AUS-W vs IND-W HIGHLIGHTS: Tahlia McGrath steers run-chase as Australia pips India by four wickets

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Tahlia McGrath of Australia bats during game two of the International Women's T20 series between Australia and India at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's HIGHLIGHTS of the 2nd T20I between Australia Women and India Women in Carrara. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and Dhruva Prasad bringing you all the updates from the game.

MATCH RECAP

Tahlia McGrath (42* off 33) and opener Beth Mooney (34 off 36) top-scored for Australia in a low-scoring thriller to take their side over the line by six wickets.

Chasing 119, the host was reeling at 46/4. Shikha Pandey removed Alyssa Healy on the second ball of the innings with a searing in-swinger that clipped the latter's stumps. Skipper Meg Lanning joined Mooney to take the score to 35 before perishing to Gayakwad. Gardner and Perry fell in quick succession as the Indian spinners Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma took control, removing Mooney in the 13th over to dimiss half the side for 71. McGrath then paired with Carey for a 23-run stand before the latter fell to a third stumping off Gayakwad's bowling, with Australia still needing 25 runs from 20 balls.

However, a determined McGrath prevented further inroad by the Indians while new batter Wareham struck two fours in Pandey's 18th over, leaving the host 14 runs to get from the last two overs. Some sloppy fielding on the boundary also helped the Australians along the way. McGrath joined the party to hit Renuka for consecutive boundaries in the 19th and level the scores at the end of the over. She fittingly took a single off the first ball of the final over to take the side home.

Put in to bat, India was off to a horrendous start with the top three sent packing with 24 on the board. Two run outs of Yastika Bhatia and Deepti put India in deeper trouble. Pooja Vastrakar's cameo of 37 off 26 with three fours and two sixes gave the batting a little lift and lead the team to 118/9, giving the bowlers a shot at making a match of it.

However, McGrath's gritty innings at the end proved too much for the total posted by India, as the host took the match and multi-format series.

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With the win, Australia also takes an unassailable 9-5 lead in the multi-format series. Early breakthroughs would have given the Indians a glimmer of hope after posting a modest 118 in 20 overs. However, Mooney and McGrath steadied the innings before the latter held her nerve in the final two overs to give Australia the win.

LIVE: AUS: 119/6 (19.1 overs)

AUS 119/6 (19.1 overs): Vastrakar to McGrath and a single and Australia wins.

AUS 118/6 (19 overs): FOUR! Loose full-toss on the stumps by Renuka and McGrath clubs it over the bowler for a boundary.  FOUR! Steps out slightly and pierced between cover and extra cover for another four.  AUS needs 6 off 10 balls.  Two more for McGrath.  Single for Wareham and Australia inches closer to a win.  Another single to McGrath and she doesn't succumb to the temptation of a glory shot.  Single and Wareham retains strike. Scores level.

AUS 105/6 (18 overs): Pandey to bowl out. FOUR! Driven on the full by Wareham at deep point and a terrible effort by Deepti to let through a boundary.  Full outside off again and Wareham stretches to push it and gets one.  FOUR! Full and driven again by Wareham and a fumble at long-off to gift a four.

AUS 94/6 (17 overs): Gayakwad to bowl out. Direct throw would have got Carey! Shafali takes time to throw at the non-striker's. FOUR! Deft footwork as Mcgrath steps out and hits it behind square for four. OUT! Carey is gone. Tossed up and Carey misses after stepping out. Another stumping for Ghosh.

AUS 88/5 (16 overs): Renuka back with the ball.  Just six from it. Renuka bowling tight lines and varying her pace to deny the batters any room to open their arms. The asking rate has almost climbed to 8 rpo now. A thriller on the cards.

AUS 82/5 (15 overs): FOUR! Kaur goes full and outside off and McGrath hammers it past long-off for four. Six from the over.

AUS 76/5 (14 overs): OUT! Gayakwad gets another one. Mooney steps out, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball and Ghosh completes the stumping behind the stumps.  Carey gets off the mark first ball with one. FOUR! McGrath edges one to third for four. Lucky but important runs for Australia.

AUS 71/4 (13 overs): Vastrakar into her third over. Struck straight down the bowler who misfields as Mooney takes two.  FOUR! Mcgrath shuffles to the off for a drive and gets an inside edge that flies past a diving Kaur at mid-wicket for four.

