India lost despite Smriti Mandhana’s brilliant 66 off 37 balls. The final of the T20I series between India and Australia was won by the hosts by 11 runs. Apart from India and Australia, the third country in this tri-series was England.
What happened in the final match:
Australia batted first in this match played in Melbourne. He scored 155 runs with the help of batsman Beth Mooney’s 71 runs. India had a target of 156 runs. But while chasing the target, Shefali Verma was out for just 11 runs. After this, Smriti Mandhana held one end and made Australia in trouble. Smriti remained frozen at one end and shared a 43-run partnership for the second wicket with Richa Ghosh. After that Smriti took the team beyond 100 runs with captain Harmanpreet, and also made a significant partnership of 50 runs here.
After this, Team India lost:
The Indian team was one-sided in the match till the 15th over of the innings. India needed 41 runs from 35 balls to win by 14.1 overs. While there were seven wickets left. But the real turning point of the match came here. On the second ball of the over, Carrie caught a brilliant catch of Smriti (66 runs) on the boundary and Team India had a difficult time. Smriti also made 12 boundaries in his innings.
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After this, Captain Harmanpreet Kaur (14 runs) was also dismissed in the very next over. After them, India lost the wickets of Arundhati (0), Shikha Pandey (4), Radha Yadav (2) and the rest of the batsmen one after the other. Finally in the last over, the Indian team was all out on a score of 144 runs 11 runs before the target.
Smriti’s strong batting in the entire series:
Smriti was in excellent form throughout this series, scoring the highest 216 runs in this series. Smriti averaged 43 in the five matches played in this series. In this, he also scored two half-centuries. Actually, it is more fun to bat Smriti against Australia. His batting average is 26. But whenever she starts playing against Australia, her average gets around 46.75.