Smriti Mandhana slammed an outstanding half-century as India produced an improved batting present to notch up a seven-wicket win over Australia within the fifth T20, preserving themselves within the hunt for the finals on the girls’s triangular collection right here on Saturday.
Put in to bat, Australia posted 173 for five, driving on a 57-ball 93 by Ashleigh Gardner and Meg Lanning’s 22-ball 37 after India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur received the toss and elected to subject at Junction Oval.
India then returned to overhaul the goal, scoring 177 for 3 in 19.four overs. This was their highest chase in T20I cricket.
India chase down Australia’s 173/5 within the final over with seven wickets to spare!
— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2020
Sixteen-year-previous Shafali Verma lastly got here good, blasting a 28-ball 49 to give India a flying begin. Her innings contained eight fours and a six. Smriti Mandhana (55) additionally smashed seven boundaries in her 48-ball innings to anchor the tough chase.
Jemimah Rodrigues additionally got here out all cylinders blazing, making a quickfire 19-ball 30 with 5 fours. In the top, skipper Harmanpreet (20 off 20 balls) and Deepti Sharma (11 off four balls) took the crew house.
Earlier, Gardner despatched the ball throughout the fence 11 occasions and blasted three sixes in her 57-ball innings to emerge as the highest-scorer for Australia.
For India, Deepti Sharma (2/27) was probably the most excellent bowler, snapping two wickets, whereas Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/34), Radha Yadav (1/34) and Harleen Deol (1/21) took one wicket every.
Ellyse Perry (1/33), Megan Schutt (1/26) and Nicola Carey (1/27) accounted for one wicket every for Australia.
With this win, India moved to the second place within the factors desk, behind England.
India had misplaced to Australia and England by an equivalent 4-wicket margin of their final two matches within the collection.
Australia will tackle England within the last league match of the collection on Sunday.
Australia girls: 173 for 5 in 20 overs (Ashleigh Gardner 93; Deepti Sharma 2/27). India girls: 177 for 3 in 19.four overs (Smriti Mandhana 55, Shafali Verma 49; Megan Schutt 1/26).