India Women vs Australia Women 19 March Auckland ICC Women’s World Cup 2022

Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning scored fine half centuries as Australia registered a comfortable 6 wicket win over India at the Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

After being put into bat by Australia skipper, Darcie Brown pegged the Indians back with wickets of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma for 10 & 12 respectively.

Yastika Bhatia along with Mithali Raj brought the innings back on track with a valuable 130 run stand for the third wicket before the former departed for 59.

Alana King claimed the well set Mithali (68), caught at deep midwicket boundary by Ellyse Perry. Richa Gosh and Sneh Rana departed cheaply as India slumped to 213/6.

However Harmanpreet Kaur and Pooja Vastrakar provided a late flourish towards the end to take India to 277/7 in their allotted 50 overs.

For Australia, Darcie Brown was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/30.

Chasing 278, Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy got Australia off to a fantastic start. The duo added 121 runs for the opening stand before the latter was caught at short third man by Raj off Sneh Rana for a breezy 65 ball-72.

Pooja Vastrakar then dismissed Haynes for 43. Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry featured in a 103 run stand for the third wicket.

Rain interrupted play after 41 overs as Australia were 28 ahead of the DLS par score. After the resumption Perry fell immediately, caught at covers off Vastrakar.

Lanning fell three runs short of a well deserved century to Meghna Singh, as the match went into the last over with eight runs needed. However Mooney held her nerves and smashed Jhulan Goswami for a couple of boundaries, as Australia overhauled the target with 3 balls to spare.

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