Australia win T20 series 4-1 in India to claim 54-point victory in Mumbai after Heather Graham hat-trick

A great batting from Ash Gardner and Grace Harris, plus a hat-trick from Heather Graham, saw Australia take a 4-1 series victory in the T20 international series in India.

The duo hit 129 in 10.2 overs in an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership in Mumbai, setting the platform for an impressive 54-run win.

Their exploits overshadowed even a Graham hat-trick, although that was also due to six overs being bowled between the second and third dismissals.

Australia, batted, took 4-196 from their 20 overs. In reply, India could only muster 142 as it was all out the last ball.

“Loved watching Ash and Grace today. We are proud of our fearless cricket, love to get into the game and stay ahead,” said Australia’s substitute captain Tahlia McGrath.

As in game four, Gardner was the all-around star, also taking 2-20 and two catches.

“I think it’s easy to hit with someone like Grace, who has the power play to support the chat,” Gardner said.

“I just enjoy my cricket more than anything else and reap the rewards on the pitch.”

The New South Welshwoman cracked 66 off 32 balls with 11 fours and a six. Queenslander Harris batted 64 from 35 with six fours and four sixes, her highest T20I score.

Grace Harris’ 64 was her highest T20I score.(Getty Images: Pankaj Nangia)

Their attack took the match past an Indian team who lost world number three batsman Smriti Mandhana for four in the first over, after which the wickets tumbled regularly. Harleen Deol (24 from 16 balls) got going, but she was driven off by McGrath.

Belated resistance came from Deepti Sharma, who ate 53 off 34 balls before coming out last, suitably caught in the ropes by Graham’s Gardner.

That gave Graham remarkable figures of four wickets for eight runs off two overs, including a hat-trick from the last two balls of the 12th over and the first of the 19th.

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