AUS 62/4 (12 overs): Deepti keeps it full to allow batters only singles. Loose last ball McGrath tucks it off the pads for two

AUS 56/4 (11 overs): Vastrakar continues. Two outside edges and Australia survives twice. McGrath edges one to the keeper. Ghosh dives but the ball slips. Mooney edges it this time trying to push it on off. Ghosh gets it in the glove on the bounce. Just three off it. 

AUS 53/4 (10 overs): OUT! Deepti gets Perry first ball. Perry drives on the full and Kaur gobbles it at cover.  FOUR! Swept down leg again and Mooney finds the fence.

AUS 46/3 (9 overs): Gayakwad continues. Clipped off the pads to long-on for one. Batters run off a misfield and almost risk a run out.  FOUR! Swept on a full one on the leg backward of square. 

AUS 38/3 (8 overs): Kaur gets herself into the attack. Two singles to begin with. Beaten! OUT! Slightly short and Gardner cuts straight to Gayakwad at point.

AUS 35/2 (7 overs): Gayakwad introduces spin. Single to Lanning as Gayakwad goes short. OUT! Gayakwad lures Lanning forward who misses and Ghosh completes the stumping. Gardner in. Three dots to end the over.

AUS 33/1 (6 overs): FOUR! What a strike by the skipper. Lanning welcomes Vastrakar by crunching it over the bowler's head for a four straight down the ground. Some amazing outswingers. A second one gets Lanning on the forearm and one leg-bye. FOUR! Mooney cuts it behind point off a short one.

AUS 24/1 (5 overs): FOUR! Cut sharply by Lanning and two fielders dive over the ball at point to concede the boundary.

AUS 16/1 (4 overs): Renuka continues. She keeps the batters quiet with full lengths before going short on last ball and allowing Mooney to pull for four at deep square leg.

AUS 9/1 (3 overs): Single for Lanning down third and she's off the mark. Just three singles follow as Pandey continues with some astounding swing.

AUS 4/1 (2 overs): Renuka from the other end. Short on leg and angling in to left-hander Mooney. Dot ball. Renuka keeps it tight with back of length in the channel area. Sliced to point and a dot. Maiden over!

AUS 4/1 (1 over): Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney are out in the middle. FOUR! Pandey to Healy and pulled for four. OUT! Cleaned up. Pandey swings it in dramatically to castle the opener. Swing again. Lanning beaten on the in-swinger again. LBW appeal next ball but turned down. Incisive swing bowling from Pandey.


TIME FOR THE CHASE. 118 TO TIE. 119 TO WIN.
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Here's a glimpse of Pooja Vastrakar's powerful innings



Indian innings recap:
It's been a nightmare day in the middle for the Indian batting lineup. Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma fell in the powerplay. Jemimah Rodrigues could not recreate her heroics from the first T20I. Harmanpreet Kaur looked in good touch with some wristy shots, but she fell before being able to stabilise the Indian innings. Bad communication was one of the biggest factors in this game, with two run outs coming from the issue. Richa Ghosh found herself involved in Yastika Bhatia and Deepti Sharma's runouts. It took a late flourish from Pooja Vastrakar to get India to 118 and give India a chance to fight for a win given the firepower in the Aussie lineup. Another highlight today was Australia's clean fielding. Lessons have been learnt from the matches past in this series as Lanning and Co. did a great job on the field today.

Can india defend this score successfully and stay alive in the series? We will find out in just a bit. Join us for the chase.

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STAT: This 37-run stand between Gayakwad and Vastrakar is the highest 10th wicket stand for India in T20Is.

IND 118/9 (20 overs): Darlington to finish. Vastrakar means business from ball one, starting off with a powerful shot down the ground for four. Half volley from Darlington dispatched. She tries to go aerial again but McGrath-Molineux stop the boundary and send it back, not before she gets 2 runs. Vastrakar is determined. She gets her maximum as she swings again and goes straight down the ground for SIX. BEAUTIFUL BATTING from Pooja Vastrakar. She swings again but does not get the distance - dot ball. Last ball, India six runs short of 120. Vastrakar slices this to deep midwicket. Gardner is there but she can't stop this from going through. India finishes with 118 runs on the board. Mighty spirited effort here from Pooja Vastrakar who will hope to make an impact with the ball as well.

