Australia beat India in the opening game of T20I Tri-series by six wickets and continued their winning path against the host. Indian Batsman Smriti Mandhana played a massive inning of 67 runs and guided India to set-up 152 runs at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Middle-order batsman Anjali-Patil contributed 35 runs and helped Team India for setting a good target at batting pitch. It was the first match of India Australia England Women’s Tri-series and Before this Australia beat India by 3-0 in their home. Indian Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said,” When we are playing against a world-class side, we need to set a good target. We were at least 30 runs short. I know there was some moisture in the wicket, but Mandhana batted so well, but we didn’t get anyone else to bat with her. The middle overs wickets did hurt, but we were still eyeing a good total. Anuja played well in the end. As I said earlier, we need more responsibility from others.
Australian skipper Meg Lanning smashed winning shot for his team in the 19th over of the match. Lanning scores 35* including(4*4, 1*6) and proved once again, why he is best in the world. Indian Pacer Jhulan Goswami picked three wickets in her four-over spell and conceded 30 runs with an economy of 7.50 Run per Over. Australian Opener Beth Mooney started the chase with Healy, losses first wicket in the first over of innings, Jhulan bowled her in a straight delivery and got the first breakthrough for her team. After this, Villani and Mooney built a strong partnership 0f 79 runs and snatched the match from India’s basket.
Australian Skipper Lanning told,” Yeah, a little bit lower than usual but Villani and Mooney did a great job on the Powerplay. No real logic behind the move, we just thought it gave more balance. That’s what T20 cricket is about; you need to be flexible. With only four fielders out in the deep now, the scores are only going to get higher. We are all enjoying it. We shall take a bit of rest in the afternoon, but tomorrow we’re back again for the big game against England. The good thing about T20 tournaments is that momentum can be carried forward.” The next match of this Tri-series will be played on tomorrow 23rd March between England and Australia.