India Vs Australia women T20 world cup match highlights:
- India won by 48 runs
- They ended Australia’s innings at 119-9 after scoring 167 in the first half of the match
- Mandhana(83) and Kaur(43) lead India’s charge to a massive total
- India topped Group B with four wins from four matches to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament. Australia in second became the second team from the group to make the last 4.
The Indian women continued their free-flowing style brand of cricket to demolish the mighty Australian side from their sights in their last group stage match of the women world T20. Taking on three-time champions Australia in an encounter that would decide who progressed from Group B to the semi-finals as group leaders, the Indian juggernaut was at its scintillating best yet again this world cup to defeat their opponents by 48 runs. With the win, India made it four wins out of four to top their group with 12 points.
Going ahead with India Vs Australia women T20 world cup, India’s charge was led by Smriti Mandhana and Captain Harmanpreet Kaur. The pair batted exquisitely, taking on Australia’s bowling attack like there was no tomorrow. The duo teed off from ball one, smashing the ball to all parts of the ground in a carnage that saw the Indians reach a mammoth 167-8 batting first.
Despite starting their innings in a jittery fashion, losing the wicket of Mithali Raj and Rodrigues cheaply, the Indian innings was quickly repaired by Mandhana and Kaur who countered Australia’s initial charge efficiently. Playing fearless innings, both Mandhana and Kaur played the role of aggressors to break Australia’s back.
Kaur, who has been in spectacular touch this T20 world cup, took on the likes of Gardner, Molineux and Kimmince in bashful style. Hitting almost every ball that came her way to the boundary, Kaur was unlucky to end her innings at 43 off 27 balls. Hitting Kimmince for back to back fours, Kaur went for another big one, failing to connect to find the ball in Haynes’ hands.
However, the cameo by Kaur was all that Mandhana needed to build on. Finally converting a start into a big score, Mandhana blistered through India’s death overs to ensure her side finished their innings on a high. An innings that saw her cut, sweep, flick and pull the ball with ease, killed Australia off even before their second innings began as Mandhana notched up a score of 83 off 55 balls with 3 massive ones and 9 fours.
Picking up from where India’s batswomen had left off her the bowlers who worked in tandem to suffocate Australia’s quest to top the group. The Providence Stadium witnessed one of the most complete bowling performance this tournament with the Indian bowlers sharing the wickets among them in a deadly performance.
Patils’ 3-15 was accompanied by two wickets each for Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadhav and Poonam Yadhav that ensured the Australian’s never got set at the crease, bowing out for 119-9 in the end.
Harmanpreet Kaur: We worked really hard, today the fielding coach must be happy with the way we fielded, proud of the girls. Credit to the girls for the way we played today.
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