ICC Women's World Twenty20: Smriti Mandhana, spinners help India thump Australia by 48 runs
India remained undefeated in Group B after beating Australia by 48 runs at the Providence Stadium, Guyana on Saturday. Electing to bat, India posted a competitive 167/ 8 riding on Smriti Mandhana’s quickfire 83 and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s meaningful 43. India then returned to restrict Australia for 119/9 in 19.4 overs to the table in Group B. Alyssa Healy was absent hurt following a collision with Megan Schutt in the Indian innings.
For her strokeful 55-ball 83, Mandhana was awarded as the player of the match. Reflecting on her innings, she said, “Quite relieved as I was getting starts but not converting them. Wanted to go out there and score big runs. Glad that I could do it today.”
“Whenever the ball hits my pads, I always think it’s out, don’t know why (laughs) but she (Veda) told me to take the review. Thanks to her, we got 20-30 runs extra. The way we bowled and fielded today was probably the best we did all tournament. In that aspect, this win was special,” she concluded at the post-match presentation.