IND 102/9 (19 overs): Molineux returns. India gets to the 100 run mark. Oh it's been a hard journey to get here and the crowd is roaring! What game is not a home game for the Indian sides! Vastrakar doing a Dhoni with a helicopter shot there but just the one run as the ball runs along the ground for this one. Molineux appeals for lbw for Gayakwad but it seems to be missing leg stump. Umpire unfazed. Just three runs from this over. One over left. How much can India get?

IND 99/9 (18 overs): Carey returns and starts with a wide right at the start. This Indian side has been written off and for good reason but Pooja Vastrakar is up for the fight. She starts off with a six down long off and a four courtesy a beautiful cover drive. 10 RUNS. Vastrakar can actually get India to a decent total if Rajeshwari Gayakwad can also hold her own at the other end. She won't just survive but will contribute too. She manages to get this above her arm, beyond Healy down to the boundary for FOUR. 18 Runs in total from this over
IND 81/9 (17 overs):
Molineux is back and we have a batter facing her first international deliveries here- Renuka Singh Thakur. But Molineux has decided to give her some rest before the Indians come out to defend. BOWLED. She sends down a full length delivery. Renuka has left her stumps exposed and tries to negotiate the link but that middle stump is hit. WICKET Renuka Singh Thakur b Molineux 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)

This was a nightmare.



IND 78/8 (16 overs): Gardner returns.
The Indian communication systems are malfunctioning today and Australia will benefit hugely. Absolute disaster this from Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar. Sharma has swept this delivery to the deep square leg boundary but Perry has blocked it there and rocked it back. Tahlia McGrath gets in on the action to throw it back to the keeper. BUT WHAT IS THIS! Both batters are at the same end. Alyssa Healy waits for a few heavy seconds to see who she is running out. Third umpire to decide. Deepti was the last to get in and she will make the long frustrating walk back to the pavilion. Shikha Pandey takes her place. There's work to do here for the innings but Gardner has other plans. She sends a ripper down and Pandey misses, with her stumps disarray! Beautiful from Gardner. India has lost two batters in this over for three runs. WICKETS Deepti Sharma run out (McGrath/†Healy) 16 (19b 1x4 0x6); Shikha Pandey b Gardner 1 (3b 0x4 0x6)

IND 75/6 (15 overs): Hannah Darlington comes into the attack.
Healy is up to the stumps. Three runs come off the over. Five overs are left, how much can India manage?

IND 71/6 (14 overs): Carey is back.
The momentum of this game has turned in Australia's favour completely. Six runs come off this over with Sharma and Vatrakar rotating the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking.

IND 65/6 (13 overs): Gardner returns. 
Four runs off this over. Goes relatively quietly but has an lbw appeal threatening to end Deepti Sharma's time in the middle. Replays show the ball going well above middle stump. Umpire shuts down the appeals anyway so no harm. Also no DRS, so why debate at all!

IND 61/6 (12 overs): Nicola Carey into the attack now.
India needs to go at 8 runs an over to be able to manage 130. Carey's been disciplined so far and her efforts will be rewarded with a wicket. Richa Ghosh's stumps are wrecked! She tries to swing and misses with the ball going straight between middle and leg stump. Bowled clean! Beautiful to watch. WICKET Richa Ghosh b Carey 2 (10b 0x4 0x6)

IND 60/5 (11 overs): Wareham returns. 
Deepti Sharma knows the job and knows it well. She's paddled this and swept it fine for four runs. Lovely shot this, Wareham's legbreak notwithstanding. Seven runs come off this over in total for India.

STAT: Last 15 balls, 12 runs and 2 wickets. Australia well and truly in control
IND 53/5 (10 overs): Gardner returns
and gets some swing right at the start. Can she get a wicket today? Well she doesn't but Australia gets another Indian batter out. A huge mix up follows after Richa Ghosh negotiates Gardner on the leg side. Yastika wants to run for two. Ghosh doesn't seem to be on the same page. Healy screams for the ball and gets Yastika out. There was no second run there. Clearly there was no communication either. Deepti Sharma comes in now.  WICKET Yastika Bhatia run out (Wareham/†Healy) 8 (11b 1x4 0x6)
India fans, look away. Here is the video of that Kaur dismissal



