The Indian men cricket team may have opened their T20 series against Australia with a win, but it was the Indian women, who started off the day victorious against the Australian women in their T20 series.
The Indian women won the toss and opted to field first. The start didn’t begin on a good note for the Aussie batswomen, who kept losing wickets just as partnerships looked to start developing. Alyssa Healy with 41 runs off 15 balls and opener Beth Mooney with 37 runs off 36 balls, were the top-scorers for the Aussie women as they finished with 140/5 in their 20 overs. Incidentally the match marked the debut for the 22-year old Mooney.
Poonam Yadav picked two wickets for India, while Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Anuja Patil picked a wicket each. Goswami, with an economy of 5.25 runs, was the most economical bowler amongst the Indian bowlers’ lot.
The Indian run-chase saw opener and captain Mithali Raj lose her wicket early. But Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy, the new batswoman in, stabilised the Indian innings with a second-wicket partnership of 55 runs. Mandhana however lost her wicket for 29 runs, which brought Harmanpreet Kaur into the middle. The partnership between Kaur and Krishnamurthy didn’t last long though. Kaur and Goswami then pushed the Indian chase until Goswami lost her wicket with the team still needing 50 runs to win. The last Indian wicket to fall was that of Kaur, who fell short of her half-century by four runs, with India still needing nine runs to win in the last ball of the 18th over.
India however reached the target with eight balls to spare, and now lead the three match series 1-0. Megan Schutt and Jess Johanssen picked two wickets each for Australia, while Rene Farrell picked one wicket. Schutt with 23 runs in her four overs was the most economical bowler for the team.
For her 31-ball 46 blitzkrieg, Harmanpreet Kaur was awarded as the player of the match.