Australia seal victory in thrilling fashion as India’s pursuit of victory falls narrowly short

Australia secured a thrilling three-run victory over India in the second women’s one-day international in Mumbai, thanks to Deepti Sharma’s historic five-wicket haul and Richa Ghosh’s superb batting performance. Despite India’s fielding errors that allowed Australia to reach a total of 258, the hosts appeared to be on course for victory before stumbling towards the end and finishing on 255. With this win, Australia maintains their unbeaten record in bilateral women’s ODI series against India, leading 2-0 in the three-match rubber. Annabel Sutherland’s impressive spell at the death, claiming crucial wickets including that of Ghosh when India were cruising at 4-218, played a significant role in Australia’s triumph. Despite dropping multiple catches, Australia managed to restrict India’s chase with tight bowling in the final overs. Sutherland and Ash Gardner’s economical spells in the 48th and 49th overs respectively ultimately proved decisive. Debutant Shreyanka Patil’s last-ball four was in vain as India fell short. Player-of-the-match Sutherland acknowledged the team’s composure in a tense situation and expressed gratitude for captain Alyssa Healy’s faith in her abilities. Mandhana’s classy 34 and Rodrigues’ solid 44 provided a strong foundation for India, but Ghosh’s departure dashed their hopes of leveling the series. Earlier, Sharma’s exceptional performance, taking 5-38, dismantled Australia’s batting lineup from 1-117 to 8-219. However, King’s crucial unbeaten 28, combined with India’s poor fielding, boosted Australia’s final total. Litchfield capitalized on the dropped catches by scoring 63 runs and forming a 77-run partnership with Perry. Sharma’s five-wicket haul included the dismissals of Mooney, McGrath, Wareham, and Sutherland. Despite surviving an early lbw appeal and a dropped catch, King made a significant contribution to Australia’s batting effort. The one-day series will conclude with the final match in Mumbai on Tuesday, followed by a three-game T20 series.

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