Fourth wicket! Poonam Yadav entices Gardner (20), who came out to hit big but was not clear long-off, where Veda took the catch – her third of the day. 59/4
Radha Yadav strikes off the first ball of his second over to dismiss Aussie skipper Meg Lanning (10), caught by Veda on the fence. 56/3
Gardner brings up Australia’s fifty with a six off Poonam Yadav in 8.2 overs.
End of Over 8:
Gardner (11 *) and Lanning (9 *) have turned slightly cautious in the last two overs after the double blow by Deepti. 48/2
Two boundaries by Gardner – first off Australia 39/2 in 6 overs
Double wicket for India! First Deepti gets Villani (6) caught by Veda in the deep and then cleans up Mooney (19). 27/2
End of Over 4:
Seven runs from the over bowled by Anuja, with Mooney (19 * off 16) taking on the Indian bowlers. 27/0
End of Over 2:
Anuja starts with a clean three-run over of her off-breaks, which pulls off after an expensive first over. 14/0
End of Over 1:
Arundhati starts on a expensive note as Mooney hits the Indian medium-pacer for two consecutive boundaries in an 11-run over. 11/0
INDIA INNINGS (167/8)
End of 20 Overs:
Smriti Mandhana (83 off 55) and Harmanpreet Kaur (43 off 27) power India to 167/8 in their final Group B match. Ellyse Perry takes 3/16 to be the most successful Australian bowler It’s the highest number of runs Australia has conceded in a World T20 match. Gardner and Molineux took two wickets each.
Wicket! Big one! Smriti Mandhana (83 off 55 balls) caught in deep mid-wicket by Perry off the bowling of Schutt. India 154/6
End of 18 Overs:
India 145/5 and Smriti (83 *) just 17 runs away from his first T20I century.
Six No. 3 from Smriti Mandhana, who brings up his 1000 T20I runs in 49 innings, which makes his second fastest Indian to the mark after Mithali Raj
Dragged on! Hemalatha (1) tries to pull but under-cuts on it stumps India 136/5 Smriti on 70 *.
That should be the fielder’s wicket! What a superb one-handed catch by Vlaeminck at square-leg Veda (3) has has to walk back Second wicket for Gardner 131/4
Smriti (62 *) saved by the DRS. She got given LBW, almost thoughts Leg-stump Decision over-ruled. India 124/3
Harmanpreet (43 off 27) Kaur tries up another gear but edges an attempted big shot, caught by Haynes off Kimmince. India 117/3
End of Over 12:
Runs keep coming from all directions, five wides this time and the bowler – Molineux – is not happy with herself And Harmanpreet (33 off 21) rubs it in by hitting the next ball straight for a SIX – her third. 14 runs from the over and India’s 100 comes up as well. 105/2
End of Over 10:
Harmanpreet Kaur joins in the fun, with her second six. The skipper goes on to 19 * off 12 balls 83/2
Fifty for Smriti Mandhana It came off just 31 balls, with two sixes. 75/2
End of Over 8:
It’s rebuilding time as Harmanpreet gets her eye in with ones and twos, but Smriti knows no stopping – hits Perry for the boundary. 59/2
Jemimah Rodrigues falls for six as Kimmince strikes in his first over. India 49/2 in 6.3 overs. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur walks in at No. 4.
End of Over 6:
End of the Powerplay on a powerful note by Smriti (37 * off 22), who takes on this time and given her the same treatment – a straight SIX followed by a late cut for a boundary. 46/1
End of Over 5:
Smriti (25 * off 17) cuts loose again, a SIX straight over long-on, followed by a late-cut four. Molineux gets the treatment in her first over 33/1
End of Over 4:
Eight runs off the fourth over, courtesy another boundary from Smriti who hit Schutt over mid-off.
End of Over 3:
Smriti jumps out to Vlaeminck and strikes it in India 13/1
Tania (2) tries to go big but miscues and ends up in the hands of Lanning as Gardner strikes early for the Aussies. India 5/1
End of Over 1
: Smriti Mandhana and Tania Bhatia start for India and both get off the mark with singles. India 2/0
INDIA: Smriti Mandhana, Tania Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Veda Krishnamurthy, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Anujja Patil, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav
AUSTRALIA: Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Tayla Vlaeminck, Megan Schutt
India captain Harmanpreet Kaur wins the toss and decides to bat first India has rested Mithali Raj and Mansi Joshi. Anuja Patil and Arundhati Reddy are in
Hello and welcome to Timesofindia.com’s live updates from the
pool match at the ICC Women’s World T20 being played in the West Indies.
Both teams have qualified for the semi-finals but the match is still critical in the sense that it will decide the top two positions in Pool B and then finalise who plays who in the last-four stage.
While we wait for the toss, which is still 15 minutes away, here’s the match preview to whet your appetite.
Having already qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20, India will be up for some real test when they take on mighty Australia in an inconsequential tie at Providence Stadium here on Saturday.
Both India and Australia are unbeaten so far in the tournament and they are very good stead in the knockouts in the women-in-blue for a win for them.
India topped Group B after registering convincing wins over New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland in their first three outings while Australia were second after beating the same three sides.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s belligerent century in the tournament opener against New Zealand gave India the wings with a 34-run win before the veteran Mithali Raj came up with two semi-half-centuries to Pakistan (7 wickets) and Ireland (52 runs).
Much of the credit for India’s stunning performance in the first three matches also goes to the bowlers, especially the spin trio of Deepti Sharma, Ratha Yadav and Poonam Yadav. India will hope for a similar show from the slow bowlers against the Southern Stars.
Meanwhile, Meg Lanning’s Australia will also be ready They easily saw off Pakistan in their first pool match by 52 runs, comprehensively defeats Ireland in their second by 9 wickets and then New Zealand by 33 runs.
Australia boasts of a number of match-winners in their side, especially the likes of opening batter and wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, her partner Beth Mooney, all-rounder Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt and Elyse Villani of the experienced duo