The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have recorded a 3-0 series whitewash after claiming a five-wicket win in the third and final ODI against India.
An unbeaten 90 from Jess Cameron helped the Australian side to a comfortable victory, with 86 balls remaining.
Julie Hunter (2-28) opened the bowling and wasted no time in dismissing Sulakshana Naik (4) with the second ball of the match. It was only a matter of nine overs until Hunter claimed her next victim, Poonam Raut (6), who was caught by Alyssa Healy.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars bowlers worked hard to restrict India’s score. Ellyse Perry (2-32) claimed two wickets and contributed to Anjum Chopra’s (31) run out with a strong throw into captain Jodie Fields for the stumping.
Middle-order batsman Harmanpreet Kaur (63) showed some resilience and provided some spark for India, before being caught by Cameron off the bowling of Lisa Sthalekar (1-32) in the 38th over. Jess Jonassen (2-14) and Erin Osborne (1-40) cleaned up the tail-end, with India finishing 9-175 after their 50 overs.
Healy (6) was brought in today for her first match of the tour and opened the batting with Rachael Haynes (42). Healy lost her wicket in the 4th over to Sharma Subhalaxmi (2-41), who was India’s only multiple wicket-taker.
Meg Lanning (11) looked good early in her stint at the crease but failed to reach the same heights as her 128 in the second ODI. Haynes proved the main-stayer of the innings and batted through until the 20th over, sharing the pitch with a number of her teammates.
Cameron (90*) checked into the game and wasted no time acquainting herself with the boundary. She and Haynes built a partnership of 67 before Haynes was caught out. Cameron’s big hitting carried over from the second ODI as she powered Australia to 178 with five wickets in hand, individually contributing eight fours and four sixes to reach her highest ever ODI total.
For India Nooshin Al Khadeer claimed her 100th ODI wicket, a timely accomplishment having announced that she would retire at the end of the ODI series.
After the match standout batsman Cameron said she was happy with her individual but paid tribute to the team’s performance.
“I’m very happy with it. Obviously winning and making runs at the same is really good but it was just pleasing to get another win on the board and go three-nil up,” Cameron said.
Cameron said the team were confident heading into the T20 games in Vizag and said they’d continue to adopt the same game plan.
“Not too much will change in the T20, obviously it’s a shortened match and you’re still trying to get the same amount of runs so not too much will change, I guess we’ll just have to stay positive and aggressive and the runs and wickets will come,” Cameron said.
The team will travel to Vizag tomorrow where they will play five T20 matches to complete the tour.
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First Posted 16 March, 2012 10:30PM AEST