That's that! Australia win by nine wickets and take a 1-0 lead. They have chased down a 173-run target with utmost ease. On a length on leg stump and she works it behind square. McGrath calls Mooney for a second and makes it. Chasing masterclass from Mooney and Australia!
Australia are yet to lose a match in any format this year, and they are just showing why. They weren't at the top of their game, at least in the death overs with the ball but Mooney and McGrath made it up with the bat. India will need to work on their weaknesses and come back stronger. There, however, isn't a huge turnaround time. The two teams will meet again on Sunday, and we will be there, bringing you the full coverage as always. Till then, this is Ashish, signing off on behalf of behalf of Srinidhi and Sudeep. Goodnight!
Rafi: "Australia had their calculation dead on. By not taking any risky shot they have easily navigated the chase. A very well done performance. India need to find something special to stop them in future. "
Australia captain, Alyssa Healy : [Captaincy] It was not easy when we were out in the field, but great to get the result. I thought they were a bit below par. We knew if we batted well, we could get over the line. We didn't finish well with the ball, but we knew we were in the game. We just need to tidy up in the death overs and in the field. We have a few new personnel there. We just need to tighten things up going forward.
Beth Mooney is the Player of the Match: I love pulling the Australian shirt on. Fortunate to come up against India, who are an incredible opposition. Played a couple of nice shots and got the team over the line. The wicket was beautiful, a fast outfield, and the crowd was great.
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur first up: I think 172 was enough. It was a decent total, we were in the game till the 13th over. We created chances, but the fielding was not up to the mark. In night games, it is tough to judge the ball. Radha is one of our best fielders. Dew played a role. The bowlers tried their best. If we have to win, we have to take those chances.
Tahlia McGrath: Nice to start off with a win. India is a special place to travel, and the crowd was great as well. It starts with training. We work very hard and strive to be better every game. We try and stay ahead of the pack, and that keeps us in good stead ahead of the WC. The Indian batters batted really well, but you got value for your shots here. Moons was outstanding here, and Midge was great.
10.01pm Mooney is the No.1 T20 batter in the world, and she showed just why! That was a batting clinic from her. She started slowly, rotated the strike but made sure the run rate never got out of hand. Whenever the required rate started creeping up, she found the boundaries, and found them with minimum of fuss. She relied on her placement and timing and smashed 89* off 57 balls. She was very well supported by Tahlia McGrath, who scored 40 off 29 balls. The two added an unbeaten 100-run stand for the second wicket to take their side home. Both batters got a life quite early and the duo made sure to cash in. The India bowlers were erratic at times but the fielding was all over the place to put it mildly. There were drop catches, misfields in heaps. The dew did not help too.
Deepti back. Australia need two to win.
short and very wide once more. She gets an under-edge on that cut to find short third, They pinch a single again.
fuller on middle and leg, the slower one again. She dances down and pushes it to long off
slower leg-cutter outside off, she cuts to deep cover
short of a length slower ball outside off. Was the leg-cutter. McGrath is across again, but can't get that hoick in place this time around. Mistimes to square leg.
Rafi: "India need learn from this game and take the positives. It is very poor defending but Australia are a good side with all the players just coming off WBBL. "
On a length down leg, she looks to work it away but is rapped on the pads as the ball rolls away to the on side
short of a length and wide. She mistimes her cut to point and sets off. There is a shy at the non-striker's end, but the fielder misses. Think McGrath would have made it.
Anjali Sarvani back into the attack
Are you kidding me, how's that gone for a boundary! Mooney is timing these so well. Back of a length outside off, she opens the face of the bat, and just places it to the right of Deepti at short third and there is stopping the ball once it beats the fielders.
Umanga: "This Australia batting is something else they bat so deep..India were never going to win it they needed wickets constantly."
A push, that's a mere push, but look at the timing! Back of a length around middle and leg, but Mooney is deep in her crease and works it to the right of short fine leg.
slower short ball around middle. McGrath loses her shape in going for the pull. Miscues it to deep midwicket.
back of a length outside off, she gives herself room and McGrath capitalizes. Cuts it up and over point for a four.
Oh, what a shot! There was risk, but McGrath took it up and got the reward. Length on off, she shuffles across and hoicks it over deep square leg for a massive six.
Ninad: "Never understood Indian Women Strategy of dropping Sneh Rana. She is a match winner and better player than Radha Yadav any given day. "
Length ball just outside off, around the fifth stump. McGrath defends it back to the bowler.
Meghna Singh from over the wicket
That's just reckless bowling! Low full toss outside off, Mooney in the mood she is in, won't miss out on these. Gets the timing on spot to place it to the deep cover fence.
loops it up outside off, Mooney is outside her off stump again and even though the bowler spots it, the batter has enough time to drive across the turf placing it wide of long off
Angles this on a length around off, McGrath prods forward and pushes to wide long off
short and wide and Renuka is lucky that Mooney's cut was well intercepted by Meghna at short third diving to her left.
Full again well outside off, she digs it to deep cover
Length ball outside off, she drives though covers for a couple of runs.
Renuka comes into the attack
This is a batting spectacle from Mooney. The cover fielder was just placed deep. So what does Mooney do. Opens the face of the bat just a little bit to drive the full-length ball wide of that fielder. 18 off that over.
|Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Toss||Australia Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia Women led the 5-match series 1-0|
|Match number||WT20I no. 1312|
|Match days||9 December 2022 - night (20-over match)|