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Gardner-Harris assault, Graham hat-trick help Australia clinch series 4-1
From 67-4, Australia put on 196 on board before bowling India out for 142

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Grace Harris and Ashleigh Gardner put on a crucial stand, India v Australia, 5th T20I, Mumbai, December 20, 2022
Grace Harris and Ashleigh Gardner put on a crucial stand to lift Australia to 196 • BCCI

Australia 196 for 4 (Gardner 66*, Harris 64*, Vaidya 1-26) beat India 142 all out (Deepti 53, Deol 24, Graham 4-8, Gardner 2-20) by 54 runs

Ashleigh Gardner put in another all-round display while Grace Harris continued with her big-hitting heroics as Australia thumped India by 54 runs to seal a 4-1 series win at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday.

 

After Gardner and Harris propelled Australia to 196 for 4 – the highest total in this series – India’s batting line-up crumbled for 142, as Heather Graham claimed a hat-trick in just her third T20I for Australia.

Deepti Sharma hit a half-century to take India to a respectable total at a time when a more embarrassing defeat looked to be on the cards.

Gardner, Harris onslaught
India started well with the ball, getting both openers out in a powerplay that also saw Renuka Singh bowl a maiden over to Australia’s stand-in captain, Tahlia McGrath. McGrath, however, came back strong and helped Australia kick on, before being stumped off Shafali Verma in the eighth over. Australia were 67 for 4 when the in-form Ellyse Perry fell in the 10th over, holing out to long-on off Devika Vaidya’s legspin.

However, like in every match in this series, a big partnership derailed the hosts’ hopes. It was Beth Mooney and McGrath in the first two games, Perry and Harris in the third and then Perry and Gardner in the fourth. On Tuesday, it was Harris and Gardner, who added 129 runs off 62 deliveries for the fifth wicket.

ThGardner-Harris assault, Graham hat-trick help Australia clinch series 4-1
From 67-4, Australia put on 196 on board before bowling India out for 142

 

Grace Harris and Ashleigh Gardner put on a crucial stand, India v Australia, 5th T20I, Mumbai, December 20, 2022
Grace Harris and Ashleigh Gardner put on a crucial stand to lift Australia to 196 • BCCI

Australia 196 for 4 (Gardner 66*, Harris 64*, Vaidya 1-26) beat India 142 all out (Deepti 53, Deol 24, Graham 4-8, Gardner 2-20) by 54 runs

Ashleigh Gardner put in another all-round display while Grace Harris continued with her big-hitting heroics as Australia thumped India by 54 runs to seal a 4-1 series win at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday.

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After Gardner and Harris propelled Australia to 196 for 4 – the highest total in this series – India’s batting line-up crumbled for 142, as Heather Graham claimed a hat-trick in just her third T20I for Australia.

Deepti Sharma hit a half-century to take India to a respectable total at a time when a more embarrassing defeat looked to be on the cards.

Gardner, Harris onslaught
India started well with the ball, getting both openers out in a powerplay that also saw Renuka Singh bowl a maiden over to Australia’s stand-in captain, Tahlia McGrath. McGrath, however, came back strong and helped Australia kick on, before being stumped off Shafali Verma in the eighth over. Australia were 67 for 4 when the in-form Ellyse Perry fell in the 10th over, holing out to long-on off Devika Vaidya’s legspin.

However, like in every match in this series, a big partnership derailed the hosts’ hopes. It was Beth Mooney and McGrath in the first two games, Perry and Harris in the third and then Perry and Gardner in the fourth. On Tuesday, it was Harris and Gardner, who added 129 runs off 62 deliveries for the fifth wicket.

They started their onslaught in the 13th over, when Gardner hit Anjali Sarvani for four consecutive boundaries. Australia hammered 112 runs in the last eight overs, including the 19 that came off Sarvani’s.

Gardner toyed with the fielders, finding the gaps with regularity, hitting 11 fours and a six. Harris, on the other hand, was less interested in where the fielders were and more in clearing the rope. She hit four sixes and six fours en route to her first T20I half-century.

India were not helped by the poor fielding, gifting Australia runs from overthrows on three different occasions. And a rare dot ball in the death overs from Renuka also slipped past Richa Ghosh for four byes.

Heather Graham picked up a hat-trick, India v Australia, 5th T20I, Mumbai, December 20, 2022
Heather Graham picked up a hat-trick•BCCI
Graham, Gardner rattle Indiaey started their onslaught in the 13th over, when Gardner hit Anjali Sarvani for four consecutive boundaries. Australia hammered 112 runs in the last eight overs, including the 19 that came off Sarvani’s.

Gardner toyed with the fielders, finding the gaps with regularity, hitting 11 fours and a six. Harris, on the other hand, was less interested in where the fielders were and more in clearing the rope. She hit four sixes and six fours en route to her first T20I half-century.

India were not helped by the poor fielding, gifting Australia runs from overthrows on three different occasions. And a rare dot ball in the death overs from Renuka also slipped past Richa Ghosh for four byes.

Heather Graham picked up a hat-trick, India v Australia, 5th T20I, Mumbai, December 20, 2022
Heather Graham picked up a hat-trick•BCCI
Graham, Gardner rattle India