The Indian women’s cricket team maintained their unbeaten run in the ongoing ICC Women’s World T20 as its spinners guided to yet another emphatic win over Australia.
India beat Australia by 48 runs in their final Group B at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday. By virtue of this win, India topped Group B with eight points while Australia find themselves in the second spot with six points.
India dished out an all-round performance to register an emphatic win over World No. 1 Australia. India opener Smriti Mandhana hit a classy 83 off 55 balls to help her team post a competitive 167/8 in 20 overs. In reply, Australia could muster only 119/9 as the Indian spinners picked up wickets at regular intervals to derail Australia’s run chase.
Mandhana: Player of the Match
Mandhana, who notched up 1000 T20I runs, became the second quickest to the landmark after veteran Indian cricketer Mithali Raj.
What began as a battle of equals turned out to be a dull affair in the end with India strolling to victory comprehensively. Before the start of the chase, Australia were dealt with a major blow with the absence of Healy at the top – who was the in-form batter. They did began their pursuit of 168 decently with Mooney stepping up the pedal in the Powerplay. But once the Indian spinners were introduced, Australia hit a roadblock as the runs were tied down and also, they lost wickets at crucial intervals. Ellyse Perry was the top scorer for the Southern Stars with 39 and showed some semblance of a fight.
Anuja Patil was the pick of the bowlers for India with 3 scalps while Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma claimed two wickets betweem them.
Earlier, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and opted to bat. India, after losing Taniya Bhatia and Jemimah Rodrigues early, were steadied by a 68-run partnership between Mandhana and Harmanpreet (43). Mandhana, who scored her sixth T20I half-century and her first of the tournament, scored boundaries at will, hitting nine boundaries and three sixes.Harmanpreet, on the other hand, kept her solid form alive by playing a quickfire knock of 43, including three boundaries and as many sixes.