Australia take a slim advantage to give themselves a viable opportunity in the Mumbai Test.

India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s exceptional bowling performance puts her team in a strong position to achieve their first-ever Test victory over Australia at the end of day three at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
On Saturday, Australia fought their way to a score of 5-233, holding a fragile 46-run lead with one day remaining in this first Test encounter between the two nations in India since 1984.
Tahlia McGrath played a vital role in Australia’s second innings, scoring an impressive 73 runs and forming significant partnerships with Ellyse Perry (45) and captain Alyssa Healy (32). However, Harmanpreet’s two wickets in the final session turned the tide in India’s favor.
Although Australia’s coach Shelley Nitschke acknowledged the team’s deficit, she praised McGrath’s outstanding performances in both innings. Nitschke also acknowledged the challenge of batting in India’s home conditions and stressed the importance of putting a challenging target on the board.
Unfortunately for Australia, Perry’s promising innings was cut short when she feathered an off-spin delivery from Snesh Rana to wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia just before tea. McGrath, now the vice-captain, showcased her consistency by scoring another half-century in a more controlled manner in the second innings.
McGrath had a stroke of luck, surviving two leg-before-wicket decisions that were overturned through the review system. However, her luck ran out as Harmanpreet dismissed her with an inside edge onto the stumps in the next over.
Healy, leading as captain for the first time, balanced aggression with caution. She briefly clashed with Harmanpreet when she charged down the pitch and Harmanpreet aggressively threw the ball back at her. Healy defended herself with her bat, inadvertently sending the ball to the boundary. Harmanpreet appealed for obstructing the field, but the umpires awarded Healy four runs instead. However, Healy’s luck was short-lived as she was given out lbw on the next ball after missing a sweep shot.
Annabel Sutherland (12 not out) survived two strong lbw appeals before scoring runs. She was lucky to survive an lbw decision as India chose not to review, and later had it overturned. Sutherland will resume her innings on day four alongside Ash Gardner (seven).
Additionally, Australia lost both their openers in careless fashion before McGrath and Perry’s partnership. Beth Mooney was run out while not paying attention outside her crease, and Phoebe Litchfield was bowled attempting a reverse-sweep against Rana.
Earlier in the day, Australia finally broke India’s frustrating 122-run partnership for the eighth wicket, the highest ever for India in Tests, between Deepti Sharma (78) and Pooja Vastrakar (47). India posted a total of 406 runs, their highest against Australia.

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