AUSTRALIA: The Australian Women’s team defeats the Indian Women’s team by 4 wickets to win the 2nd T20I of the 3-match T20I series between the Indian and Australian Women’s teams. The first T20I match of this series was abandoned due to rain and both the teams were awarded a point each. In this match, Australian Women’s team won the toss and opted to field first.
Indian Women’s team had the worst of the starts as their opener Smriti Mandhana got out after scoring just 1 run off 5 deliveries and the Indian team was 5/1 after 1 over. The Indian team had a very poor powerplay as they lost Shafali Verma (3) and Jemimah Rodrigues (7) in the powerplay. Indian Women’s team was struggling at 24/3 after 5.3 overs.
Harmanpreet Kaur and Yastika Bhatia tried to rebuild the Indian innings by stitching up a 26 runs partnership but Harmanpreet Kaur got out after scoring 28 runs off 20 deliveries which included 5 fours and after she got out the Indian team was 50/4 after 8.5 overs.
After the fall of Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian team lost their wickets quite quickly and they were 81/9 after 16.6 overs. Pooja Vastrakar scored 37 runs off 26 deliveries which included 3 fours and 2 sixes to help the Indian team reach 118/9 after 20 overs. For the Australian team, Tayla Vlaeminck and Sophie Molineux took 2 wickets each while Ashleigh Gardner, Georgia Wareham, and Nicola Carey took 1 wicket each.
Australia also started their innings on a bad note as the Australian team lost the wicket of Alyssa Healy in the very first over. After the fall of Healy, Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning stitched up a 31 runs partnership to take Australia to 33/1 after 6 overs.
After the end of the powerplay, the Australian team lost 4 wickets for just 36 runs and Australia was 71/5 after 13.1 overs. Beth Mooney scored 34 runs off 36 deliveries which included 4 fours. Tahlia McGrath scored an unbeaten 42 runs off 33 deliveries which included 6 fours to help the Australian team defeat the Indian team by 4 wickets in this T20I.
For the Indian Women’s team, Rajeshwari Gayakwad took 3 wickets whereas Shikha Pandey, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Deepti Sharma took 1 wicket each.