MUMBAI, Oct 22: Smriti Mandhana and experienced Harmanpreet Kaur shone with the bat as India A defeated Australia A by four wickets in the lung-opener of the three match T20 series here Monday.
The India women, which is basically the national team that will play the women’s T20 World Cup, have thus begun their preparations well.
Choosing to bat, Australia A managed to score 160/6 in their allotted 20 overs, with Heather Graham top-scoring with 43 at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Bandra-Kurla Complex facility. But Mandhana (72 off 40 balls) and Kaur (45 off 39 balls) made a mockery of the stiff target as they dominated the Aussie bowlers.
Brief Scores: Australia A 160/6 in 20 overs (Heather Graham 43, Naomi Stalenberg 39, Anuja Patil 2-22) lost to India A 163/6 (Smriti Mandhana 72, Harmanpreet Kaur 45, Lauren Cheatle 2-18). – PTI