Indian eves beats Australian eves for third place
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Scorecard:Australia Women v India Women
Player:LC Sthalekar, KL Rolton, J Goswami, R Dhar
Event:ICC Women's World Cup 2008/09

DateLine: 21st March 2009


India beat Australia for the second time in the tournament to take third place and relegate the highly-fancied hosts to a disappointing fourth. Australia struggled to 142 in their first innings at Bankstown Oval, but fought back to have India 7 for 104 before failing to shut down the innings. Skipper Jhulan Goswami and Rumeli Dhar showed no nerves in the tense finish to register the success with 13 balls to spare. They needed 16 from the final four overs in the batting Powerplay and made it with Goswami's boundary to midwicket off Ellyse Perry. Goswami finished with 18 while Dhar collected 24 off 27 deliveries.


Australia struck twice through Erin Osborne, who bowled the opener Anjum Chopra for 15 and then trapped Anagha Deshpande for 18, but India kept moving forward and were cruising at 2 for 72. However, Lisa Sthalekar (3 for 27) stepped in to have Mithali Raj (15) stumped and quickly picked up another key breakthrough when Sulakshana Naik was caught slogging to deep midwicket on 28.


More trouble came as Sthalekar removed Thirush Kamini caught behind, and Perry chipped in with two wickets before the stunning Goswami-Dhar revival. India were responsible for knocking Australia out of contention for the World Cup final with their victory in the Super Six stage last Saturday and the repeat performance ensured they ended the event on a high.


Australia struggled for most of the match and started poorly, dropping to 2 for 8 after losing both openers. Their innings was interrupted in the 14th over by a lengthy rain delay that chopped the match to 46 overs a side and they lost key wickets after the break. Alex Blackwell (19), Jodie Fields (6) and Jess Cameron (7) departed in quick time as Australia slumped to 5 for 63 before a couple of senior players mounted a rescue.


Karen Rolton and Sthalekar dragged Australia ahead with a 60-run stand, with Rolton striking 52 from 93 balls and Sthalekar picking up 30. The slow outfield contributed to Rolton finding only one four, but she did clear the boundary with a drive to long-on off Gouher Sultana.


Australia's hopes lifted while the pair was at the crease, but they both fell in the same over from Priyanka Roy and could not recover. Rolton hit to midwicket before Sthalekar was caught behind and Perry was soon run-out for 2.


The innings ended when Goswami, who started the day by bowling Leah Poulton with the fourth ball, hit the off stump of Rene Farrell (9) with Australia eight balls short of their allotted overs. Goswami returned 2 for 21 off 9.4 overs while Dhar, Sultana and Roy also collected two victims each.