Australia Women vs India Women, Women's 1st T20I Highlights: Jemimah Rodrigues shines in washout, both teams awarded a point

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Jemimah Rodrigues is a run short of a brilliant half century as India is firmly in control in the first T20I against Australia in Carrara.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the first T20I between Australia Women and India Women in Carrara. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and Netra V bringing you all the updates from the game.

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With two T20Is between the two sides to be played on Saturday and Sunday, it would be interesting to see if the Indian women can make a comeback and equalise the score in the multi-point format. Thanks for today, see you on Saturday!

MATCH ABANDONED DUE TO RAIN.

RECAP -

Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma got India off to a brisk start, with 31 runs on the board in the first three and a half overs. Ash Gardner came in to the attack and removed both the openers in the span of four balls. Harmanpreet, playing in this series for the first time, was dismissed quickly but Jemimah Rodrigues and Yastika Bhatia (on debut) put together a 51-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Jemimah, bringing her form from The Hundred became the youngest player to cross 1000 T20I runs. Jemi and Richa Ghosh are currently at the crease for India with the game well and truly in India's court - 131 runs on the board and five overs to go. However, the match was abandoned due to rain. Both the teams would get one point each with Australia leading 7-5 in the multi-format series.

 

Quick look at the points table again

TeamPWNR/DPts
Australia5227
India5125



4:23 PM IST: We have an update and it's bad news. There will be no more play today.

4:20 PM IST:
The wait continues. Here's what the rain looked like at the Metricon about 25 minutes ago. Spoilsport.



Quick look at the points table again

TeamPWNR/DPts
Australia4216
India4114


Scenario:
Each T20I win is worth two points. If India wins, it will be level on points with Australia, opening this series wide open. If Australia wins, India will struggle to draw the series in the two games to come.

4:10PM IST: 20 odd minutes to go for the required resumption time. If your prayers work, how about hoping for no washout? That would be a bummer after the start we've had here today.

3:55PM IST: An update from the ground: Due to rain, India’s innings has been completed. Australia will commence their innings when play can be restarted and available overs is confirmed. Play will need to recommence in 4:36PM IST minutes for Australia to complete the minimum five overs required for a result.

3:50PM IST: No word on when play will resume yet.
Cricket Australia staff on ground are tweeting that it's getting heavier (Sigh). The outfield maybe damp but spirits are not. Case in point - Stella Campbell.



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UPDATE: A steady shower has stopped proceedings in Carrara. Jemimah is one run short of a brilliant half century as India is cruising at 131/4 in 15.2 overs. Let's quickly recap what's happened in the game so far.

More on Jemimah's cracking 1000 T20I run milestone: Jemimah Rodrigues becomes youngest player to reach 1000 runs in T20Is

DEJA VU. RAIN INTERRUPTION IN CARRARA.

131/4 in 15.2 overs- Georgia Wareham barely gets two balls into her second over before rain stops play. Jemimah is on 49*. What a time to interrupt the game, Aussie weather! RAIN STOPS PLAY

IND: 130/4 (15 overs)- Eight runs come off this Vlaemnick over. Not the most gracious of welcomes from the Indians for Tay Vlaemnick. That said, Tay has been consistently fast, with the broadcaster's speedometer malfunctioning at one point. 120+ speeds from Tay. She can only get better going forward.

IND 122/4 (14 overs)- Another debutant Tahlia McGrath comes into the attack now but this over belongs ONLY to Richa Ghosh. Three boundaries - first down midwicket and the other two around the third man area. McGrath oscillates between length and fuller deliveries, but nothing works on Ghosh.

IND 108/4 (13 overs)- Oh before the milestone, we will have a wicket here. Wareham comes in to the attack and strikes right away. Yastika has holed out to Vlaemnick at long-on. Richa Ghosh is the new batter. Partnership worth 51 runs broken by the Aussies and just two runs conceded. Nicely done, Wareham and Australia!  WICKET: Yastika Bhatia c Vlaeminck b Wareham 15 (15b 2x4 0x6)

IND 106/3 (12 overs)- Carey returns. If you missed Jemimah in The Hundred, we're getting an encore here today. Starts off with a square cut right away for four. She goes on to punish another wide-ish deliery, smashing it down third for a four again. Jemimah has moved on to 42 off 30. Can she complete that half century and announce her return to this side emphatically?

