It was an amazing game on Sunday at the DY Patil stadium. The 2nd T20 between Indian and Australian women went down the wire as the Women in Blue levelled the series at 1-1. The game saw the two teams being tied on scores at the end of the 20th over before Super over came into place to determine the winners.
The 2nd game wasn’t without its moments of drama as the two teams fought tooth and nail to stake claim to the game. There were some heated moments during the game, none came bigger with captain Kaur losing her cool at the umpire.
The story so far–
Australian women are in India to play a 5 match T20I series and had won the 1st game at DY Patil stadium. This meant the visitors had a 1-0 lead in the series and women had their task cut out to level the series. India, won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Harmanpreet Kaur loses her cool –
The incident happened in the final over of the Australian innings with Renuka Singh bowling Tahilia McGrath. The batter tried to make her way past outside the off stump and the bowler followed her. The ball missed the tram line and went for a boundary, with the umpire signalling it as 4 wides.
Seeing this captain Harmanpreet Kaur lost her cool and saw red and went and spoke to the umpire. The conversation was rather curt and to the point as the Indian skipper was seen making her point in no uncertain terms.
Australia post 187 on the board –
Alyssa Healy began in an aggressive not scoring 25 off the 29 runs scored for the 1st wicket. Healy was the only wicket to fall to Deepti Sharma. From there McGrath and Beth Mooney added 158 runs for the 2nd wicket which took Australians to 187.
Mooney was the top scorer with 82 off 54 balls with 13 hits to the fence, while Mcgrath scored 70 not out off 51 balls with 10 fours and a six.
Mandhana leads Indian charge –
Shafali Varma and Smriti Mandhana began the Indian chase in the right earnest as they added 76 for 1st wicket. Varma was the 1st to go for 34 off 23 balls with 4 fours and a six falling to Alana King. The next to go was Jemimah Rodriguez for 4 falling to Heather Graham. Kaur and Mandhana then added 61 for the 3rd wicket with Kaur scoring 21 off 22 balls with 2 fours and a six.
6 runs later it was the turn of Mandhana to fall to Annabel Sutherland for 79 off 49 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes. Richa Ghosh with 13 ball 26 with 3 sixes and Devika Vaidya with 11 not out saw the match end in a tie.
India wins the game on Super Over –
The match saw both the teams being tied on 187 which prompted a super over. Richa Ghosh and Mandhana came out to open as India scored 20 in the super over. Ghosh began by hitting a six, before falling the next ball. Kaur then turned the strike to Mandhana who hit a 4 followed it up with a six and 3 runs.
Chasing 21 in the super over, Australians began with a 4 by Healy before taking a single and losing a wicket in the 3rd ball. The visitors now needed 15 off 3 balls with became 14 off 2. Healy struck a four and a six to end the match but Indians had already run out winners by 4 runs.
Twitter reacts –
The Indian cricket fans took to Twitter to have their say on Harmanpreet Kaur losing her cool. You can read all the tweets below.
December 11, 2022
Harmanpreet having a word with the umpire. She is not pleased with the wide decision— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) December 11, 2022
#INDvAUS #CricketTwitter 📸Disney+Hotstar pic.twitter.com/8g7Or6tkuC
188 it is as Australia hit just above par. India is still in with a chance as long as Smriti Mandhana & Harmanpreet Kaur are in the middle.— Jeet Vachharajani (Women's 🏏) (@Jeetv27WC) December 11, 2022
That last over by Renuka Singh was top-notch & it just got ruined by those 5 wides.
Wake me up if harmanpreet starts doing some insane shit.— russell sparrowe(fka closedmikeeagle) (@Opensikeeagle) December 11, 2022
Now harmanpreet Kaur will start tuk tuk game just like dhoni used to do— Mischief Managed 🪄 (@0rderofPhoenix) December 11, 2022
Australia have done brilliantly to put the brakes on in the middle overs after India's flying start! Something India couldn't do in the last game.— Anirudh (@OffDrive_) December 11, 2022
T20 Cricket— Introvert (@GstGangu) December 11, 2022
Women's team agression>>>Menss#IndvsAus
Aus is yet to be beaten this year 🔥#INDvsAUS— Ritika S (@_imritika_) December 11, 2022
When Shafali Hits, It stays a HIT. ♥️— Saran R S (@CricaholicJammy) December 11, 2022
Rightly said. 💯🔥#CricketTwitter #INDvsAUS
@BCCIWomen 💥💥💥🔥👏#indvsaus #INDvAUS— 🆚🏂MBworld🦅 (@vsMBworld) December 11, 2022