Australia v India, 1st women's T20, Adelaide January 26, 2016

India Women pull off record chase

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India Women 5 for 141 (Kaur 46, Krishnamurthy 35) beat Australia Women 5 for 140 (Healy 41*, Mooney 36) by five wickets
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India Women put up a strong batting performance to win their first T20I in Australia © Getty Images

India Women began their tour of Australia by pulling off their highest ever chase in T20 internationals, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in Adelaide. Before today, their best chase was 128 for 7 against New Zealand in Bangalore in July 2015, but Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy ensured that bar was raised by hauling in Australia Women's 140 for 5 with eight balls to spare.

Australia did well to make as much as they did after getting sent in to bat. They lost opener Grace Harris for a duck to Jhulan Goswami in the first over, and their captain Meg Lanning was bowled by Shikha Pandey in the fourth, leaving them 2 for 17. The other opener Beth Mooney made a run-a-ball 36 on international debut and added 49 with Ellyse Perry before both of them fell in quick succession. When Jess Jonassen was bowled by Anuja Patil for 2, Australia were struggling at 5 for 81 in 15.4 overs.

They were lifted by Alyssa Healy's blitz. She smacked 41 off 15 balls - her strike rate of 273 was the third best for a score of 30 or more in Women's T20 internationals - and she added 59 off the last 26 balls with Alex Blackwell, who was unbeaten on 27 off 22. Healy hit Ekta Bisht for three fours in the 17th over, and then carted Niranjana Nagarajan for consecutive sixes and a four in the 19th to finish the innings powerfully.

India's chase did not begin well either as Mithali Raj was caught for 4 in the second over. Smriti Mandhana and Krishnamurthy (35 off 32) steadied the innings with a 55-run stand for the second wicket, but Australia fought back with three quick strikes - reducing India to 4 for 91 in 14 overs.

Having come in at the fall of the second wicket, Kaur watched two big wickets fall at the other end, the equation boiling down to 50 runs off the last six overs. She had started slowly, scoring only 8 off her first 13 balls, but raised the pace quickly. Kaur struck a six and six fours in the space of 16 deliveries before her dismissal, leaving her team-mates with an easily achieveable equation.

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  • Swarnanka on January 27, 2016, 12:39 GMT

    Congratulations to the Indian women's cricket team. Hope the matches are telecast live in India.

  • ooper_cut on January 27, 2016, 8:20 GMT

    Congrats to the ladies. Shame on Star Sports for not telecasting the match and not even making a mention of it during the entire coverage of the Men's match. Thanks to Haydos, we knew about it at the fag end of the coverage.

  • paddynair on January 27, 2016, 7:09 GMT

    The Womens team need a little biot more exposure.They pulled off a brilliant win in England recently.Apart from England,Australia,NZ(*where women's facilities are substantial !) they are the best side

  • vishalthakkar22 on January 27, 2016, 5:33 GMT

    some very smart scheduling by CA and BCCI to have the matches prior to the boys games and being telecast live with excellent commentary. compliments!

  • vishalthakkar22 on January 27, 2016, 5:31 GMT

    the girls performance was truly fearless and they chased down without too many hiccups. surely would have rubbed off on the boys team which also played some very good cricket. given the way our boys are playing, i suspect Aus will not even think of putting them in to bat if they win the toss again! next game, India looks good to score 220+ if they bat first.

  • satishakumar1073 on January 26, 2016, 22:26 GMT

    Well done girls and boys. Today India republic day celebrations peaked with both wins against Aus.

  • basusri133b on January 26, 2016, 20:07 GMT

    Congratulation Ladies ! A very heart warming performance on our Republic day ! The BCCI needs to do much more to promote Women's Cricket in India.

  • Nampally on January 26, 2016, 18:39 GMT

    Adelaide appears to be a Lucky City for India- Both Men's & Women's teams recorded the wins. Congrats on a fine "W" by the Indian women! When BCCI did not award any contracts to the Women Cricketers, the Team lost. Now with the contracts to the whole team, the difference is greater incentive to Win. Beating the Aussies on their home turf is no joke. Great team work India, keep it up! Another win will improve your chances of moving up the ladder of 8 steps. Great knocks by Kaur & Krishnamurthy not withstanding a poor start. Way to Go Team India!

  • pmukund_ on January 26, 2016, 17:54 GMT

    Congratulations Indian women's team!! Way to go and all the best for a rising future!

  • Jose...P on January 26, 2016, 15:13 GMT

    Congrats, India women's team.

    Indian women's cricket needs far better support and encouragement. The ladies are asking for that through deeds and not just words. Recently BCCI increased their 'wages', a bit. Far more support is needed.

    P.S. Ian Healy, you can be very proud of your niece.

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