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Day-Night Test between India and Australia ended in a draw, Smriti Mandhana got ‘Player of the Match’

India vs Australia Women’s Day-Night Test: The Indian women’s cricket team dominated Australia most of the time in their first Day Night Test, showing a stellar performance. However, this Test ended in a draw due to bad weather for the first two days.

Today Australia started playing for 143 runs for three wickets. An 89-run stand between Ellyse Perry (68 not out) and Ashleigh Gardner (51) was made, after which the Indian fast bowlers started the crumbling of Australia’s batting order and were reduced to 241 for nine from 208 for four. delivered to. Then Australian captain Meg Lanning made an interesting decision to declare the first innings.

The Indian team, which declared the innings for 377 runs in the first innings, played 37 overs in the second innings and then declared the innings at 135 for three after tea and set Australia a target of 272 runs in 32 overs to win. Shefali Verma scored 52 runs in 91 balls while Poonam Raut remained unbeaten on 41 off 62 balls.

This goal was impossible and Australia cheaply lost the wickets of Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney at the start of the second innings. When the captains of both the teams joined hands for a draw, Australia had scored 36 runs for two wickets in 15 overs. According to the rules of the series of many formats, both the teams got two points each. However, the score of the series was 6-4 in favor of Australia.

Over 80 overs of play was spoiled due to rain on the first two days, due to which the result in the four-day match was likely to be a draw. The Indian team could have declared the second innings at a lead of 242 runs at the tea break and bowled 41 overs, but they did not want to leave any chance. The Indian team was able to do only two practice sessions with the pink ball before the match, but they beat Australia in all departments. Test match was being played between the two teams for the first time in 15 years.

Smriti Mandhana laid the foundation for India’s big score with a memorable century on the second day, after which the fast bowlers’ trio of Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh and Pooja Vastrakar put the Australian batsmen under pressure. It would be fair to say that the Indian fast bowlers bowled better than the Australian players.

Debuting Meghna impressed with her swing bowling and 38-year-old Jhulan Goswami bowled as aggressively as ever and showed that age is just a number. Pooja also did not let the batsmen take relief.

India had scored 106 for two in the second innings till tea. Smriti Mandhana (31) who scored a century in the first innings, was dismissed by a brilliant catch in the deep to Ashley Gardner off Sophie Molineau. Yastika Bhatia (03) was sent to bat at number three but she could only play 12 balls.

In the first session, the Indian fast bowlers performed brilliantly with the new pink ball, after which under pressure Australia made an interesting decision to declare their first innings at 241 for nine. Lanning seems to have declared the first innings before the entire team was reduced in an attempt to advance the match, followed by dinner. The Indian team got a lead of 136 runs. He declared the first innings at 377 for seven on Saturday.

Veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami took the first two wickets on the third day. Pooja Vastrakar dismissed three players while Deepti Sharma and Meghna Singh got two wickets each. Deepti Sharma sent Gardner to the pavilion, after which debutant Meghna Singh again troubled the batsmen with her out-swing deliveries and India took four wickets in the 81st over after taking the new ball. Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami also dominated with some bowling.

About 70 overs were left in the game after Australia declared the innings. Perry, who scored runs at an average of over 78 in Test cricket, was lucky to avoid getting out at least three times. Once she survived the appeal of LBW and twice Indian players dropped her catch. Meghna took her first Test wicket with a beautiful out-swing ball in the form of Annabel Sutherland, who was caught by wicketkeeper Tania Bhatia. His second wicket was of Sophie Molyneau, who became the victim of his inswinger. Pooja Vastrakar got Georgia Wareham caught behind the wicket. Off-spinner Deepti Sharma took her second wicket of the day in the form of Darcy Brown.

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