IND 50/4 (9 overs): Georgia Wareham comes into the attack.
Yastika is not to be left out in the boundary party. She drives Wareham square in the second ball to get going. Harman and Yastika are happy to rotate the strike for the next few deliveries. The Indian skipper then tries to send a tossed up delivery from Wareham to the stands and comes down the pitch but can't quite connect. The ball goes to Healy behind the stumps who makes no mistake and knocks off the bails to send Harman back to the hut. India in trouble here. WICKET Harmanpreet Kaur st †Healy b Wareham 28 (20b 5x4 0x6)

IND 43/3 (8 overs): Perry returns for her second over. She's neat with her line and length but Harman is a class player. She stands still and sends a wristy shot, playing it late, to fine leg for four runs. Perry concedes a wide and then gets a short ball punished by Harman cuts her square for another boundary. Harman is not done. She sends Perry to the boundary again to finish the over, this time to square leg. 15 overs from the over - the most expensive of the match so far.

Mott: Lot of big moments, with the milestones and the debutants. It feels like we're clapping nonstop at the warm-ups. Hahaha.

IND 28/3 (7 overs): Ash Gardner into the attack now. Run out chance here, but India gets off safely. Yastika sweeps square and sets off but Kaur has to dive desperately to make it back on time. No harm done for now. India with its heart in its mouth. Three runs come off this Gardner over.

Mott: We learnt a lot of lessons the other night. It wasn't out tidiest powerplay. Three quality wickets in the powerplay is a big bonus for us. Getting a few wickets early will nullify the Indian gameplan.

IND 25/3 (6 overs): Molineux is not to be left behind. She has a wicket to her name and it is the dangerous Jemimah Rodrigues. Great start for Australia. Jemimah tries to clear the field but gets too much height. Hannah Darlington is happy to pocket that to send Jemi back to the pavilion. India in familiar waters now. Yastika Bhatia joins Harmanpreet. WICKET Jemimah Rodrigues c Darlington b Molineux 7 (13b 0x4 0x6)

IND 24/2 (5 overs): 
Vlaemnick gets her third over in the powerplay. DROPPED. OH MY. Tay would have had her third wicket if that Ash Gardner dive had worked but she can't hold on. Lifeline for Harman who is happy to convey her gratitude with back to back boundaries - one flicked over square leg and the second elegantly flicked square again.  10 runs and a dropped catch from the over. Will this cost Australia?

IND 14/2 (4 overs): Perry comes into the attack now. Her first over in the powerplay in the T20 leg of the series. Why does Perry not have a slip? Thick edge off Jemimah's bat. OH THICK EDGE. Jemimah is asking Lanning why a slip's not there too. Goes wide and down the ground to the rope, but Nicola Carey stops it in time. Lanning gets the message and now has a slip placed there. Perry is tidy. Just the two runs from this over.

What a difference between the first T20I and this one. That's the impact a good start has. India now in a spot of trouble with both openers back in the hut but the batters out there now are legends in their own right. Harman and Jemimah's T20 credentials are for everyone to see and the side will rely on them now to steady the innings.

IND 12/2 (3 overs):
Vlaemnick returns. That wicket should have done wonders for her confidence and YES IT HAS! She has her second wicket of the day - Shafali Verma also goes early, going aerial and finding Hannah Darlington at mid-on. WICKET Shafali Verma c Darlington b Vlaeminck 3 (7b 0x4 0x6)
IND 9/1 (2 overs):
Sophie Molineux into the attack now. The spinners have been good for the Aussies all through the series. Four runs come off the over - Verma and Rodrigues are happy to negotiate in singles. What a difference

Oh what this means is we won't see Ash Gardner supremacy vs Mandhana then. Gardner has taken Mandhana's wicket seven times!

IND 5/1 (1 over):
Vlaemnick strikes around the 115kmph mark. It's been an erratic start from the speedster. She is coming out of a very long layoff - from COVID lockdown and an injury. She's going to take some time to get into a rhythm here. But she is not going to complain as she's got Smriti Mandhana! 9 balls in the over and Mandhana goes in the last ball! Vlaemnick sends in a full length ball and Mandhana holes out to Nicola Carey at midwicket. WICKET: Smriti Mandhana c Carey b Vlaeminck 1 (5b 0x4 0x6)

And we begin. Tayla Vlaemnick will get things going for Australia. Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana take guard for India.
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TOSS: Australia has won the toss and will bowl first, both XIs unchanged. A funny moment here for both captains and India, cannot for the life of the game, win a toss in this series.


