Phoebe Litchfield’s hundred secures Australia’s clean sweep in the 3-0 ODI series against India.

Phoebe Litchfield’s career-best century propelled Australia to a convincing 190-run victory over India in the third women’s ODI in Mumbai, completing a clean sweep of the series.

Litchfield, who scored 119 runs, and captain Alyssa Healy (82) guided Australia to their highest total against India, amassing 338 runs for the loss of seven wickets. In response, the Indian team crumbled and could only manage 148 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).

Litchfield, who was named the player of the match and the series after a remarkable performance of 260 runs at an average of 86.67, not only excelled with her batting but also took an incredible catch at cover by diving full-stretch to intercept Amanjot Kaur’s powerful shot. Litchfield and Healy dominated from the start, putting together a partnership of 189 runs off 179 balls, which is the highest opening stand against India.

“I gained valuable experience from each innings,” said the 20-year-old Litchfield. “The first innings [game one] was challenging, and the second was even more so. Although I had some luck in all three innings, it was satisfying to reach a century.”

Trailing 2-0 in the series, India had a monumental task of completing the highest run chase in the history of women’s ODIs to salvage a consolation win. However, a regular fall of wickets extinguished any hopes they had. The bowling honors were shared among five Australian bowlers: Georgia Wareham (three wickets for 21 runs), Annabel Sutherland (two for nine), Alana King (two for 21), Megan Schutt (two for 23), and Ashleigh Gardner (one for 38).

Schutt dismissed openers Yastika Bhatia (nine) and Smriti Mandhana (29) during the power play, and leg-spinner Wareham took the wicket of out-of-form Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur (3) with her first delivery, followed by Richa Ghosh (19). King grabbed a sharp catch to remove Jemimah Rodrigues (25) and then bowled Pooja Vastrakar (14) with a ripping leg break. Tahlia McGrath also took a remarkable one-handed catch, similar to Litchfield’s catch, to dismiss Shreyanka Patil, while another impressive catch from Beth Mooney at slip completed India’s collapse.

Litchfield played an exceptional innings, showcasing a variety of shots, including deft scoops and reverse sweeps, along with authoritative shots down the ground. Healy, on the other hand, overcame her recent poor form by scoring her first ODI half-century since her famous 170 against England in the 2022 World Cup final. However, her dismissal, playing onto her stumps off Pooja Vastrakar’s bowling, triggered a mini-collapse, with Australia losing four quick wickets for 27 runs.

After spending 23 balls dealing in singles while in the 90s, Litchfield finally reached her second career century and raised her career ODI average above 60 before getting dismissed, miscuing a shot to Harmanpreet off Amanjot’s bowling. Tail-ender King finished the innings with a bang, hitting three sixes in her unbeaten 26 off 14 balls, adding to India’s dejected state. This victory extends Australia’s incredible record of winning all nine bilateral ODI series against India, with this being their sixth series sweep.

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