Australia women 172 for 8 (Perry 75, Harris 41, Vaidya 2-22) Indian women 151 for 7 (Shafali 52, Harmanpreet 37, Brown 2-19, Gardner 2-21) by 21 runs
Deepti Sharma’s late hit gave India a glimmer of hope, but Nicola Carey and Megan Shutt ended the game coolly for Australia.
When India chose to bowl at the Brabourne Stadium, both Renuka Singh Thakur and Anjali swung with the new ball. Renuka made the first cut when she thumped Alyssa Healy’s front pad in the first over and when Anjali ran through the defense of new No.1 T20I batsman Tahlia McGrath, Australia’s score was 2 wickets in the second over. But it was 5.
Beth Mooney (30) fumbled briefly, but it was Parry who shot wide. Before Wednesday, Perry had not batted in a T20I for Australia since last October, missing out on selection in the shortest format during last summer’s Ashes and Commonwealth Games. However, Meg Lanning’s personal break and Rachel Hayes’ retirement paved the way for a return to T20Is. Perry’s batting was not needed in the first two T20Is, but when Australia really needed him in the third, he scored a 33-ball half-century.
Perry regularly traveled down the pitch to create scoring opportunities against India’s spinners. She was particularly fierce on Deepti and Radha Yadav, scoring a combined 32 off 16 balls. Perry worked beautifully with Harris in a 55-run fifth-wicket partnership that came off just 31 balls.
Harris’ knock could have been shortened to 10 if Shafali hadn’t swiped through his hands and to the long-on boundary in the 15th over. Harris hit midwicket and long-on boundaries before being dismissed in the 19th over. Perry’s wicket also added to Australia’s late slide, bringing India back into the contest.
Three days after India’s batsmen thrashed Australia in a Super Over thriller, they turned to the stragglers again. India lost both Smriti Mandhana (1 for 10) and Jemima Rodriguez (16 for 11) in the powerplay, and Shafali faced all 11 balls for 14 runs during this phase.
Shafali, though, broke free with a six off leg-spinner Alana King in the seventh over and went on to bring up a half-century. He put on a busy 73-run stand for the third wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur, but his dismissal spelled irreparable disaster. Brown and Gardner re-established Australia’s command as India lost 40 for 5. Perry also pitched with an over, costing just two runs, to help Australia seal the win he had set up.