Miraculous Mackay: Mooney and McGrath bring home the sugar

Tahlia McGrath was instrumental in Australia's miraculous win with both bat and ball. Image: @ICC/ Twitter

A clinical 75 overs from India was not enough to break cricket’s longest winning streak, with Beth Mooney batting the distance to secure what will be remembered as one of the best games in recent history.

The Australian batter moved into a vacant opening spot after Rachael Haynes was a late withdrawal.

Mooney steadied a sinking ship with 125*, while Tahlia McGrath notched 74 and Nicola Carey 39*.

Despite her match-winning performance, Mooney was full of praise for McGrath.

“She came in and looked like she was batting on a completely different wicket,” Mooney said.

“We just keep churning out these players who can come out on the big stage and look like they’ve been there for years and TMac is no different.

“I’m really pleased she was able to contribute like she did today and look like she’s been there for a really long time.”

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A night-time dew settled in during the second innings and created a slippery ball for the Indian bowlers.

Mooney said she tried to keep McGrath focused on chipping away at the total slowly.

“She called me a mathematician because I was calculating how many runs each ball we needed,” Mooney said.

“Getting to that 40 over mark and not leaving more than 90 runs to get, if we got to that point with wickets in hand we would go extremely close.

“We needed about 87 off the last 10, which I thought given how much T20 cricket we play was going to be a bit of a walk in the park.

“We made it pretty ugly for ourselves there.”

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