Their batting woes sorted, India will fancy their possibilities of claiming the women’s T20 tri-series once they face Australia in the summit clash in Melbourne on Wednesday.
After failing to fireside in unison in their first three league matches, India produced a great batting present to report a seven-wicket win over Australia on Saturday, which took the Harmanpreet Kaur-led facet into the ultimate.
The two sides are on equal footing having received a match against one another in the double-legged league.
Senior opener Smriti Mandhana continued to be the batting bulwark together with Harmanpreet, however essentially the most heartening factor was that 16-year-outdated Shafali Verma got here good in the final sport against Australia.
The residence facet posted 173 for 5, courtesy a 57-ball 93 from Ashleigh Gardner and Meg Lanning’s 22-ball 37, however India overhauled the goal in 19.four overs, largely attributable to opener Shafali’s 49 off 28 balls and Mandhana’s 55 off 48 balls.
After two failures, Shafali gave India a flying begin and her innings contained eight fours and a six. Her senior opening companion Mandhana, however, anchored the chase with a strong knock that comprised seven boundaries.
Jemimah Rodrigues additionally contributed with a quickfire 19-ball 30, which was studded with 5 hits to the fence, whereas Harmanpreet chipped in with a run-a-ball 20 to assist India chase down the goal.
The Indian bowlers have been doing properly in this match with the likes Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad producing constant performances. In the penultimate league match against England, the Indian bowlers did properly to not permit the opponents a straightforward win whereas defending a small complete.
Australia obtained a lift after a straightforward win over England a day after shedding to India. They have a robust batting line-up with opener Berth Mooney amongst runs and one-down Gardner in large kind.
Key gamers Lanning and Ellyse Perry have additionally been in good contact. The solely struggling batter has been the opener Alyssa Healy.
Gardner had high-scored against India in the second league match between the 2 sides, whereas Mooney performed a giant half in the win against England, which took the house facet to the ultimate.
The match is a preparatory occasion for the T20 World Cup starting in Australia on February 21.
The groups (From): India Women: Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Arundhati Reddy, Harleen Deol, Nuzhat Parween, Poonam Yadav.
Australia Women: Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning (capt), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Nicola Carey, Sophie Molineux, Erin Burns, Tayla Vlaeminck. Match begins 8.10am IST. PTI PDS PDS AH AH