Hunter spearheads victory

A hostile bowling spell from Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit quick Julie Hunter has guided Australia to a 10-wicket victory against India in the fourth T20 encounter at Vizag overnight.

Bowling with pace and venom, Hunter knocked over Sulakshana Naik (0) and Mithali Raj (0) with consecutive balls in the opening over of the match en route to career best figures, handing the Southern Stars the ascendancy in the process.

Sharon Millanta joined the party in the next over when she claimed her first international wicket, courtesy of a neat catch from Meg Lanning, and in the space of 11 balls India had been reduced to 3-5.

While the hosts were momentarily able to steady, the introduction of Lanning into the attack paid the ultimate dividend when she skittled Indian captain Anjum Chopra for 16 during a rare over in the international arena.

The 19-year-old's maiden T20I wicket left India 4-47 in the 11th over and it never recovered.

Returning at the death, Hunter mopped up tail, taking the final two wickets to rout India for just 85.

In reply, Alyssa Healy (54*) and Lanning (30*) made short work of the run chase, reaching the total with 46 balls in hand to put the finishing touches on a dominate display.

Having swept the best-of-three one-day series, Australia can complete a perfect tour of India with victory in today's final T20, but Hunter said the Southern Stars' focus was very much about building momentum ahead of this year's ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

"We'd love to go home and know that we've got the clean-sweep over India," Hunter said.

"Obviously they're going to be in our pool for the (ICC Twenty20) World Cup and if we can go in there with that confidence, that would be great.

 "We've just managed to be really disciplined on this tour and bowl to our fields and make sure we have those things right so our plans have been good and we've been able to bowl to those."

The fifth and final T20 will be played at Vizag later today.


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