The women’s cricket team from India gave a stellar performance on the field as they swept away victory from Australia by five wickets in the opening match of the Twenty20 International. This opening match of the three-match series was played in Adelaide, Australia yesterday.
Our Indian team captain, Mithali Raj, won the toss in the beginning of the match and chose to bowl. They did an amazing job at bowling as the Australian team could only score 141 run in 18.4 overs before heading back to the pavilion. Raj’s decision proved right as the win was possible because of great bowling by the team and wicket-catching skills.
Leg-spinner from the Indian team stood out as the top wicket-taker as she in her four overs she grabbed 2-26. Others who grabbed one wicket each were ace-pacer Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Anuka Patil. Raj was the opening batswoman, but could not get as many runs. But the rest of the top-order played well. Harmanpreet Kaur proved to be the player-of-the-match among the lot as she earned 46 runs in 36 balls. Smriti Mandhan with 29 runs and Veda Krishnamurthy with 36 run also contributed to the win.
The series now moves to Melbourne where the match will be played on Friday this week and then to Sydney for the last match in this series on Sunday. After this series, the two teams also plan to play a three-match ODI series early next month.
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