Australia have kept their impressive unbeaten run alive with a strong win against India in Mumbai overnight (AEDT).
Beth Mooney’s unbeaten 89 helped the visitors chase down India’s total of 172, with Australia emerging nine-wicket victors.
The result means that Australia’s women’s cricket side are still yet to lose a match across all formats in 2022, with just four matches remaining in the calendar year.
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More than 25,000 fans were in attendance at the Dr. D.Y. Patil Sports Academy, and India used the home crowd support to post a strong total.
Shafali Verma got India off to a fast start but was dismissed in the third over for 21 runs.
The latter stages of the inning belonged to Richa Ghosh and Deepti Sharma who top-scored for the ‘Women in Blue’ with 36 runs each.
In a solid team performance, every Indian batter contributed more than 20 runs (except for Jemimah Rodrigues, who fell for a duck).
Australia’s bowlers took a total of five wickets with Ellyse Perry picking up a team-high two wickets.
Notably, all-rounder Kim Garth – who took the wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur – made history as the first woman to play T20Is for two different countries, having previously represented Ireland.
Two debutants in Mumbai today 🧢🧢
Anjali Sarvani was the leading wicket-taker in the Inter-State Women’s T20 this year, with 17 wickets at an average of 5.70 👏
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 9, 2022
India’s target, however, was confidently chased by Australia, who only dropped one wicket in a confident display.
Mooney showed why she is one of women’s cricket’s top batters, hitting 89 runs off just 57 balls, remaining at the crease for the entire innings.
The 28-year-old worked in tandem with Alyssa Healy for the first nine overs, before her partner was caught on 37 runs off a Devika Vaidya delivery.
Tahlia McGrath then came in to pair with Mooney in the middle, scoring 40 runs of her own as Australia surpassed India’s total with 11 balls to spare.
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With Meg Lanning on indefinite leave, Healy captained the side for the first time.
The wicketkeeper was pleased with the win, but acknowledged there were plenty of areas in which to improve.
“Let me tell you, it wasn’t that easy when we were on the field,” Healy said.
“But it was great to get a result.
“I thought [India] were below par with 172. As per stats, 185 is a par score here.
“We didn’t finish great with the ball but we knew we were in the game and if we batted well we could get over the line.
“We’ll look to tidy up the death bowling because we didn’t finish well with the ball and some other areas in the field.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 9, 2022
Australia’s victory over India marked the first game of a five-match T20I series to be played between the two nations throughout December.
The countries will face off in the second T20I on Monday, December 12, with the action to begin at 12:30 am (AEDT).