Mithali Raj steers Indian eves to consolation ODI win over Aussies

Hobart, Feb. 07 (ANI): Captain Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana struck half-centuries as the Indian women cricket team claimed a five-wicket consolation win over Australia in the third and final one-day international at Hobart on Sunday.

Indian eves chased down Australia’s 231 for seven in the 47th over, with Raj remaining the top scorer for her side with a composed 89-run knock.

Mandhana, who scored her maiden ODI century in the previous game, laid foundation by scoring 55 before Raj consolidated the innings. The tourists lost five wickets in their victorious chase as Poonam Raut and Jhulan Goswami remained unbeaten to help their team cross the victory margin.

Earlier, Indian bowlers produced a disciplined performance to prevent the hosts from posting a massive target with medium pacer Shikha Pandey scalping three wickets and one run-out.

After losing the series 2-1 against Australia, India will now take on Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series in Ranchi this month. (ANI)

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