The visiting team Australia banked on a clinical performance to thump India in the opening match of the tri-series. The visitors banked on some good knock Beth Mooney and Elyse Villani to chase down India’s target.
Batting first, India got off to a flier with 72 runs in 9.3 overs before Mithali Raj (18) departed. Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana went all guns blazing against the Aussie bowlers. He notched up 67 runs from just 41 deliveries with the help of 11 fours and two sixes.
However, since then, it was again a sad story for India as the middle-order collapsed. Although some quickfire 35 from 21 balls ensured India go past 150 runs.
In reply, the visitors received early jolts as Jhulan Goswami reduced the Aussies to 29 for 2. Since then, Beth Mooney and Elyse Villani steered to the Australian innings to the target. The pair added 79 runs for the third wicket taking the game away from India.
Although Australia lost two quick wickets in the middle, their skipper Meg Lanning guided them home convincingly. She hammered 35 off just 25 deliveries to help her team overtake India’s target
Here are statistical highlights from the first T20I between India and Australia:
1) 10 defeats for India Women against Australia Women, their most against any team in T20Is. However, over the past 6 T20 Internationals, the head-to-head reads 3-3. India has also lost nine matches against England and eight against West Indies.
2) India Women’s win-loss ratio is 0.3 (3 wins, ten defeats) against Australia Women, their 2nd-worst against any side. Meanwhile, their worst is 0.22 (2 wins, nine defeats) against England Women, the 3rd team in the tournament.
3) Smriti Mandhana ‘s 67 is the highest by an Indian against Australia in T20Is. Mandhana went past Harmanpreet Kaur’s 57, scored at Visakhapatnam in 2011-12. Meanwhile, it is her highest score in T20Is. Her previous best was 57 against South Africa.
4) Anuja Patil’s 35 is her highest score in the T20Is. Previously, her best was 34 runs against Sri Lanka at Ranchi in 2015-16.
5) 15 and 2 for 22 is the highest score and best figures for Ashleigh Gardner. Her previous highest was ten against England at Sydney in November, while her previous best was 1/3 against New Zealand at Geelong in 2016-17. It was also her only wicket.
6) Jhulan Goswami picked up her 15th wicket against Australia in T20Is. Also, it the most by any cricketer from both the team.
7) 48 players have now appeared in T20Is for Australia Women. Sophie Molineux was the latest. Only India (58) and New Zealand (50) have given out more caps.