IND 96/3 (11 overs)-  Gardner returns. Oh close shave for India. RUN OUT RISK. Having come down the pitch, Yastika loses her bat as she tries to make it back to her crease. Healy misses the direct hit and the Indian pair sneaks a run. Heart in the mouth for every one around the pitch. But, Jemi is unfazed. She goes down third for a four. Bhatia also opens up, sweeping to fine leg for a boundary. 11 run from the over.

Jemi in form is *chef's kiss*

 

IND 85/3 (10 overs)- Hannah Darlington comes in to bowl her first over in international T20s. No mercy from Jemi as she sends blasts that first ball off to mid-off for four. She gets a second boundary down the same path and knocks off the 1000 T20I run milestone in the process, Jemi. She becomes the youngest player to manage the milestone. 11 runs from the over in total.

STAT:
Perry's 3.0 economy rate is the lowest among the Aussies. The next lowest is Carey's 7.00. Says so much about what that Test has done for Perry's bowling.

IND 74/3 (9 overs)- Nicola Carey comes in for her first over. There's a hint of a drizzle at the Metricon Stadium. After a quiet start, Carey sends down a length ball thats going outside off. Bhatia finds some height and clears mid-off for four runs. Seven runs from this Carey over in total.

IND 67/3 (8 overs)- Ash Gardner returns. Yastika and Jemimah are happy to rotate the strike and deal in singles to see her off. Gardner sends in the odd short ball and Jemimah has sent this between cover and point for four runs! Nine runs from this over. Nicely done, India.

IND 58/3 (7 overs)- Ellyse Perry comes in. A rather different role for someone who is used to opening the bowling for Australia. She's found her rhythm in the Test match and that frugality extends here. Concedes just the three runs.

IND 55/3 (6 overs)- Molineux returns and will get a wicket to her name now and it's the big fish - the Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Goes too full and Harman, trying to negotiate the ball, ends up being hit on the pads.  WICKET: Harmanpreet Kaur lbw b Molineux 12 (5b 3x4 0x6)

IND 46/2 (5 overs)- Vlaeminck in for her third over. Starts off with good lengths here to contain the runs but Harmanpreet makes up with two consecutive fours off the last two balls. This get the Indian captain off the mark. Healy says the pitch has no dew and looks great for batters. This match is only going to get more interesting.

IND 37/2 (4 overs)- Gardner into the attack. We saw what she could do in the Tests and ODIs. She delivers once again. Gets both the openers in the span of four balls. Mandhana holes out to Hannah Darlington at mid-off while Shafali Verma, who manages to hit Gardner for a six right before her dismissal, ultimately finds Wareham in deep midwicket. This is the seventh time Ash Gardner has dismissed Smriti Mandhana in international cricket. We say it again - BUNNY! WICKETS: Smriti Mandhana c Darlington b Gardner 17 (10b 2x4 1x6); Shafali Verma c Wareham b Gardner 18 (14b 0x4 3x6)

 

IND 29/0 (3 overs)- Vlaeminck returns. A wide in the second ball notwithstanding, she's getting those tight lines here against the Indians. Verma is itching to break free and she does as she sends one flying over long on for six.

IND 22/0 (2 overs)- Sophie Molineux into the attack. Smriti is all intent, finding the boundary rope on the first ball. Mandhana is unstoppable as it stands. She follows up with a six over midoff and sweep to square leg for four. 14 run from this Molineux over. Expensive.

IND 8/0 (1 over)- Tayla Vlaeminck will start things off for Australia. The nerves show right away as she oversteps by a mile. It's a No Ball. All in the mind for this youngsters. Shafali Verma hits Vlaemnick for a six over cover. Vlaemnick does well to recover, varying her lengths to try unsettle Verma. Eight runs for India to begin with. A fantastic start.

And action begins in the Gold Coast.
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Before we head to live action, here are some numbers ahead of this first T20I.

