Phoebe Litchfield scores century and takes screamer as Australia defeat India

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Phoebe Litchfield scored a dazzling century and produced what could very well be the catch of the series as Australia romped to a 190-run victory over India in the third and final ODI of the series.

Litchfield was the star of the show for Australia, blasting 119 runs from 125 deliveries in an innings that included 16 fours and a single six to boot.

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The 20-year-old and fellow opener Alyssa Healy didn’t need long to find form at the crease after Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in Mumbai.

The opening pair put together a staggering partnership of 189 before Healy departed for 89 in the 29th over after she was bowled by Pooja Vastrakar.

It was India who then had the momentum as Australia lost three wickets for a measly seven runs to sit at 4/216.

However, Litchfield and Ash Gardner steadied the ship and combined for a partnership of 50 before Litchfield’s epic innings came to an end with the final ball of the 40th over.

Australia’s middle order of Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham and Alana King all chipped in with vital runs to help set India a formidable target of 339 for victory.

But India’s chase got off to a disastrous start, losing five wickets for 98 runs as Megan Schutt and Georgia Wareham tore through the top order with two wickets each.

Yet the most memorable wicket was undoubtedly that of Amanjot Kaur, who departed for just three runs thanks to Litchfield’s absurd catch.

Kaur looked to smash a King delivery through the field but managed to loft it.

Despite the ball travelling at pace, Litchfield dived to her right and plucked the ball out of the air with her right hand.

After Kaur’s departure, there was little resistance from India who simply had no answer for Australia.

A collapse of four wickets for 46 runs brought an end to India’s innings as Australia bowled them out for just 148 runs.

Originally published as Young gun blasts century, takes screamer as Aussies romp to 190-run win over India

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