Birmingham: Indian fast bowler Renuka Singh Thakur Despite a stellar performance, Australia made a comeback by beating India by three wickets in their first women’s cricket match at the Commonwealth Games on Friday. The 155 run target was not difficult for Australia but Renuka, playing his seventh T20 game, broke the back of the Australian bat taking four wickets for 18 runs in four overs. Australia’s five-wicket run fell for 49 runs, but after that India failed to act as Ashley Gardner (52 off 35 balls) fired the side into the game.
Renuka Singh took four wickets
He shared 51 runs with Grace Harris (37) and 47 runs with Alana King (18 not out). Current T20 and ODI World Champions Australia showed their attitude and preparedness by coming out of the slump and claiming victory. In the power play, Renuka executed a superb fast bowl, fired Alyssa Healy in the very first round. After that, Beth Mooney and Australia captain Meg Lanning took the wickets. Australia’s score was 34 from four when Tahlia McGrath was dismissed.
Indian spinners plundered tracks
Indian spinners Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Yadav gave Australia a chance to come back by conceding 66 runs in six overs. Earlier first at bat India scored 154 in eight based on brilliant innings from captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Shefali Verma. Shefali scored 48 points on 33 balls while Harmanpreet scored 52 points on 34 balls. Indian flyhalf Smriti Mandhana, who took on fast bowler Darcy Brown for the first ball of the competition, ushered in a new era in women’s cricket.
The public was very enthusiastic
Female cricketers plan to make it to the Olympics through the Commonwealth Games. Hosts England were not playing in this match, but long queues were seen ahead of the game outside the 25,000 capacity Edgbaston Stadium. The stadium was half full but there was no noise reduction. Spectators cheered as the fours and sixes came off the bat from the Indian batsmen. Paramjeet, from Birmingham, said: “We love cricket. We also saw the Indian men’s team play here this month. I bought a ticket for £140 for him and got a ticket for £22 today.
India lost 5 wickets to 39 runs in the last over
The Indian side led by Harmanpreet Singh have lost five wickets in 39 runs in the last five overs. Smriti couldn’t convert a strong start into a big run but Shefali and Harmanpreet beat aggressively. Shefali caused panic in the Australian camp by hitting Darcy for three consecutive fours in the 10th. Harmanpreet applied a paddle sweep to Ashley Gardner and gave spinners plenty of advice. He hit Jess Jonassen for the only six innings of the 20th over. Along with this, he also completed his seventh half century in T20 cricket. He could not get the expected support from the other side. The lower middle order did not contribute.