Australia continues momentum, clinches first T20

Beth Mooney (45) and Meg Lanning 35* stand out as the Aussie women chase down 153 with 11 balls to spare in the first of the tri-series.

Beth Mooney (right) and Elyse Villani in conversation during the Australian innings at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

The Australian women's cricket team won the first T20 of the tri-series against India by six wickets at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Here's the live blog of the game

Australia 156/4 (18.1); M Lanning 35* (25), R Haynes 12* (9)

India 152/5 (20 overs)

 

Australia's road to victory

This was an interesting move, Jemimah Rodrigues — the youngster — bowled the 16 over.

That’s five runs in two balls, huge for Australia. The first delivery was paddled by Haynes and the batters finished running three while the ball was being chased down.

Lanning looked in a bit of hurry as she stole a couple and then, hit a four.

Eleven runs came off the over.

Dhar conceded eight more in the 17 taking Australia closer to the target.

Yadav’s four dot balls in the 18 over was not enough to raise hopes for a miracle as Australia levelled scores.

A big up to Lanning for maintaining her cool.

FOUR! Australia beat India by six wickets with 11 balls to spare.

After 15 overs (Australia 128/4); need 25 off 30 balls

Lanning 16 (11)

Haynes3(4)

Harmanpreet, who bowls right-arm medium, introduced into the attack. A juicy full toss to Lanning kisses the boundary rope reducing the asking rate further.

Though Australia looked set to chase down the total comfortably, there was no stopping Goswami, who picked up her third wicket in the 13 over. She also paused the run flow, conceding only four.

WICKET! Mooney, a set batswoman, was caught by Pandey.

B Mooney c Pandey b Goswami 45 (31) 4s 8

The talented Meg Lanning walked out to bat.

WICKET! Poonam Yadav gets Villani. It was a tossed up delivery and Yadav had to dive to her right to take the return.

Villani c & b Yadav 39 (33) 4s 4

After 10 overs (Australia 95/2)

Beth Mooney 37(25)

Villani 33(25)

India introduced Rumeli Dhar, another experienced bowler, in the eighth over. But the seamer went for 16 runs.

Villani quickly moved to 28 off 18, courtesy three fours off Dhar. The first one was in the air but landed safe to touch the rope, the second was a low full toss on the leg side; rightly punished. The third four was the best of the lot; the back of a length delivery saw Villani slash it through point.

Patil bowled a tight ninth over, conceding only nine runs.

Jhulan, who shone in her first spell with a 2/19, introduced into the attack. She concedes a nine from the over.

After five overs, Australia (47/2)

Beth Mooney 22(14)

Villani 3(6)

Anuja Patil almost got Mooney. The Australian charged down the track but was a bit late to get back to her crease. Patil hit the stumps at the batsman's end.

WOW! That’s some intense cricket in the middle. Gardner slashed Goswami for two fours and well, the next ball, she is bowled. This is sheer class by Goswami. Once again, after two fours, she is back with a wicket. It was a back of a length delivery that disturbed the stumps.

Gardner b Goswami 15 (8) 4s 3

A mixed first over (10/1)

Gardner 1(1)

Beth Mooney 4(3)

Jhulan Goswami, the seasoned bowler, showed her class by dismissing Healy after conceding a four.

A Healy b Goswami 4 (2) 4s 1

Earlier, Mooney cleared the infield for a boundary off the second ball.

Australia needs 153 to win; it looks like a pretty good total on board keeping in mind the middle-order collapse. Patil's knock helped the eves to cross the 150-run mark.

India 152/5 (S Mandhana 67, A Patil 35; E Perry 2/31, A Gardner 2/22) in 20 overs.

We will be back with the Australian innings soon....

 

India after 20 overs (152/5)

Veda Krishnamurthy 15(10)

Shikha Pandey 1(2)

Perry made a game out of this short three-over spell with a 2/17. Only one four came between the 15 and 17 over with two new batswomen on crease.

Patil and Krishnamurthy dealt with singles, trying to know the wicket better.

