Team India registered a five-wicket win against England in the first match at the Manuka Oval, Canberra on January 31. Courtesy a good show from the bowlers and the captain Harmanpreet Kaur who played a sheet anchor’s role.
However, they are ready to take on mighty Australia in the second game of the Women's T20 Tri-series on Sunday. Although India got a good start at the beginning, their middle-order woes remain the same. While the openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana got a good start, they failed to carry forward that.
However, captain Harmanpreet Kaur led the attack and her heroics won the game. Jemimah Rodrigues also scored runs but Veda Krishnamurthy failed to do so.
On the other hand, they will play against Australia, one of the best teams in the world cricket right now. They have nearly pulled off a win in the second game of the tournament against England. They have the batters like Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney. Moreover, they have the all-rounders like Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner etc.
They can do wonders on their day. Like Mooney who stood up when others failed. She scored a stable 65 in their chase.
While this is the scene of batters, bowlers are no less. For India, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked up two wickets each. Radha Yadav took one in the first match.
As they say, Australia's tail-enders can also bat, once again it was proved against England. Although they had a bad day at the office, debutant Annabel Sutherland’s quickfire 22* off 11 with four boundaries took the side to a draw before England had the last laugh.
They have the bowlers like Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen and most importantly Ellyse Perry. Perry was the pick of the bowlers who finished with the figures of 4-0-9-1 within the first seven overs. Her spell included as many as 17 dots which literally stopped England scoring freely. And, she will try to maintain her form in the next game as well.
The last time they met was in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2018, where India registered a 48-run win. Courtesy Smriti Mandhana's 83 and a blitzy 43 from Harmanpreet Kaur. Perry was the pick of the performers with 3 for 16 and an unbeaten 39 off 28.
With India trying to keep their winning momentum on, Australia will surely try to bounce back in the tournament. It will be interesting to see whether India will win or Perry's brilliance will be the key.
Australia: Alyssa Healy (WK), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (C), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Erin Burns, Tayla Vlaeminck
India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Arundhati Reddy, Harleen Deol, Nuzhat Parween, Poonam Yadav