Brisbane. Australia women’s team defeated Indian team by 36 runs in the warm-up match. In this way, the team could not start well under the leadership of captain Mithali Raj. Mithali is the number-1 batsman in ODIs. Playing first, Australia scored 278 runs for 9 wickets in 50 overs. In reply, the Indian team could only score 242 runs for 7 wickets. The three-match ODI series is starting from September 21. The team also has to play one day-night Test and three T20 matches on the tour.
The start of Australia, who went to play first, was not good. Alyssa Healy fell victim to fast bowler Jhulan Goswami after scoring 8 runs. After this, opener Rachel Haynes (65) and captain Meg Lenning (59) took over the team by adding 118 runs for the second wicket. Haynes faced 71 balls and hit 8 fours. While playing 57 balls, Lenning hit 8 fours and a six. Beth Mooney scored 59 to take the team’s score beyond 250 runs. He faced 52 balls. Hit 6 fours. For India, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav took 3 wickets for 28 runs in 6 overs. Jhulan Goswami also got 2 wickets.
Didn’t @sthalekar93 enjoy this one-hander from Beth Mooney during our practice match against India!
— Australian Women’s Cricket Team (@AusWomenCricket) September 18, 2021
Very bad start for India
Chasing the target, the Indian women’s team could not start well. Senior batsman Smriti Mandhana was out on the ball of Alyssa Perry after scoring 10 runs. Captain Mithali Raj could also score only one run. T20 number-1 batsman Shefali Verma scored 27 runs in 21 balls. He hit 5 fours. But she too could not play a big innings. Richa Ghosh was dismissed after scoring 11 runs. The team lost 4 wickets for 88 runs. After this, Yastika Bhatia scored 41, Pooja Vastrakar 57 and Deepti Sharma scored 49 not out. But the team could only score 242 runs for 7 wickets. 19-year-old fast bowler Stella Campbell took 3 wickets.
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ODI series from 21
The three-match ODI series between India and Australia is starting from September 21. The second and third ODI will be played on 24 and 26 September respectively. The day-night test is to be held from September 30. At the same time, three T20 matches will be played on 7 October, 9 October and 10 October. This tour is important in terms of preparations for the ODI World Cup to be held in New Zealand next year.
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