TOSS: Australia has won the toss and will bowl first, both XIs unchanged. A funny moment here for both captains and India, cannot for the life of the game, win a toss in this series.

TEAMS:

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


Weather update:
  Sunny in the Gold Coast today. Let's hope rain stays away and we get a full game today.

BIG STAT: Ellyse Perry is all set to overtake Alex Blackwell as Australia's most capped female player

First T20I recap:

Jemimah Rodrigues smashed a stylish 49 off 36 balls before heavens opened up to force the abandonment of the first Women's T20 International between India and Australia on Thursday.

India scored at a quick clip to reach 131 for 4 in 15.2 overs and was looking good for a total of around 165 plus when heavy rains put paid to the hopes of a complete game.

However, for the Indian team, their positive approach towards batting was a welcome change with Smriti Mandhana (17 off 10 balls) and Shafali Verma (18 off 14 balls) providing a rollicking start.

 

It was a rare occasion when Australia conceded over 50 runs in the Powerplay overs as Indian batters never lost the tempo although save Jemimah, none of the other top-order players could convert their starts.

Jemimah's innings had seven boundaries, and she was at the crease with the stocky Richa Ghosh (17 off 13 balls) at the time of disruption.

Australia never got to bat as rain washed out the game with both teams awarded a point each. India needs to win both games remaining to win the series, while Australia needs to register a win in this game to take an unassailable lead.

Quick look at the points table again

TeamPWNR/DPts
Australia5227
India5125


HEAD TO HEAD-

Out of the 21 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 before this series was in the finals of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup that resulted in India losing by 85 runs.

Do you remember the last time these two teams clashed in a T20? Well, 86,174 people definitely do! Here's a recap of that T20 World Cup final.



Match preview: Aggressive India looks to keep the momentum going

Bolstered by Jemimah Rodrigues' return to form, India will look to come out all guns blazing in the second women's T20 International against Australia on Saturday after rain played spoilsport in the opening game here.

Criticised for her consistent failures and after losing her place in the 50-over set-up, Jemimah made a sensational comeback with an unbeaten 49 off 36 balls in the first T20I.

The 21-year-old continued her impressive showing from 'The Hundred' to anchor the Indian innings and her return has added more firepower to the batting line-up which includes the elegant Smriti Mandhana and the young and dashing Shafali Verma at the top-order.

Mandhana and Shafali have been in good form during this tour, having played pivotal roles in the drawn Test and also gave India a rollicking start in the first T20 on Thursday.

READ: Jemimah shines before first India-Australia WT20I is abandoned due to rain

Harmanpreet Kaur also joined the team in the first game after missing the ODI leg and the day/night Test owing to a thumb injury. Her presence makes India a formidable batting unit, which can tear into any opposition.

India didn't have a good start to the tour as it took some time to adapt to the conditions, losing the first two ODIs but since then, it has dominated the proceedings.

After bringing an end to the Aussies' three-year world-record streak of 26 wins with a two-wicket victory in the final ODI, India produced a dominating show in the four-day pink ball Test, which was drawn following rain interruptions on the first two days.

On Thursday, India looked set to post a good total on the board as it scored at a quick pace and was 131 for 4 in 15.2 overs before the game was washed out and Harmanpreet and Co. will look to win the next two T20s to end the tour on a high.

The back-to-back games will also be about fine-tuning its skills and regaining touch ahead of next year's ODI World Cup, especially for Harmanpreet, who missed out on game time due to multiple injury setbacks.

It will also be a big opportunity for the young duo of Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh to shine in the middle order.

In the bowling department, veteran seamer Shikha Pandey will carry the onus of getting early wickets, while the likes of Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh and Pooja Vastrakar, and spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma will also look to do their job.

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Australia, on the other hand, boasts of a number of quality all-rounders in the shorter formats and the host will depend on them to tame the Indians.

Captain Meg Lanning has plenty of options and she will hope the young stars will deliver in the next two matches.

All-rounder Tahlia McGrath, who was impressive in the pink ball Test, conceded 14 runs on debut in the only over she bowled on Thursday and she will be itching to prove a point. Young Hannah Darlington too will look to grab the opportunities.

The host also has plenty of experience in Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Ashleigh Gardner and Beth Mooney to trouble the Indians.

Match starts at 1.40pm IST.

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.


WHERE TO WATCH

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