Australia defeats India by 9 wickets thanks to Mooney

Australia beat India by nine wickets in Mumbai . Beth Mooney hit 89 runs from 57 balls to win the match .

Mumbai (Maharashtra) (India) (December 9, 2017) : Australia defeated India by a nine-wicket margin in the first T20I of the five-match series at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy on Friday, when opener Beth Mooney crushed the Indian bowlers.As Australia cruised to the 172-run target with 11 balls to spare, Mooney smashed the ball all over the park to score a match-winning knock of 89(57).In her inning, the pitcher smashed an astonishing 16 boundaries.In the second inning, India was sloppy with its bowling and fielding, and they never looked to dominate the game.

Devika Vaidya took the only wicket for India, dismissing the Aussie captain.Tahlia McGrath, an all-rounder, remained unbeaten with a dominant knock of 40(29), while captain Alyssa Healy scored a useful 37(23) to give Australia a good start, chasing 173 for the victory.Australia won the toss and decided to bowl earlier this season, considering the dew that proved to be a threat to the Indian team in the second inning.Shafali Verma came out all guns blazing in a 21(10) cameo that included two boundaries and two sixes.

India closed their powerplay at 482 points.In the eighth round, India was reduced to 593, with Mandhana out to Annabel Sutherland.Captain Harmanpreet Kaur stepped in to bat and attempted to keep the innings steady but in the process consumed some deliveries, decreasing the scoring rate.Kim Garth dismissed her in the 12th over for a knock of 21(23).

Richa Ghosh then walked out to bat, which changed the course of the game.Over the course of her 20-ball stint, she smashed 36 runs, helping India up the ante.In the 17th over, Deepti Sharma was dismissed after dancing down th wicket in an attempt to hit the bowler over her head for a boundary.Nevertheless, her inning gave India the much-needed momentum as she gained the confidence to attack from the first ball.

India topped a challenging total with eight fours, according to her.For her defiant innings of 89* runs from 57 balls, Beth Mooney was named Player of the Match.Brief Score: Australia 1731 defeated India 1725 (Deepti Sharma 36*, Richa Ghosh 36; Ellyse Perry 2-10) (Beth Mooney 89*, Tahlia McGrath 40*, Devika Vaidya 1-33) in a single match.

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