In a spectacular display of allround great cricket, Indian women brushed past Australia by 10 wickets in the second T20I held at MCG. With this win, Indian women’s cricket team defeated Australia in a series for the first time, at home or overseas. Powered by some terrific bowling from Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur, India restricted Australian women to 125 for 8 wickets from 20 overs. Sharp fielding accounted for the run outs of top scorer Meg Lanning who played a classy knock of 49 and Ellyse Perry. Jhulan was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for just 16 runs in her 4 overs.
While it was India’s turn to bat, opener and skipper Mithali Raj played an entertaining innings of 37 from 32 balls which was laced with 6 boundaries. Other opener Smriti Mandhana scored 22 off 24 with 3 boundaries. Rain interrupted the match in the eighth over but India were ahead of the D/L par score. Then another 2.1 overs were played and India reached the winning score of 69 for 0 wickets with 5 balls left. Jhulan Goswami was awarded the player of the match accolade. Indian women would love to replicate their performance in the remaining T20I match.