Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

India Women vs Australia Women - Highlights & Stats

India Women vs Australia Women - Highlights & Stats

"She (Mandhana) played really well and that is what we are expecting from her", she said.

Opener Smriti Mandhana smashed a career-best 83 before Indian slow bowlers spun their web against Australia to continue their invincible run with a 48-run win in a group B match of the ICC Women's World Cup here on Saturday.

During the innings, Mandhana became the second-fastest Indian batter, after Mithali Raj, to 1000 T20 global runs, as she continued the momentum despite wickets falling on the other end.

After the match, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur heaped praises on her girls at the post-match presentation ceremony. Both India and Australia were already in the semifinals after winning the first three matches in group B.

Rodrigues said that Harmanpreet's epic 171 during last year's ODI World Cup also came up for discussion during the team meeting on the eve of the Australia match. Against a good side, we need to come out well.

"So I think today also Harry [Harmanpreet] di and Smriti, the partnership they had, I think if Harry di would have stayed for longer, we would have remembered a bit of the same one".

The head knock to one of the most damaging players in the tournament capped off a bad day for the Australians in Guyana, who were barely in the hunt against a dominant India. Obviously we're just anxious for her welfare.

Mandhana gave India a good start after her fellow opening batsman Taniya Bhatia (2) was dismissed in the second over, being caught by Lanning at midwicket off Gardner's ball. It was an outside edge that was brilliantly caught by Elyse Villani at short third man. Kaur and Mandhana batted extremely well.

A beautiful-looking sweep shot then helped Mandhana to complete her fifty in 31 balls. "So I just wanted to score big today", said Mandhana, adding, "Veda insisted on the review, and thanks to her we got 20-30 runs extra".

The Indian skipper continued to find boundaries, making life hard for the Australian bowlers.

However, India lost the wicket of Krishnamurthy (3) on the other end when debutant Vlaeminck pulled off a stunning catch at square leg off Gardner's bowling.

However an attempt to go for another big shot proved fatal as she was caught by Haynes to leave India at 117 for 3 in 13.3 overs.

Mithali has also scored 17 fifties in this format.

Both she and Schutt only had eyes for the ball as the pair collided in the 19th over.

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