Opener Beth Mooney made brief work of India’s 173-run goal with a belligerent 57-ball 89 to energy the Australian girls’s group to a convincing nine-wicket victory within the first T20 International right here on Friday. Mooney smashed 16 fours throughout her keep within the center, and was helped by Tahlia McGrath’s unbeaten 29-ball 40, which included 4 boundaries and two sixes. Australia thus took a 1-0 lead within the five-match sequence. Earlier, the skilled Deepti Sharma blazed away to an unbeaten 15-ball 36 to energy India to 172 for 5.
Sharma smashed 4 successive boundaries within the ultimate over, bowled by Megan Schutt to spice up India’s run charge after Richa Ghosh (36 off 20 balls) and the returning Devika Vaidya (25 off 24) added 56 runs for the fifth wicket.
Chasing a stiff goal, the formidable Australian opening pair of skipper Alyssa Healy and Mooney gave Australia the beginning it wanted, including 73 runs in just below 9 overs.
Healy and Mooney performed some great pictures throughout their scintillating partnership to place the Indian bowlers beneath stress.
Making issues worse was a dropped catch by Radha Yadav at backward level off Renuka Singh, giving Mooney a life when the batter was on 4. Medium pacer Renuka was then hit for 3 successive fours by Mooney, at the same time as her captain struck the primary six of the Australian innings.
If the dropped catch was not sufficient, India’s fielding general was poor.
Vaidya, enjoying her first T20I since her debut in 2014, effected the primary breakthrough when she had Healy caught by Harmanpreet.
The lack of the skipper, for a 23-ball 37, didn’t disturb Australia’s momentum as Mooney discovered an in a position ally in Tahlia McGrath. It was pretty much as good as over for India after Mooney took 18 runs within the fifteenth over to deliver the equation down from 55 runs off 36 balls to solely 37 runs within the final 5 overs.
Earlier, Sharma hit eight boundaries in her blistering knock, whereas Ghosh discovered the fence 5 occasions and cleared it twice.
India had been off to a flying begin with the teenaged Shafali Verma smashing Megan Schutt for a 4 and a six over long-on within the first over, which yielded 12 runs.
The seasoned Smriti Mandhana (28 of twenty-two balls) lower debutant Kim Garth for a 4, earlier than Shafali slashed Ellyse Perry on the off-side for her second most, a ball after an inside edge went previous the keeper for a boundary.
However, Perry had her revenge when she cramped Shafali for room on the leg aspect and the batter ended up giving a catch to skipper Alyssa Perry. This was the fourth time Perry has dismissed the 18-year-old Indian power-hitter.
Mandhana, who has a positive report in opposition to the Australians, confirmed her class when she scored 4 boundaries off Garth, the flurry of fours propelling India to 45 for one in simply 4 overs.
The 17-run fourth over was adopted by the wicket of Jemimah Rodrigues, who succumbed to stress after 4 dot balls by Perry, the batter’s mistimed pull touchdown within the arms of Annabel Sutherland.
Schutt was introduced again after a wicket maiden by Perry, and he or she conceded simply three runs to maintain India at 48 for 2 on the finish of the six powerplay overs on the DY Patil Stadium.
Healy launched the off-spin bowling of Ashleigh Gardner, and Harmanpreet Kaur (21 off 23) drove her by way of covers for her first boundary.
Healy made one other bowling change and it labored as Sutherland had the well-set Mandhana caught by Mooney at level in a reasonably tender dismissal.
After a few quiet overs, Harmanpreet pulled Sutherland for a welcome boundary.
However, Garth had the prized scalp of Harmanpreet — her first for Australia after representing Ireland for a decade — when the Indian captain performed away from her physique and hit it straight to fielder at cowl.
The duo of Ghosh and Vaidya then took over. PTI AH AH SSC SSC
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