We have been spoiled by consecutive final over finishes. The first went Australia’s way, narrowly, the second to India in a display of great resilience.
An Indian victory looked very unlikely at the halfway mark after Australia racked up 264/9 on the back of one of the more appalling fielding displays you could ever witness. Gardner and Mooney both passed 50, while McGrath cracked a rapid 47 at the death. India seemed dispirited and fractious. Victory seemed a long way off.
But their reply began strongly. Verma and Mandhana put on 59 for the opening wicket before Verma was joined in a partnership of 101 with Bhatia. At this stage India were cruising, but some superb catching in the field, and diligent seam bowling from Sutherland and Campbell, brought the game to a thrilling conclusion.
First Sharma, then Rana, looked to have taken control for India, but both fell at the death to leave a tantalising final over that Goswami interrupted abruptly with a mighty straight blow.
As well as the disappointment of seeing their long unbeaten run come to an end Australia will also be sweating on the fitness of Haynes and Mooney, who both left the field with injuries during the second innings, as well as Molineux, who required her face bandaging after being struck on the mouth fielding a throw at the non-striker’s end. On top of that, Perry still looks short of form and fitness on her return to the international scene.
Thank you for joining us today. We’ll be back to cover the entirety of the day-night Test from the Gold Coast between these sides, starting Thursday. See you then.