The T20 international match between India Women and Australia women ended as a high scoring match as the latter wrapped it up with a successful defense. Australia women scored 186 runs for 5 wickets sent in to bat first. In the chase, India could survive only for 150 runs in a slow inning. In the first inning, it was the third wicket partnership between Elyse Villani and Beth Mooney that hauled Australia’s score to challenging heights. While in the next inning, Megan Schutt nicked three crucial wickets to slog the chase completely. It was a hat-trick attack of the bowler, becoming the first in the team’s Women Cricket history to reach the feat.
Beth Mooney scored a brilliant 71 runs as the opener, while Villani knocked 61 runs. Mooney played her masterstrokes full of scoops and stroke-plays, for her score in 46 runs. She played until the pre-ultimate over. While, Villani is score came up in 42 runs, she smashing 10 fours in the stretch. She was removed by Poonam Yadav in the 16th over. Mooney was down away by Jhulan Goswami, but the damage for India was already done with the challenging score. The last three wickets were particularly expensive for India Women. Australia players knocked 45 runs in the stretch even if they lost three wickets. Meg Lanning remained not out at 11.
The chase was slackened with early wickets that India lost to Megan Schutt. In the second over, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, both were bowled by the Aussie pacer. Raj was ducked after Mandhana leaving the Women T20 match stranded for India. After the end of fourth over, India’s chase was slackened at 26 for 3 wickets. Meanwhile, Jemimah Rodrigues steered the inning with as the opener until the 12th over. She knocked a half century of 41 balls playing through Aussie attacks.
After the early wickets, Harmanpreet Kaur played a 30 ball 33 runs to bolster the score. In the last stretch, Anuja Patil pushed the inning with momentum striking 6 fours for her 26 ball 38. The player remained unbeaten with Pooja Vastrakar, who scored 19 off 14 balls. As overs exhausted, India Women remained 36 runs away from the target.
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