The 2nd ODI between the Indian women’s cricket team and the Australian cricket team saw one of the most dramatic turnarounds in cricket history on the final delivery. The Indian opener Smriti Mandhana displayed a fine batting effort of 86 runs in 94 balls which included 11 fours to take India to 274 for 7. Mandhana was supported well by the wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh who walked onto the field at number 5 to score 44 off 50 balls. The fall of the two batters saw a flurry from Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami towards the end of the first innings.
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The second innings saw the Australians slightly struggle against eh bowlers to get the required runs on the board. Australia’s opened Beth Mooney stuck around till the end and was supported for a brief period by Tahlia McGrath who scored 74 off 77 balls. Out came Nicola Carey in the 39th over to keep their hopes alive. Carey did her bit to help put runs on the board for the Aussies while taking some burden off Mooney. The game went down to the final over.
Indian team veteran Jhulan Goswami was tasked to bowl the final over of the second innings where the Aussies needed 13 runs to claim victory. Beth Mooney played a brilliant knock of 122 runs in 131 balls heading into the final over. The first ball of the final-over saw an over through by the Indian side to gift the Australians a run extra which made it 3 runs of the first ball. The pressure got to Goswami as her delivery clattered straight onto the helmet of Carey. The Indians conceded a run in the free hit ball. With the final ball to be bowled, Australia need 3 to win as Goswami bowled another full toss to Carey which ended up being caught at mid-wicket. India’s celebrations were cut short as the umpire signed for another above the waist no-ball. The Aussies sealed the win after running the required 2 runs on the final ball to win the second ODI.