“It’s a pretty special delivery of that one,” McGrath said. “We stopped, turned around, watched it four times [in the dugout]. Probably not a good idea when you watch it over and over. ”
Captain Meg Lanning added: “There was a bit of a swing around. Even just seam the pitch, which is a bit weird given how good the wicket was last night but I think it takes the bowlers in the game and it’s exciting for everyone. It’s great to compete there. “
India’s 10th wicket stand and Pandey’s five-star delivery changed the complexion of the match but Australia’s security was even more important setting up an irrevocable series lead before the third against T20 of Sunday is now effectively dead rubber.
Panic erupted by sweeping the Australian camp after Healy was eliminated. Beth Mooney couldn’t manage a run in the second, while Lanning looked tentative as Australia crawled to 1-16 after four overs.
As Australia’s rebuilding began, it lost three critical wickets – Lanning (15), Ash Gardner (1) and Perry (2) – in quick succession to be 4-46 after 9.1 overs.
Australia’s required run rate has climbed just over eight and over if the team needs 25 runs from three overs.
However, four boundary six deliveries turned against in Australia’s favor before McGrath dived for a single with a level score.
Perry, who made his national debut in 2007 as a 16-year-old, overtook Alex Blackwell in the record books by playing in his 252nd match for Australia.
Earlier, the visitors lost three wickets in their power play, courtesy of a great coast by opening bowling Tayla Vlaeminck (2-18 from three overs), and struggled to start their entering by falling to 5-52 on the 10th.
This was in contrast to their quick start on Thursday night when they motorized to 4-131 from 15.2 overs before rain prevented a result.
The two run-outs didn’t help their cause and aside from a tough fallen catch by Gardner, the Australians were sharp on the farm, particularly Perry out of the country.
Australia squeezed India through scoreboard pressure, and a constant influx of wickets seemed to preclude any chance of posting a total competition.
However, India got from 9-81 to post 9-118 after their 20 overs, with Pooja Vastrakar unleashing an undefeated 37 from 26 balls and No.11 Rajeshwari Gayakwad walking the farm without running in his name.
Their 37-run stand is the second highest 10-wicket partnership in the history of the national T20 international. It was only improved by a 44-run stand from Costa Rican pair Wendy Morales and Amelia Arias in a match against Belize in 2019.
Despite the loss of momentum with the death of Indian entrants, the Australian bat class has risen to prominence.
“A pretty special win tonight and very special to wrap up the series,” McGrath said.
“Motty [coach Matthew Mott] told me before I went out, to play straight and get in. The wicket played a little harder than we first thought [it would]. I was in two minds if I would try and keep the running rate as close as possible or try and get a big finish. Fortunately it came late. ”