India eves win 7th ODI; Aussies win series

Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Indian women produced a outstanding performance with the ball to upstage world champions Australia by 88 runs in the seventh and the final One dayer at the Mayajaal sports village on the outskirts of Chennai, here today.

Indian eves bowlers turned in a splendid effort to pack off the visitors for a measly 77 in 36.4 overs. Medium-pacer Amita Sharma was the wrecker-in chief, snaffling a fine 3 for 21. Offie Nooshin-al-khadeer lent admiral support to Shamra, grabbing figures of 3 for 14.

Australia started their innings on a disastrous note, losing a heap of wickets early on in their innings. Julie Hayes was the only Aussie batswoman to offer stiff resistance, scoring a dogged 22 off 53 balls.

Only skipper Belinda Clark (12) and Clea Smith (11) managed to reach double figures.

Earlier, Australia eves restricted India to a modest 165 for nine in their allotted fifty overs in the seventh and final One-day international at the Mayajaal Champ Sports Village grounds on the outskirts of Chennai here today.

The Indian opening pair of Anju Jain and Monica Sumra gave the hosts a steady start countering the Aussie attack with great deal of confidence. They raised a 74-run stand before Sumra was run out for a well-compiled 25.

Sumra's knock of 26 came off 53 deliveries.

The fall of Sumra's wicket triggered a collapse as the Indain eves kept losing wickets with increasing regularity.

The Australians, who toiled hard to break the opening partnership, were soon confidence personified.

They pegged away to a tight line and offered very few loose balls on offer. Stand-in skipper Mithali Raj, leading the side for the third time in the series in place of Mamtha Maben, fell cheaply after being run out following a misunderstanding with Anju Jain.

Seasoned southpaw Anjum Chopra fared little better as he was dislodged for a duck. Anju Jain went on to hold her own at one end and top-scored with a determined 39 off 75 balls.

Middle-order bat Hemalata Kala, who struck two big sixes in the 6th ODI while scoring an enterprising 41, once came good when it mattered.

Kala, resurrected the innings as she not only accumulated the runs, mixing caution with aggression and ensured the lower-order did not fold up without playing out the entire quota of fifty overs.

Kala struck a well constructed 33 off 73 deliveries.

Kala found a willing partner in Amita Sharma as the pair set about the task of lending stability to the Indian innings.

Sharma weighed in with a handy 20 off 37 deliveries.

Catheryn Fitzpatrick was the pick of the Australian bowlers, snapping up impressive figures of 4 for 27 off her stipulated ten overs, while Lisa Sthalekar finished with two for 27.

With this win, India have ended the series on a winning note. The Aussies eves, who had reduced the last two matches of only academic interest, had to be content with pocketing the seven-match series at 4-3.

For India, the result couldn't have been more heartening. This was India's last international engagement and the result should stand India in good stead for the 2005 World Cup in South Africa next April.

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