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ICC Women’s World T20: Smriti Mandhana cherishes a special win over Australia


first_imgSmriti Mandhana played her career-best Twenty20 International knock of 83 runs against the world No.1 side Australia on Saturday in India’s final group match against Australia at the Providence Stadium in Guyana and she cherished this victory.India absolutely dominated Australia and registered a crushing 48-run victory as Mandhana starred with the bat while the Indian bowlers put up a brilliant unit performance. India posted their highest-ever total against Australia in any World T20.This was Mandhana’s first fifty in 2018 and in a big match like Saturday’s, Mandhana roared back to form. She was “relieved” that she could convert the good start to a substantial score.”Quite relieved as I was getting starts but not converting them. Wanted to go out there and score big runs. Glad that I could do it today,” Mandhana said after receiving the player-of-the-match award.India vs Australia, Women’s World T20: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSWhen Mandhana was at 62, she was given out by lbw off Sophie Molineux’s ball and while Mandhana was unconvinced, her batting partner Veda Krishnamurthy urged her to take the review. It turned out to be a brilliant one.Ball-tracking showed that the ball had pitched outside leg and the umpire had to change his decision for LBW. Big cheers could be heard from the Indian dug-out and there was a wide smile on Mandhana’s face.”Whenever the ball hits my pads, I always think it’s out, don’t know why (laughs) but she (Veda) told me to take the review. Thanks to her, we got 20-30 runs extra.”advertisementAustralia had suffered a blow even before their innings began as Alyssa Healy collided with Megan Schutt and had to leave the field. It was later confirmed that she had effects of concussion and would not take the field on the day.READ – Smriti Mandhana becomes second-fastest Indian woman to reach 1000 T20IAustralia dearly missed Healy at the top as they could not dominate India while the Women in Blue managed to regularly pick wickets and put Australia under the pump.Ellyse Perry played a good knock but it was a little too late as India virtually bowled out Australia, with Healy being the one player who did not take the field.Mandhana termed the victory as a special one considering the way they bowled and fielded against a team of Australia’s callibre.”The way we bowled and fielded today was probably the best we did all tournament. In that aspect, this win was special.”India finished on top of Group B and will now take on who finishes second in Group A.last_img

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