Team India’s bowlers were named on the third day of the only pink ball test match being played between India and Australia. Jhulan Goswami and Pooja Vastrakar gave the start to the Kangaroo team and by the end of the day’s play, Australia scored 143 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Jhulan and Pooja took two wickets each. Earlier, the Indian team declared its innings by scoring 377 runs for 8 wickets. There is only one day’s play left in this match and this Test match has progressed towards a draw.
Australia got the first blow in the form of Beth Mooney, who was bowled by Goswami. But Alyssa Healy (29) and captain Lanning took the innings ahead with some catchy shots. However, shortly before the tea break, Goswami gave another blow to the hosts with his superb bowling. The 38-year-old Indian fast bowler’s ball, kissing Alyssa Healy’s bat, fell into the hands of wicketkeeper Tania Bhatia. Tahlia McGrath (28) played high on a short ball from Vastrakar, which went straight into the hands of Smriti Mandhana on point, making the hosts 119 for four. Goswami was then put on the bowling and put two slips for him, but Ellyse Perry and Ashley Gardner held on till the stumps. Perry is playing on 27 and Gardner is scoring 13 runs.
Earlier, Deepti Sharma scored 66 runs for India and was the second best scorer for the team. On Friday, opener Smriti Mandhana scored her maiden century in this format of the game. India had scored 359 for seven till dinner. The team started the game with a score of 276 for five at the Carrara Oval. The game ended early on the second day due to rain and thunder, leading to a long opening session of the third day as India scored 83 runs and lost the wickets of Tania Bhatia and Vastrakar. Tania scored 22 runs in 75 balls while Vastrakar could only manage 13 runs. The dismissal of Tania marked the end of a 45-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Deepti and them. The Indian team scored at a slow pace instead of accumulating fast, which made it seem that both the teams would like to be satisfied with the draw rather than the result as the match got spoiled due to bad weather. Tania and Deepti batted for more than 28 overs for this 45-run partnership. Stella Campbell took the wicket of Tania, which was also her first Test wicket. This catch was caught by Alyssa Healy behind the wicket.
Although the Indian team did not lose many wickets, the batsmen did not take advantage of the loose balls on the flat looking pitch. Deepti started the day on 12 runs as she completed her second Test half-century off 148 balls with the help of five fours. Ellyse Perry gave the team another blow in the form of a costumer who was caught by Beth Mooney in the street. It was Perry’s 300th international wicket. Perry is the only female cricketer to have 5000 international runs and 300 wickets to her name. With this, Deepti crossed her previous best score of 54 runs in Tests. By the dinner break, Deepti Sharma had scored 58 runs. But after dinner, she could only add eight runs to her innings that Campbell made her second victim by lbw. Goswami (07 not out) and Meghna Singh (02) were at the crease and India decided to declare the first innings.