After Day 3’s play in Mumbai, India took control of the one-off Test as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur dazzled with the ball. India defeated Australia by eight wickets.
HARMANPREET KAUR SHINES ON DAY 3
On Saturday, December 23, the India women’s one-off Test match against the powerful Australia was firmly in their grip. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s heroics on the third day led India to victory over Australia. India led by 187 runs in the first innings. Australia led by just 46 runs after losing five wickets for 233 in the second innings.
Australia had some game control when McGrath and skipper Alyssa Healy scored 66 runs for the fourth wicket. However, in the last moments, Harmanpreet Kaur changed the entire dynamics. She dismissed both McGrath and Alyssa Healy. With 32 runs from Healy, McGrath achieved her highest Test score of 73 runs off 177 balls. After Australia scored 233/5 in 90 overs on Day 3, the umpire declared stumps.
On the fourth day of their one-off Test match, Indian women defeated Australia by eight wickets. Smriti Mandana’s unbeaten 38 off 61 balls helped India reach 75/2 in 18.4 overs while chasing 75. In response to India’s first-inning score of 406, the Australians started the second innings with a total of 261. Australia’s Tahlia McGrath scored 73 off 117 balls in the second innings. However, Sneha Rana’s 4/63 meant that it didn’t really matter. Moreover, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Harmanpreet Kaur each took two wickets off the score for India in the meanwhile. In the first innings, Harmanpreet’s team scored 406. In Test cricket matches against Australia women, India’s first innings total is the highest ever.
POST MATCH PRESENTATION
Furthermore, Harmanpreet Kaur on Post-match interview said that,
“It’s a reward for all the hard work we have done for so many years. Credit goes to all our support staff, especially our bowling coach and batting coach. We tried to keep things very simple. It’s a reward for all the hard work and all the patience. We thought if we can play some positive cricket, it can really help us.”