IND vs AUS 4th T20I Match Report: India has so far won only 1 match in the five-match series, while Australia has won 3 matches.
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World champion Australia has captured the five-match T20 series against India inside the fourth match. In the fourth match of the series, despite the best effort of Team India’s middle order, Australia won by a close margin of just 7 runs. With this, Australia has gone ahead of the series 3-1 and has captured the trophy. Team India Young wicket-keeper batsman Richa Ghosh played a blistering innings, but the target of 189 runs from Australia proved to be a bit big. For Australia, two veteran all-rounders, Ellyse Perry and Ashley Gardner, proved to be the stars of victory.
A win in this match was necessary for the Indian team, which was already trailing 1-2 in the series, but it was not an easy target in front of it. He needed a fast and big start from his openers. Smriti Mandhana (16) and Shefali Verma (20) started with pace but lost their wickets in quick succession. Both the batsmen had returned to the pavilion for 43 runs in the sixth over. For Jemima Rodríguez (6), it also proved to be bad like the previous matches.
Break on Harmanpreet’s speed
In such a situation, everything depended on captain Harmanpreet Kaur (46 runs, 30 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) and the rest of the middle order batsmen. After a slow start, Harman increased the pace and added 71 runs with Devika Vaidya. When it seemed that both would bring the team on the winning track, captain Kaur fell victim to leg-spinner Elana King (2/23). At that time India needed 68 runs in 33 balls.
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Richa’s storm also did not work
The target was becoming difficult but 19-year-old Richa Ghosh (40 not out, 19 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) was determined to do something. Richa, who has been batting consistently well in the series, attacked as soon as she arrived and thrashed the Australian bowlers. On the first three balls of the 19th over, Richa hit 6, 6 and 4 consecutively. 18 runs came from the over and 20 runs were needed in the last over. This proved too much for India. Deepti Sharma hit 2 fours and the team could score only 13 runs. Ashley Gardner (2/20) was the most successful from Australia.
parry and gardner planted flags
Before doing wonders in bowling, Gardner fired his bat as usual. Famous for hitting big shots, Gardner (42 runs, 27 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) landed at number four and took his team stuck in trouble to a big score. This work was done with him by veteran all-rounder Alice Parry, who has returned to good form after returning from injury.
Australia were in no good shape due to the early dismissals of Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath, while captain Alyssa Healy retired hurt. At the time of McGrath’s dismissal on the fifth ball of the seventh over, the score was only 46 runs. Then Parry, who came to the crease, made his intentions clear by sending the very first ball for a six.
By the 11th over, Parry and Gardner took the team to 73 and felt that a big score would not be made, but the storm came from here. Both thrashed every Indian bowler fiercely and added 115 runs for Australia in the last 9 overs. Parry scored his third half-century against India. She remained unbeaten after scoring 72 runs (42 balls, 7 fours, 4 sixes). Apart from these two, Grace Harris (27 not out, 12 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) also played a blistering inning. Deepti Sharma (2/35) was the most successful for India.