Meg Lanning hits out on her way to an unbeaten 35.
Meg Lanning hits out on her way to an unbeaten 35.

In-form Aussies start T20 series with a bang

AUSTRALIA have claimed a six-wicket win against India in the opening match of the women's Twenty20 tri-series in Mumbai.

Chasing India's 5-152, Australia lost opener Alyssa Healy (4) early but a quickfire 15 from Ashleigh Gardner put them back on track.

Fellow opener Beth Mooney (45) and Elyse Villani (39) combined for an 80-run stand before both fell to the experienced Jhulan Goswami (3-30).

Requiring a run a ball, captain Meg Lanning (35no) and Rachael Haynes (12no) took Australia home with 11 balls to spare.

After losing the toss, India made a strong start reaching 72 before Gardner (2-22) removed Mithali Raj (18) and the dangerous Smriti Mandhana (67).

Ellyse Perry was again impressive..
Ellyse Perry was again impressive..

Australia managed to stem the flow of runs with Ellyse Perry (2-31) picking up two middle-order wickets, but a late 21-ball 35 to Anuja Patil was enough to push India's total past the 150-mark.

Lanning said it was a pretty good performance by Australia.

"I thought we were under the pump a little bit with the ball early. Mandhana was taking it to us a fair bit those couple of wickets in the middle changed the game," she said.

"We were pretty happy chasing 150. We thought par was a little bit more than that and our batters did a good job as well."

All-rounder Sophie Molineux had a day to remember on debut, the youngster claiming three catches.

She said it was a dream come true to make her Australian debut.

"It was pretty special. I actually got a tear in my eye which was quite nice," she said.

"Obviously a dream of mine and to be here in India and to have my cap presented ... was a really special moment and I'll remember it really fondly."

Australia have little time to celebrate. Their next match is on Friday against England, also in Mumbai.


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