Friday, 23 March 2012

India Embarrassed Again

Julie Hunter 4-15
The Australian Women's team again restricted India to under 100 and won by ten wickets in the 4th T20 international at Visakhapatnam. Julie Hunter took starred with the ball and along with Sharon Millanta, gave the top order Indians batting indigestion, reducing them to 3-5 after just eleven deliveries. As has been the case on this tour, the Australian bowlers strangled the Indian, as only Harmanpreet Kaur seemed capable of getting the ball off the square.

It was the complete reverse for the Australians, with the target reached in just the 13th over. Alyssa Healy followed up her 90 in the 3rd T20 with another half century as both she and Meg Lanning remained not out in the ten wicket victory. The Australians are unbeaten in the eight matches of the tour to date and are likely to finish that way with the final match to be played at the same venue today.

Alyssa Healy 54x
It has been a dominant tour by the Aussies, with both bat and ball. Meg Lanning is closing in on 400 runs for the tour at an average close to 54, despite only one score over fifty - her 128 in the second ODI at Mumbai being the only century by the tourists. Not only has she been prolific but her 376 runs have been scored at better than a run a ball, always getting the Australians away to a swift start. Jess Cameron has average 90 scoring 270 runs. Rachael Haynes made her 179 runs in the ODIs and Healy has chimed in with rapid runs in the T20s. Of a strong bowling attack, Ellyse Perry with 14 wickets at 11 and Hunter 11 at 16 and the two bowlers with more than ten wickets, but all of the bowlers have proven too strong for the Indian players.

Its hard to find negatives on such a successful tour but the form of Alex Blackwell with the bat - despite her resounding 81 in an earlier game - has been of concern. Its not easy batting in the middle order when the top three are scoring heavily and leaving little time for batsmanship and perhaps this is a reasonable excuse. The other Aussie whose light has dimmed a little on this tour has been Erin Osbourne. Her line has been tight but given plenty of opportunities, her 3 wickets at 49 are well short of her best.

As with the men, the hosts have a strange idea of the term "tour". All five of the T20s of this tour have been played at the same venue.