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Verma, Mandhana help India shock Aus in superb T20I chase

Melbourne: Good innings from openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana helped India beat Australia by seven wickets on Saturday on the Junction Oval to maintain themselves alive within the ongoing Ladies’s T20 tri-series.

Chasing an enormous whole of 174, Indian eves rode on a chic opening partnership between Verma and Mandhana who took the Australian bowlers to the cleaners proper from the beginning. Verma (49 from 28) and Mandhana (55 from 48) ensured the strain on the hosts’ bowlers by no means let up as they launched the chase with an aggressive 85-run opening stand.

16-year-old Verma, particularly, was mighty spectacular as proper from the phrase go, she put the strain on the skilled Australian bowling line-up.

Mandhana performed second fiddle to Verma early, however ensured the strain remained proper on Australia when her opening companion fell. The left-hander has robust file on Australian wickets and has been constructing into this tri-series properly, along with her half-century on Saturday including to scores of 15, 35 and 45 in her first three matches.

Jemimah Rodrigues, who got here in subsequent, additionally continued the momentum along with her quickfire 19-ball 30. Ultimately, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma made certain there have been no hiccups and crossed the road with two balls to spare.

Earlier, Ashleigh Gardner produced her swash-buckling greatest in a career-high 93 from simply 57 deliveries as Australia posted a formidable 173/5 of their stipulated 20 overs. Skipper Meg Lanning additionally contributed with a quick-fire 22-ball 37.

Australia may have gone past 200. Nonetheless, the dying overs delivered by Shikha Pandey and Rajeshwari Gayakwad made certain Australians had been restricted beneath 180.

Pandey allowed simply two runs from the 19th over, earlier than Gayakwad, after being hit for six by Perry, leaked simply three from her final 5 balls.

Australia will now face England in a do-or-die match in opposition to England on Sunday.

Transient Scores: Australia Ladies 173/5 (Ashleigh Gardner 93, Meg Lanning 37, Deepti Sharma 2/27); India Ladies 177/3 (Smriti Mandhana 55, Shafali Verma 48, Megan Schutt 1/26)

(IANS)

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