Australia women beat India by 6 wkts in T20 tri-series opener
Mar 24 2018 by Marjorie Miles
"If I am set and hitting the ball well, I should continue, like Mithali di does, we have to learn from our seniors", she added. "I have been timing the ball well, and we [as a team] are not learning from our mistakes from what we had [made] in the one-dayers".
Australian Opener Beth Mooney started the chase with Healy, losses first wicket in the first over of innings, Jhulan bowled her in a straight delivery and got the first breakthrough for her team. We are all enjoying it. "The good thing about T20 tournaments is that momentum can be carried forward". Twice they were down to two new batters on crease, twice they built on.
In reply, Australia equalled their highest-ever chase in shortest format, comfortably winning in 18.1 overs despite a fine effort by veteran Jhulan Goswami (3/30), who unfortunately lacked support from the other end.
Fellow opener Beth Mooney (45) and Elyse Villani (39) combined for an 80-run stand before the duo both fell to the experienced Jhulan Goswami (3-30).
But then skipper Meg Lanning (35 not out in 25 balls) and Rachael Haynes (12 not out) ensured that no further damaged was done and took the side home with 11 balls to spare.
Gardner provided the first breakthrough by getting Mithali stumped by Healy for 18.
Although Goswami removed the risky Mooney in her second spell, the damage had been done as Aussies were cruising at 108 in the 13th over.
"It was unbelievable to see some bowleds of some Australian players. Our bowling unit has to step-up and create the pressure which we haven't done in the ODIs", Mandhana said.
Given India's call to play only Poonam Yadav as a frontline spinner and Anuja Patil as the other, perhaps to not give Australia's more opportunities to attack, part-timers Harmanpreet and Rodrigues were called in, but to no avail.
The biggest problem was that save Goswami, the other two seamers Shikha Pandey (0/25 in 2 overs) and Rumeli Dhar (0/28 in 2.1 overs).
"We were looking to bowl as well but now that we are batting, need to put a good score on the board".
The match was kicked off on Thursday when India was asked to bat by the Aussies and opener Smriti Mandhana scored 67 runs off 41 balls, paving the way for the rest.
The pint-sized all-rounder played some cheeky shots to get her runs, but showed her range with boundaries all over the ground at any chance she got. Pooja is avery good bowler and has scored a lot of runs as well.