Patil broke the deadlock in the 18 over. She started off with a six. It was a top edge that flew over fine leg.

Patil upped her ante and hit three consecutive fours off Kimmince in the 19 over. The fielder could have stopped the first boundary had she not slipped in the chase. The second four was a classical drive through the off. The third one was an off-cutter, but the result was the same.

WICKET! But Kimmince got the Aussies back on track claiming the wicket of Patil in the last ball. The slog sweep went to Gardner. Good over (14 runs) for India as well as Australia.

A Patil 35 (21) 4s 6 6s 1

Krishnamurthy ended the final over with a SIX and a FOUR off Schutt.

India after 15 overs (102/4)

Veda Krishnamurthy 1(2)

Anuja Patil 1(1)

Harmanpreet tried to rotate the strike and ensured Mandhana continued her run feast.

The Indian women look prepared. They certainly learnt their lessons from the ODI series loss.

But Harmanpreet also picked up two fours in the Delissa Kimmince over, the 12 of the game.

Sophie Molineux kept the 14 over tight and conceded only five; 160 looks like a good total on this wicket to challenge the visitor.

Batting on 63 off 38, Mandhana hit the first ball of the 15 over — Gardner’s third — for a four. The bowler came round the wicket but the result was a ferocious cut through the backward point.

WICKET! Mandhana is out. Gardner strikes, Sophie takes a brilliant catch.

Mandhana got too close to the ball and lofted it to mid-on; Sophie moved to her left to pluck the offering.

S Mandhana 67 (41) 4s 11 6s 2

WICKET! Jemimah Rodrigues, the 17-year-old, came out next. But her stay was cut-short by Perry.

J Rodrigues 1 (3)

WICKET! Harmanpreet is gone. Perry strikes. This is the third wicket, second of the over, within a run. Sophie takes her second catch.

H Kaur 13 (16) 4s 2

India after 10 overs (72/1)

Harmanpreet Kaur 0(3)

Mandhana 53(30)

 

Ellyse Perry, one of the best in the Aussie ranks, brought the visitor back into the game with a tight seventh over. Though Mithali’s role seems to be that of an anchor this morning but the dot balls will matter in the long run.

Perry conceded only three runs. She mixed her deliveries and kept it mostly straight.

Smriti Mandhana in action against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday,   -  VIVEK BENDRE

 

Mandhana continued her rampage from the eighth over. She stole two consecutive fours off Sophie Molineux. The left-hander reached her half-century with a six off Perry in the ninth over.

WICKET! Gardner claims the big fish. Raj is out stumped. Brilliant glovework.

Mithali Raj st Healy b Gardner 18 (27) 4s 2

A different India after five overs (41/0)

Mithali 12(15)

Mandhana 28(15)

Mandhana slowly picked up and launched an attack.

She hit Ashleigh Gardner for two fours in the second over. The first went inside out over extra cover and the second one was a smart use of the pace by the batswoman to steer it fine.

The third over was by far the best India had; FOUR-SIX-FOUR — Mandhana started her rampage.

Jess Jonassen, the slow left-arm bowler, was at the receiving end. The first four was a sweep to the backward of square leg, followed by a dance-down-the-pitch six and another four through the third man.

First over — MAIDEN! IND 0/0 (1.0)

Mithali Raj took six balls to judge the length of the ball.

She flicked the first ball to mid-wicket and the second delivery was a little uppish one with no run.

The pumped up Schutt also invited Raj for a drive pitching slightly outside off and the batswoman had made an attempt to put it away, but well, no run!

The fifth ball went to cover-point and the over ended with a leg-cutter. It almost kissed the blade of Raj.

Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj are out in the middle.

Megan Schutt to open the proceedings for the Aussies.

Hello and welcome to the live updates from the first match between India and Australia of the Women's Tri-nation T20 series.

Teams:

Australia Women: Meg Lanning(c), Alyssa Healy(w), Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt

India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia(w), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Rumeli Dhar, Poonam Yadav

Australia Women won the toss and will be fielding first.