India Women produced a phenomenal display of all-round cricket to end Australia‘s record 26-match unbeaten streak with a two-wicket win in the third and final ODI at Harrup Park in Mackay on Sunday.
The Mithali Raj-led side chased down the target of 265 and registered their highest-ever successful run-chase in ODI history. The Aussies, who lost their last 50-over fixture back in 2017, clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1.
Top-order batters Shafali Verma (56 off 91 balls) and Yastika Bhatia (64 off 69 balls) played crucial knocks in India’s epic chase. Deepti Sharma (31 off 30 balls) and Sneh Rana (30 off 27 balls) also chipped in with valuable contributions down the order to take their side close to the finish line.
However, it was senior player Jhulan Goswami who scored the winning runs with a lofted drive straight down the ground for a boundary in the final over of the match.
Earlier, Australia posted 264/9 on the board in their allotted 50 overs. The hosts were struggling at one stage after being reduced to 87/4, but Beth Mooney came for the rescue, scoring 64-ball 52 to steady the ship.
Ashleigh Gardner (67 off 62) and Tahlia McGrath (47 off 32) also made vital contributions to take their team to a respectable total.
For India, Goswami, who hit the winning runs during the chase, picked up three wickets for 37 in her quota of 10 overs. Apart from Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar also bagged a three-wicket haul for 46 runs in nine overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 26, 2021
They've done it! What a win for India! The streak is broken! #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) September 26, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 26, 2021
— Mel Jones (@meljones_33) September 26, 2021
Jhulan Gos-winny, more like. The hero we need. Amen. #AUSvIND
— Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) September 26, 2021
Wow! What an amazingly entertaining ODI series 😅🙌🏼 cracking contest between the two sides 🥊 can’t wait to see what the Day/Night test will bring 🇦🇺 v 🇮🇳 #AUSvsIND
— Megan Schutt (@megan_schutt) September 26, 2021
We have been treated to a wonderful first part of the series, between two great teams. 🇮🇳 fighting hard, with 🇦🇺 dropping like flies 🪰 in that match. Now for the Pink ball test match that begins on Thursday. Recovery for both teams will be important. Boy I LOVE cricket!!
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) September 26, 2021
What a game! Well done India. Was so near and yet so far last time and they bridged the gap today. So many contributions but good to see Jhulan there at the end.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 26, 2021
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) September 26, 2021
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) September 26, 2021
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 26, 2021
India end Australia's unbeaten streak with a thrilling last-over win in the third ODI! 🔥
— ICC (@ICC) September 26, 2021
India has done it! They've broken Australia's mammoth 26 ODI winning streak in an absolute thriller. Absolute scenes. #AUSvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 26, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) September 26, 2021
Jhulaaaannnn finishes things off in style.. a magnificent shot down the ground, India breaks Australia's streak.. Party beings in the dressing room. #AUSvIND
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 26, 2021