Having won their first game against England, India faced a defeat in the hands of Australia in Canberra, courtesy a brilliant all-round show from Ellyse Perry. Australia who nearly pulled off a win in their first game against England yesterday in the ongoing Women's T20 Tri-Series.
Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Both the openers - Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma got off to a flying start. Shafali Verma started taking on Megan Schutt with a boundary over mid-on before Smriti Mandhana hit a four and a six to make it 15 in the very first over.
However, this didn't stay long as Ellyse Perry's length ball crashed the middle stump of Verma in the first ball of the second over. Another youngster Jemimah Rodrigues too had a bad day at the office who mistimed a Tayla Vlaeminck delivery. While trying to hit big, she gave a catch to Nicola Carey at the third man boundary, reducing India 16 for 2 within the 3rd over.
Her dismissal brought the captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the middle. She played a sheet anchor's role in the first game and took her time to set her eyes in. On the other hand, Mandhana took the onus with some lofted boundaries. They stitched a 40-run partnership as well.
Just when they both got set in the middle and were trying for a big total, stand-in captain Rachael Haynes gave the ball to left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen. The experienced spinner certainly knew how to break the partnership and the outcome? Mandhana got out while trying for a slog sweep. She mistimed it and it ended up landing in Perry's safe hands at the deep square leg. However, she became the third Indian player to score more than 1500 T20I runs after Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
However, Kaur tried her best to accelerate the score by hitting back-to-back boundaries in Georgia Wareham’s first over but Aussies have some other plans. Haynes brought back her key player Ellyse Perry in the 14th over and she registered her second-best T20I figure.
At first, she dismissed Harmanpreet Kaur for 28 while she was trying to hit big but failed to do so and caught at the third man. Then Taniya Bhatia in the next ball for a duck. The fifth ball of the over witnessed the dismissal of Deepti Sharma for a duck too, leaving India struggling at 82 for 6 after 14th over. She finished with the figures of 4 for 13.
However, this was not the end as Tayla Vlaeminck dismissed both Veda Krishnamurthy 8 and Arundhati Reddy 4 in the following over and India reduced to 82 for 8 in 14.4 overs. Once again their middle-order crumbled under the pressure as they put up a below-par score of 103 on the board in 20 overs.
While chasing a mere total of 104, Australia didn't get a flying start as they lost the openers - Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney very cheaply. After having a good start, Ashleigh Gardner too failed to capitalize and leave Aussies at 30 for 3 after the powerplay.
Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes started building the partnership but Indian bowlers didn't give them chances to open their arms. Jess Jonassen and Rachael Haynes soon joined their teammates in the dugout. However, the number 1 all-rounder Ellyse perry was there in the crease.
With no rash shots, timely boundaries and calm head, she held the chase from the other end. She hit two consecutive boundaries in the 18th over off Radha Yadav before giving a catch to Veda Krishnamurthy at long-on and missed her fifty by one run. She scored a 47-ball 49 with 8 boundaries. Later, Nicola Carey finished off with a boundary to win the game in the 19th over.
Brief Scores: India 103/9 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 35; Ellyse Perry 4/14) lost to Australia 104/6 in 18.5 overs (Ellyse Perry 49; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/18) by four wickets.