Australia Women tour of India Women 2023: India women lost the ODI series 3-0 against the World champions Australia at home. Phoebe Litchfield from Australia was the difference maker with the bat throughout the series. The left hander notched up her maiden hundred on Indian soil in the 3rd ODI.
The Aussies set a mammoth total of 338 as a target, but the home team failed to chase and bundled out for 148. Aussies whitewashed the series against Indian women.
Healy won the toss and chose to bat first, It started with Aussies Openers Litchfield and Healy putting up a redefining opening stand of 189. A lucky breakthrough helps India to send Healy back to the hut and break the huge partnership as well. But the young star batter Phoebe, never turned back and went on to score her 2nd hundred. Both openers gave the start the team needed.
Healy praises her teammate, Phoebe Litchfield at 20 years of age what an unbelievable talent. 2 hundreds already makes for scary stats. She’s the self-proclaimed best fielder on the team, and today she proved why. For me, to watch her bat from the other end is truly special.
After sending back the Australian openers, Indian bowlers took the game back. Shreyanka Patil did an excellent job in her 2nd ODI game by picking three wickets in the middle. Including experienced players in the team, Elysse Perry and Beth Mooney. And Indian bowlers gave no time for the Australian batters to settle in the middle. Despite leaking runs to the tailenders, the Indians managed to restrict them to 338.
With huge total to chase, Indians never came into picture with loosing half the team below 100 run mark. In form Yastika Bhatia gave away her wicket cheaply to Meghan Schutt, where she went on to pick her opening partner as well. Alana King and Georgia Wareham joined the party, and picked two and three wickets each respectively in the middle.
India managed only 148 in the chase. Aussie fielders were exceptional in the field, making their fielding coach proud. Alana King, Litchfield, Mooney, and McGrath showcased their fielding skills. Litchfield took a blinder to dismiss Amanjot Kaur.
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Post Match Interview
Indian Captain Harmanpreet Kaur in post match conference, I think the ODI series didn’t go well, we tried our best. Some of them performed well and some of us need to think of how we can do better. When we are playing red ball, we have a lot of time to think and execute. But in white ball, you don’t have that kind of time. We are doing a lot of hardwork, but now we need to focus on T20s and take a few positives from this series.
Kaur further added, The youngsters Shreyanka and all have been chipping in and performing really well. That’s one of the positives. We always discuss about the Australian fielding, because skill wise we believe we are really close. Fielding is something that has been bothering us, and we need to think about that and do well in the future.
As the 190-run win completed a 3-0 series sweep for the visitors. A 9th consecutive ODI series win for Australia over India, the sign of sheer dominance.
Phoebe Litchfield Wins Player of the Series
In the post match Phoebe Litchfield said “It is a team effort, but pretty cool to get these awards. I think I’ve learnt from each innings. First 2 innings were a challenge, and I took notes from that and got a bit lucky today, but I believe I played well. It is about assessing conditions as early as possible, and just adapting to the turn. (On the catches) When it sticks, it looks pretty cool. I practice them in training, and it is also instinct at the end of the day. Winning all three ODIs is a great thing for our team, especially after losing the Test.