India Women vs Australia Women Second ODI Mackay Match Report 2021

Beth Mooney scored a brilliant unbeaten 125 as Australia Women defeated India Women in the second ODI at Mackay to take an unassailable 2-0 lead on Friday.

After being asked to bat first by the hosts, the visitors opening pair of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana got their team off to a fantastic start.

The duo added 74 runs for the first wicket before Shafali dragged a Sophie Molineux delivery onto her stumps for 22.

Yastika Bhatia fell cheaply to Darcie Brown caught at midwicket by Ashleigh Gardner.

Mandhana along with Richa Gosh stitched together a solid 76 run stand for the fourth wicket before the former sliced a Tahlia McGrath delivery to Mooney at point for a fine 86.

Wicketkeeper Gosh after scoring a valuable 44 was bowled by McGrath, leaving their side in a spot of bother at 199/5.

The likes of Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami provided some impetus to the innings by putting on 53 runs for the seventh wicket, as India Women ended up with 274/7 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.

Tahlia McGrath was Australia Women’s best bowler with figures of 3/45, while Sophie Molineux claimed 2 wickets.

Chasing 275, Australia lost Alyssa Healy in the very first over to Jhulan Goswami. Skipper Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry too departed cheaply leaving the hosts in trouble at 34/3.

Ashleigh Garden edged a Pooja Vastrakar delivery to Bhatia at first slip for 12.

Mooney along with all rounder McGrath brought the innings back on track with a 126 run stand for the fifth wicket before the latter fell to Deepti Sharma for a fine 74.

Nicola Carey was dismissed off the final delivery by Jhulan Goswami. The dismissal though was reversed after it was adjudged that Goswami had bowled a waist-high no-ball, leaving Australia to get 2 off the final ball which they ultimately managed.

Beth Mooney was declared the Man of the Match for a brilliant century.

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