Women WT20: India beat Australia to top Group B

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India continued their winning momentum as they outclassed Australia by 48 runs in a Group B match of the ICC Women’s World T20 on Saturday. Chasing 167/8, Australia never looked in contention as they lost regular wickets to bundle out for 119 in 19.4 overs.

Ellyse Perry was the highest scorer for Australia with 39 runs in 28 balls. Ashleigh Gardner (20) and Beth Mooney (19) also got to the starts but failed to convert it into a big knocks.

For India, Anuja Patil took three wickets while Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav took two wickets each.

Earlier, opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s knock helped India women post 167/8 before suffering a batting collapse. While Smriti smashed 83 runs off just 55 deliveries, Harmanpreet contributed 43 runs to take their side to a good total.

The Indian eves kept on losing wickets at regularly but it was the 68-run partnership between the Indian skipper and the opener which took them to a fighting total in their last group game, as India have already booked a semi-final berth.

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