Ellyse Perry hits a magnificent six to bring the T20 series against India to a tie in Australia’s 300th match.

With a powerful shot over midwicket for a maximum, Ellyse Perry equalized Australia’s Twenty20 series with India, highlighting her enduring and evolving excellence, and celebrated her 300th appearance for the national team.
The 33-year-old was the highest scorer in Australia’s comfortable six-wicket victory as they successfully chased down India’s total of 130 runs with an over to spare.
This leveled the T20 series, with one final match left to be played on Tuesday following India’s nine-wicket victory in the opening match.
Perry remained not out on 32 runs off 21 deliveries, hitting two sixes and three fours. Her partnership with Phoebe Litchfield (18 runs off 12 balls) for the fifth wicket ensured Australia’s victory after a strong performance in the field laid the foundation.
Aware of the potential impact of dew on the bowling conditions in the second innings at Dr DY Patil ground in Navi Mumbai on Sunday, Alyssa Healy elected to field after winning the toss.
The Indian team could only manage a total of 130 runs in their 20 overs with Deepti Sharma (run out on the last ball) being the only player to score more than 23 runs. The Indian side struggled to build partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals.
Georgia Wareham and Annabel Sutherland were the standout bowlers for the Australian team, both taking two wickets each for 18 and 17 runs respectively in their four overs.
“It’s great to secure the win,” Perry expressed. “A solid comeback for us after our previous match. The bowling effort in the first innings was exceptional. Kim [Garth] was outstanding upfront. Early wickets are crucial in the power play. It was a challenging chase, but a pleasing finish.”
Australia made changes to their lineup by bringing in Kim Garth to replace Darcie Brown, who had a difficult start in the first match. The decision paid off immediately as Garth (two for 27) dismissed Shafali Verma, who scored an unbeaten 64 in the previous game, early in the innings and later removed Jeminah Rodrigues for 13.
Despite conceding a six in her third over, Garth made amends by taking the important wicket of Smriti Mandhana, who was caught by Perry at deep midwicket off Sutherland’s bowling, after scoring 23 runs.
Australia continued to take crucial wickets at strategic moments. Alyssa Healy’s successful DRS reviews resulted in lbw decisions for Georgia Wareham, while Amanjot Kaur was deceived by a slower ball from Annabel Sutherland.
The only blemish on Australia’s performance was Garth dropping a catch in the last over, denying Megan Schutt (no wicket for 29 runs) the opportunity to become the highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals. She remains tied with Pakistan’s Nida Dar.
In response, Australia started strongly, reaching 51 runs without loss in the first seven overs. However, Alyssa Healy was caught at deep mid-on after scoring 26 runs off 21 balls, followed by Beth Mooney being stumped by Sharma for 20 runs off 29 balls.
Tahlia McGrath (19 runs off 21 balls) and Ashleigh Gardner (7 runs) also fell quickly, bringing some hope for India with Australia at four for 99, requiring 34 runs off 26 balls. However, Ellyse Perry extinguished that hope with her composed batting display.

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