Australia v India
Richmond Cricket Ground, Melbourne: 9th – 12th February 1991
Australia’s Lyn Larsen won the toss at Richmond yYet against her own theory of batting first, she sent India in to bat.It was a master stroke, with India skittled for just 92, the firebrand Debbie Wilson picking up 5-27.
“It was a great wicket for our seamers. They were all aggressive and made it very tough for the Indians.” – Lyn Larsen
The Indian seamers proved less difficult. Belinda Clark was again the first wicket to fall for the Australians, out for 69 when the score was 111. It was the third century partnership in the first innings of a Test for the two openers. Belinda Haggett helped herself to a century and was assisted in a 177 run partnership by Denise Annetts who scored 65. Larsen declared at 3/307.
India batted with much more authority in the second innings and despite a wobble in the middle, were helped to 267 with a last wicket partnership of 56 between Diana Edulji and Sandra Braganza. It left Australia 53 to win, which they scored with the loss of just one wicket, Zoe Goss. The skipper couldn’t have been happier.
“It was a testing series, so getting two Test victories was really satisfying. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to take wickets and working with my bowlers accordingly. Test victories are sweet… very different to one day wins.”
India 92 (Wilson 5-27, Goss 3-15) and 267 (Venugopal 58, Edjuli 39) lost to Australia 3/307 (Haggett 144, Clark 69, Annetts 65) and 1/53 (Clark 35*) by 9 wickets