-13-1
Gayakwad to Perry, no run

tossed up, down the track to defend to the bowler's left

Gayakwad to Lanning, 1 run

tossed up on the stumps, nudged to square leg while coming on the front foot

Gayakwad to Lanning, no run

given room to cut, does so hard, backward point has to dive to her left and stop it

Gayakwad to Perry, 1 run

tossed up, down the track to get to the pitch and tapped into the legside

Gayakwad to Perry, no run

back of a length on off, doesn't turn, cuts it to cover

Gayakwad to Perry, no run

stretches forward to defend this, hit on the pad, well outside the line of offstump

Gayakwad now

end of over 124 runs
AUS-W: 34/2CRR: 2.83 
Meg Lanning16 (35b 2x4)
Ellyse Perry0 (4b)
Pooja Vastrakar 4-0-13-1
Jhulan Goswami 6-2-8-1
Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

coming in on a full length, defended towards midwicket on the front foot

Vastrakar to Lanning, no run

fuller coming into her, tapped into the legside

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