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Australia put up a tough fight on the third day of the one-off Test against India

Australia put up a tough fight on the third day of the one-off Test against India

Australia put up a tough fight on the third day of the one-off Test against India

But on a slow pitch that wasn’t misbehaving, Australia ended the day at 231/5. Batting through 90 overs, extending their lead to 44, India still called the shots.

Australia put up a tough fight on the third day of the one-off Test against India

Australia put up a tough fight on the third day of the one-off Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai,

But India was still in a strong position at the stumps on Saturday (December 23). Australia took the early wickets to bowl India out for 406.

And then Tahlia McGrath put in a strong display with the bat, scoring 73 for 177.

India started the Day:

India started the day on 376/7 but could only add 30 runs to their overnight total as Annabel Sutherland and Kim Garth combined to limit the damage. The 122-run stand for the eighth wicket ended when Pooja Vastrakar fell to a short ball from Sutherland, three short of a half-century. Deepti Sharma, batting on 78, looked to play across the line off Garth but the ball went off the pads and onto the stumps. Renuka Singh also fell to a short ball from Sutherland as India’s first innings ended in 7.3 overs in the opening session.

Second Session:

Opening their second session with a deficit of 187 runs, Australia got off to a fast start thanks to Beth Mooney hitting regular boundaries while Phoebe Litchfield was a bit more alert at the other end. However, the opening stand ended just short of the half-century mark when Mooney was run out for 33, after defending the ball and leaving the crease where Richa Ghosh responded quickly. Lichfield fell soon after, bowled by Asnia Rana attempting a reverse sweep.


At 56/2, Australia was in trouble but Ellis Perry and McGrath combined to keep the Indian bowlers at bay for more than 25 overs. They added 84 runs for the third wicket, with Perry scoring 44 runs and McGrath scoring 38 runs. A few chances were wasted as well, as Richa dropped Perry at short leg and Rana missed a catch at slip to give McGrath a catch.  The partnership, though, came to an abrupt halt a few overs before tea as Perry was caught off Rana for 45. McGrath was unbeaten to the tee, four away from his second half-century of the game.

Australia’s No. 4:

Australia’s No. 4 continued her impressive batting form in the final session as she crossed the fifties and even successfully used DRS to overturn a few pre-leg decisions. Apart from the hat-trick of fours off Renuka Singh that put Australia in the lead, McGrath took pleasure in beating the Indian bowlers, as Alyssa Healy scored 66 for the fourth wicket, and Took about 30 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur ended the resistance as McGrath’s effort to defend resulted in the ball slowly falling to the stumps.

Australian captain:

Healy and Sutherland were also in no rush to score runs in their association, the Australian captain was also stopped twice in the 79th over, bowled by Rajeshwari Gyakwad, and Jemima Rodriguez was unable to hold on to tough chances at a silly point. stay India also appealed for obstruction when Hayley was defending herself from Harmanpreet’s throw, but the umpires ruled in favor of the Australian captain. Healy, however, fell soon after missing a sweep in front of the Indian skipper and burnt a revue in the process.

Sutherland and Ashley Gardner:

Sutherland and Ashley Gardner put on a 62-ball stand for their unbeaten 12-run stand, the second new ball being used for the last over and a half, taking Australia to stumps unscathed. But India still has a hand in the game and Australia will need their lower middle-order batsmen to take on the home side’s bowlers and set a tough target on a pitch that is expected to deteriorate.

Australia 219 and 233/5:

Brief scores: Australia 219 and 233/5 (Tahlia McGrath 73, Elise Perry 45; Harmanpreet Kaur 2-23, Asnia Rana 2-54) lead India 406 (Deepi Sharma 78, Smriti Mandhana 74; Ashley Gardner, Annabelle 01- 01) 2-41) by 46 runs.

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