1. Shafali Verma is currently on top of the WT20I batting rankings with 759 points. Coincidentally, the top four batters in the rankings have two Indians and Australians. Below Verma in the batters ranking are Beth Mooney, Smriti Mandhana and Meg Lanning.

2. This is Harmanpreet Kaur's 118th appearance, equalling Rohit Sharma's record.

3. Jemimah Rodrigues is 24 runs away from completing 1000 runs in Women's T20Is.

4. Poonam Yadav is only two wickets away from completing 100 wickets in W-T20Is.

5. The Carrara Oval is hosting its first ever W- T20I.

6. Harmanpreet Kaur has the most wins as the W-T20I captain of India (39) and is the only Indian centurion in W-T20I.

7. Smriti Mandhana is 89 runs away from becoming the third Indian to complete 2000 W-T20I runs.

8. Meg Lanning is 86 runs away from 3000 runs in W-T20Is and is the only captain to score two centuries in W-T20Is.

9. Ellyse Perry(115) is the second highest wicket-taker in W-T20Is and is the ONLY player to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in T20I (men's and women's).

10. Alyssa Healy has played 89 consecutive T20Is, the most by any player.

HEAD TO HEAD-

Out of the 20 T20Is played between Australia Women and India Women, Australia holds a upper hand and is leading 14-6. The last T20I between the two nations was in the finals of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup that resulted in India losing by 85 runs.

Australia scored 184 for the loss of four wickets with an opening partnership of 115 runs, before the openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney got out for 75 and 78 respectively.

Chasing 185 proved to be a hard task for India, as wickets fell one after the other and in no time India were all out for 99 runs with Deepti Sharma's 33 being India's only saving grace.


1:40PM IST: TOSS UPDATE: Australia wins toss, to bowl first,
two debutants each - Tahlia McGrath and Hannah Darlington for Australia and Yastika Bhatia and Renuka Singh for India.

India Playing XI:  Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh, Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh

Australia Playing XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Tayla Vlaeminck

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Match preview:

Harmanpreet Kaur’s return from injury will strengthen India as it faces Australia in a three-match T20I series beginning on Thursday.

Harmanpreet missed the One-Day International leg and the day-night Test against Australia due to a thumb injury. But she is now back in the team to add firepower to a batting line-up that comprises a swashbuckling opener in the young Shafali Verma, who complements the flamboyance of Smriti Mandhana at the top of the order.

Mandhana will be high on confidence heading into the last leg of the Australian tour, having scored a magnificent maiden Test hundred less than a week ago. Attention will be on the in-form Shafali, too.

The upcoming matches will give Harmanpreet the perfect opportunity to regain her touch in the shorter formats before next year’s ODI World Cup. She remains one of the biggest match-winners in the game’s shorter formats and will fancy her chances in the coming days.

 

Attacking batter Jemimah Rodrigues hasn’t had the best of time with the national team but will take confidence from her impressive showing in ‘The Hundred’. The bouncy Australian pitches will facilitate Jemimah’s free-flowing game, something that her captain would also look to make use of, as she, too, is a natural stroke-maker.

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A plethora of all-rounders makes Australia a formidable outfit in the shorter formats but this Indian team has the wherewithal to rattle the host. For inspiration, the Indians can look back to a steep chase against Australia in a T20I before the World Cup last year, and Harmanpreet’s onslaught on its bowlers in the 2017 World Cup semifinal.

As has been the case for a while now in T20s, veteran seamer Jhulan Goswami will not play. India is expected to be well-served by the likes of Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar and Shikha Pandey.

Australia will bank on its all-rounders to give it the edge. Captain Meg Lanning is confident a couple of her multi-skilled young stars can make an impact with the bat. Australia is set to hand a T20I debut to in-form all-rounder Tahlia McGrath, who is coming off an impressive outing in the pink ball game.

On the back of her recent form with the ball, Annabel Sutherland is also making a case for selection, while Nicola Carey’s fine track record will ensure she remains in the scheme of things.

SQUADS:

  • India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh (wk), Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh.
  • Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.


Standings in the multi-format series so far:

 PWNR/DPts
Australia4216
India4114

 

WHERE TO WATCH

You can catch the first T20I between India and Australia on the Sony Sports Network. The match will also be streamed live on the Sony Liv app.