India vs Australia Women’s T20 Highlights: India beat Australia by 48 runs in a group B match of the ICC Women’s World T20 on Saturday. Electing to bat, India posted 167 for 8, riding on Smriti Mandhana’s 55-ball 83 and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s strokeful 43. India then returned to restrict Australia for 119-9 in 19.4 overs to continue their unbeaten run in the tournament. Alyssa Healy was absent hurt following a collision with Megan Schutt in the Indian innings.
India vs Australia Women's T20 Highlights
INDIA WINS by 48 runs
India continue their winning run in the tournament as they beat Australia by 48 runs. The Indian bowlers wrapped up the Australian innings 119/9* in 19.4 overs. With this win India top GROUP B
** Alyssa Healy did not come to bat due to an injury
WHAT A CATCH! Radha Yadav chases the ball and dives in the end to dismiss Delissa Kimmince. Kimmince goes for 1, as AUS reach 108/7 in 18.1 overs
Presure mounts on Australia as Sophie Molineux departs for 9. AUS require 65 runs in 18 balls
STUMPED! Poonam Yadav picks up a wicket in the first ball of the 16th over as Rachael Haynes steps out of her crease but misses the ball. Easy stumping for Taniya Bhatia.
AUS: 90/4 (15 overs)
Ellyse Perry smashes three boundaries in the 15th over as Australia reach 90 for the loss four wickets.
GONE! Gardner is next, Australia in trouble
Pressure talking now. Gardner also tries to take the aerial route and ends up getting caught. India turning the screws here.
OUT! Meg Lanning dismissed, Australia 56/3
Taken! Lanning goes for the sweep with the pressure building, Veda comes in to take the catch.
Australia 56/2 after 8 overs
Meg Lanning and Ashleigh Gardner in the middle and Australia are in a spot of bother here.
BACK TO BACK WICKETS FOR POONAM YADAV
Poonam Yadav dismisses Beth Mooney and Elysse Villani off successive balls and Australia suddenly find themselves on the backfoot.
Australia 11/0 after 1 over
Two fours off Beth Money to start things off for Australia. Allyssa Healy is unlikely to play after that collision so there is extra pressure here on Australia.
India 167/8 after 20 overs
A wicket for Ellysse Perry off the last ball of the over; Australia need to make 168 to top Group B.
India 159/6 after 19 overs
Big collission between bowler and keeper. Healy and Shchutt go for the same catch after the ball balloons up in the air off the bat of Arundhati Reddy. Shchutt's shoulder has buried into Healy's face and she has to walk off the pitch.
OUT! Smriti Mandhana is dismissed, India 155/6
And that ends a magnificent innings, Mandhana comes down the track and lofts it to long-on, Ellyse Perry takes an easy catch. She had made 83 off 55.
GONE! Hemalatha chopps on
India have a good run rate but they are losing wickets far too frequently at the moment. Hemalatha tries to drag a pull from outside off and ends up playing on.
OUT! Veda Krishnamurthy dismissed thanks to a screamer, 131/4
Vlaemick the debutant jumps, plucks the cherry at that split second that she is suspended in the air, neither going up nor down, and then comes back to earth with the ball safely in her hands. That is a catch for the ages.
Mandhana overturns an LBW decision
Mandhana was given out but she went for the review. As it turned out, the ball had pitched outside leg and thus the decision is overturned.
OUT! Harmanpreet Kaur falls
Two consecutive fours to start the over and the third is caught at cover and that is a big wicket for Australia.
India 105/2 in 12 overs
Harmanpreet Kaur is ensuring at least one boundary per over and the one for this over is a gigantic six over long off. "HARD KAUR" screams the jumbotron in the stadium. 50 partnership has also come up between the two best batters India have got. Australia certainly don't want this going any longer.
India 84/2 after 10 overs
Smriti Mandhana reaches her half century with a four, takes a single, Harmanpreet faces a dot and then deposits the next over long off for a six. India are looking very good at the moment.
India 59/2 after 8 overs
Mandhana has moved to 44 and her partner, Harmanpreet Kaur is on 4. Australia will be keen on getting her out when she is not in her Harmanator mode because the last time they played Harmanpreet in a big tournament was during the ODI World Cup last year. That must have been a forgettable experience for them.
OUT! Jemimah Rodrigues is the next to walk
Oh, she sends an outside edge flying to third man off Kimminee. Villani was placed there for the catch and Rodrigues fell in the trap.
India 33/1 after 5 overs
Smriti Mandhana has switched gears here. The first ball of the fourth over ended in a mix-up but Jemimah Rodrigues survived that one. Mandhana then stepped down the track to hit the first six of the match and then another four. 13 runs came off that over in the end.
Mandhana with an absolute beauty of a shot to send the fastest ball of the day between point and cover. That was the first boundary of the match.
GONE! Taniya Bhatia is the first wicket to fall, India 5/1
Bhatia goes the aerial route and is unable to clear the infield. Lanning moves a fair distance to her right and completes the catch.
India 2/0 after 1 over
Taniya Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana have opened the batting for India and Tayla Vlaeminck bowled the first over.
India: Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Veda Krishnamurthy, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav
Australia: Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (capt), Ashleigh Gardner, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Tayla Vlaeminck, Megan Schutt
India win the toss, elect to bat first
Mithali Raj was not warming up and sure enough, she isn't included in the playing XI. She had suffered a knee injury in the previous match.
India against Australia
Vice-captain Smriti Mandhana said that India are not scared by the might of their opponents. " I think we will be looking at it as a match only and not like we need to be on the top of the table of this group,” she said. She also felt that India's batting could have been better in the matches gone by, especially the one against Ireland. "But bowling and fielding I think we are really good, and we dominated the opposition. I didn’t think that 140 was good enough because in T20s you can’t keep thinking about the wicket and the outfield because it’s such a fast game,” she said. “So I think we were aiming at 165 to 170, but unfortunately we could not do that.”
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It's rather hard to believe that this year marks the first time in 10 years that India have made it to the semi-finals of the World T20 considering the fact that they are yet to break a sweat in any of their matches so far. But that stands to change today; as far as pay and basic domestic structures go, Australia are head and shoulders above the rest and that tends to show more often than not on the field. Australia won both T20 matches they have played against India so far in 2018.