Australia Women beat Indian Women with 4 wickets to spare in the 2nd T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The first match was called off due to rain and could not be completed. Wielding the willow first in the second encounter, the Indian Women side could only post a total of 118/9 on the board.
And, only 2 batters from the Indian Women’s side could cross the 20-run mark. While Pooja Vastrakar scored an attractive 26-ball 37*, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur chipped in with 28 off 20 deliveries. On the bowling front, Tayle Vlaeminck and Sophie Molineux scalped 4 wickets between them.
In the run chase, Beth Mooney scored a sedate 36-ball 34 at the top of the order. Wickets fell at regular intervals, and the Australian side was reduced to 71/5. But then, Tahlia McGrath stood up for the kangaroos and scored a handy 42* to help her side canter past the finish line.
Top Performers from the Match
Rajeshwari Gayakwad was outstanding with the ball for the Indian Women’s side. The left arm spinner scalped 3 wickets for the ‘Women in Blue’ and leaked only 21 runs in her 4-over spell.
Tahlia McGrath played a key role for her side with the bat in hand. The right-hander scored a vital 42* at a strike rate in excess of 125, stayed till the end and ensured that the kangaroos won the match with 4 wickets in hand.
Important stats from the match
- 252 – Ellyse Perry went past Alex Blackwell to become the cricketer to play most Women’s internationals for Australia. She played her 252nd international game today.
What next for both teams
India Women and Australia Women will next face off in the third and final T20I, which will be held at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.