Australia’s one-off test against India ends in a draw as tourists fail to force the result | Cricket News

Tie agreed with Australia 36-2 in second innings behind a nominal 272 off 32 overs; India declares at 135-3 in second innings in last session; Ellyse Perry hits fourth consecutive Test fifty in Aussies first-innings 241-9; Australia leads series 6-4 in multiple formats for three T20s

Last updated: 03/10/21 13:39

Ellyse Perry becomes the first Australian woman to score four consecutive Test fifties

India Women’s belated attempt to force a result in their one-off Test against Australia came to nothing as the match in Carrara ended in a draw.

After limiting Australia to 241-9 for a 136 lead in the first innings, the tourists seemed happily content with some of the points as they went into the final session the second time they asked.

But at 135-3, captain Mithali Raj called in her batters, giving Australia a nominal goal of 272 and giving her bowlers 32 overs to take 10 home wickets under relief.

Despite two early breakouts, neither outcome ever seemed quite likely, and after 15 overs with the Aussies 36-2, a halt was made.

The draw – and two points each – means Australia leads the multi-format series 6-4 after winning two of the three one-day internationals, with T20 internationals on October 7, 9 and 10, also on the Gold Coast.

A stalemate always seemed the most likely outcome heading into the final day of the day-night game, although when Australia resumed at 143-4, it took 85 runs to pass the sequel.

There were some nerves as they approached that point, and from 208-4 went down five wickets for 32 runs, but an 89 partnership between Ashleigh Gardner and the record-breaking Ellyse Perry had finally brought them close enough.

Perry, who got two lives towards the end of the innings and previously survived a promising leg-before scream, became the first Australian woman to reach four consecutive Test fifties when she went unbeaten at 68, while there was a first half-century in the format for Gardner (51). She too had a significant reprieve – dropped by Pooja Vastrakar from Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s bowling after she made 20.

Gardner picked midway shortly after hitting her milestone, ending a nervous spell for the home side only when teenage No. 10 Darcie Brown covered four to take Australia past the 227 follow-on.

Meg Lanning declared shortly afterwards, and a second statement would follow seven overs in the final session after Shafali Verma (52) continued her fine introduction to test cricket with a third fifty in four innings.

Punam Raut’s solid undefeated 41 took on India after Verma became Georgia Wareham’s first Test casualty, giving the visiting bowlers a chance to take a notable win.

They were good for Aussie openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney within 10 overs, but with the indomitable Perry back in the fold alongside Lanning, the drink break was the sign for both skippers to admit the inevitable.

Smriti Mandhana, whose century helped India to score 377-8 in its first innings, was named player of the match.

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