Jonassen, Mooney help Australia win women’s T20I tri-series
MELBOURNE: With the women’s Twenty20 World Cup nine days away, Australia has ground out an 11-run win against India in their tri-series final.
Never convincing during the entire tournament, Australia did enough in Wednesday’s decider to bowl the aggressive Indian batters out for 144.
The tourists appeared to be on track for their second win against Australia in four days as opener Smriti Mandhana belted 66 from 37 balls at Melbourne’s Junction Oval.
But the turning point came when Nicola Carey hung onto a tough catch near the boundary to dismiss the lethal Mandhana - one delivery after the Australian fumbled a ball that went past her for four.
Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen produced career-best figures of 5-12 to run through India’s middle-order, stepping up as superstar Ellyse Perry had a rare quiet day.
Jonassen’s haul was the second-best by an Australian in W20Is, behind Molly Strano’s 5-10 against New Zealand in 2017.
Three-time Belinda Clark Award winner Perry struggled with the bat as well, out for one as she was dismissed for the fifth time in the series.
In 17 previous WT20I innings, spanning more than two years, the allrounder had fallen just five times. - Agencies