IND-W vs AUS-W: Australia comfortably won the first ODI against India by 9 wickets in a five-match T20I series on Friday. On a wicket that was a nightmare for the bowlers, India should have scored 200 in the first innings.
However, they ended up amassing 172 runs, which wasn’t a bad total either. Shafali Verma (21 off 10) and Smriti Mandhana (28 off 22) gave the team a stellar start for the opening wicket.
Verma dealt only in boundaries before Varma eventually fell on the last ball of the third over. Rodrigues (0) had a forgettable outing with the bat as her wicket put, further, pressure on the hosts.
Sutherland took the wicket of Smriti Mandhana in the 8th over. The Indian southpaw was looking dangerous at the crease but she couldn’t convert the start into a big score either.
Skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur (21 off 23) never looked comfortable in the middle and, eventually, got out in the 12th over. By that time, India had only managed 76 runs on the board.
Devika Vediya then joined hands with Richa Ghosh and forged a 54-run partnership for the 5th wicket. Ghosh was the one who changed the momentum with a destructive knock of 36 runs in 20 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Later, Deepti Sharma exhibited a late assault as her 15-ball 36 helped India reach past the 170-run mark.
Mooney-Healy star with the bat
Despite that, Australia cruised to the target in just 18.1 overs with 9 wickets in hand.
Alyssa Healy continued her fine run against India as she played an unbeaten knock of 37 runs in 23 balls. Beth Mooney starred with the bat as she amassed 89 runs in 57 deliveries, including 16 fours. On the other hand, Tahlia McGrath played an unbeaten knock of 40 runs in 29 deliveries.
IND-W vs AUS-W Brief Scores: Australia Women 173 for 1 (Mooney 89*, McGrath 40, Vaidya 1-33) beat India Women 172 for 5 (Deepti 36*, Ghosh 36, Perry 2-10) by nine wickets