India dominate Australia on opening day women’s Test in Mumbai

Cricket News, India are in total command of the one-off Test in Mumbai, racing to 98 for one at stumps of the opening day after bowling Australia out for 219

Dec 21, 2023 - 12:18
Dec 21, 2023 - 12:24
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India dominate Australia on opening day women’s Test in Mumbai
India dominate Australia on opening day women’s Test in Mumbai

India dominate Australia on opening day women’s Test in Mumbai

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India are in complete command of the one-off Test at Wankhede Arena, racing to 98 for one at stumps of the opening day after bowling Australia out for an unobtrusive 219.

Smriti Mandhana (43 not out) thoroughly searched in imperious touch, as did her opening accomplice, Shafali Verma (40), before she was caught lbw off the fourth ball from the left-arm customary spinner Jess Jonassen, in no time before the nearby in Mumbai. Australia's seamers continually missed their lengths and were treated with disdain by the Indian pair, who soared at very nearly a run a ball in their limit bound 90-run stand to cut the shortage to 121 runs

The introduction of Debris Gardner's finger-spin in the tenth over - with India rattling along at 64 without misfortune - finally controlled the house side's barnstorming progress. Australia's seamers - the debutant Lauren Cheatle, the wayward Kim Garth and an in a bad way Ellyse Perry - surrendered 77 from their 12 overs. Conversely, the seven overs from the spinners Gardner and Jonassen cost just 12 runs.

Prior, a blustery 50 off 56 balls from the new bad habit captain, Tahlia McGrath, a dirty 38 from the captain, Alyssa Healy, and Garth's handy unbeaten 28 drove an otherwise disappointing Australia display with the bat in challenging circumstances.

The seamer Pooja Vastrakar (a profession best four for 53) tore the travelers' top and middle separated, capably upheld by the off-spin pair Sneh Rana (three for 56) and Deepti Sharma (two for 45).

Australia found early danger when they plunged to seven for two inside the initial 10 conveyances. The youthful opener, Phoebe Litchfield, was run out in the first over without facing a ball, before Perry was bowled through the gate by Vastrakar for four. Vastrakar, who troubled Australia with her every way crease development, eliminated Beth Mooney (40) with the last ball before lunch, before getting rid of Annabel Sutherland (16) and Debris Gardner (11) in the middle session

Healy, announced as Meg Lanning's permanent captaincy replacement this month, batted boldly in her first thump in quite a while after injuring her right index finger when it was chomped by one of her pet young doggies. Healy's takeoff - bowled attempting to clear Sharma - set off Australia's breakdown, which was rescued late by Garth.

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