After a poor performance in the first T20 against Australia, the Indian bowlers once again failed to make an impact. Beth Mooney (82 not out off 54) and Tahlia McGrath (70 not out off 51) played a fine innings to take the visitors to 187/1 at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday.
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India were going in their mammoth chase of 188 reminiscence Chasing the target, played a stormy inning of 79 runs. Richa Ghosh Also did a late cameo of 26 not out off 13 balls.
India needed 14 runs in the last over bowled by Megan Schutt and Devika Vaidya hitting two fours to reach 187 for 5 and tie the game, forcing the game to go into a Super Over.
India were then set a target of 21 runs in the Super Over, which the Aussies failed to chase down as the hosts leveled the 5-match series at 1-1.
The home team added 20 runs in the Super Over bowled by Heather Graham, thanks to sixes and fours by Mandhana after Richa Ghosh made the maximum off the first ball.
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Renuka Thakur was able to defend that clan under extreme pressure after getting rid of alyssa healyHanding Australia their first defeat of the year.
The thrilling finish meant that the Indian women finally finished on the right side of the result in a tense finish. It was also the first time that India participated in a game that extended to a Super Over.
Earlier, chasing the target, Mandhana changed gears after the fall of Shafali, who was caught at extra cover by leg-spinner Alanna King.
Mandhana then shared a 61-run partnership with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who was struggling on a 22-ball 21.
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Mandhana’s offside play was watchable as always but she scored more runs in the mid-wicket region.
He dispatched a full toss from King over deep mid-wicket before sweeping the slog for a boundary to bring up his half-century. His brilliant innings brought down the equation to 55 runs off the last 30 balls.
In the 17th over, Mandhana fell to an avoidable shot after hitting Sutherland for a straight six. When she was executing her stroke perfectly in front of the wicket, she went across the stumps to paddle stroke and upset her stumps.
Richa Ghosh came in and stunned the opposition with a flurry of three sixes and brought the equation to 18 runs off 12 balls.
After inviting Australia to bat in view of the dew, the Indian bowlers could not put any pressure on the visiting team.
McGrath and opener Mooney put on an entertaining 158 off 99 balls for their second consecutive 100-plus stand. It was the highest ever partnership for any wicket in T20s for Australia.
Like the series opener, the hosts managed just one wicket in the innings.
Alyssa Healy (25 off 15) was the only batsman to be dismissed when she was caught at backward point by off-spinner Deepti Sharma.
McGrath and Mooney got all the other bowlers clean bowled except Deepti.
Left-handed batsman Mooney hit 13 fours while McGrath hit 10 fours and a six. While Mooney was more traditional in making his strokes, McGrath made good use of the long handle.
He hit boundaries at will, which made the Indian attack look spotless.
Australia captain Healy looked in menacing form before being dismissed down the order of the game.
Australia won the first T20 International by nine wickets on Friday.
(With PTI inputs)