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Harmanpreet stars in famous India Women win

Alyssa Healy blitz lifts Australia Women to 140 for 5 but visitor mounts stirring chase to power home by five wickets

Harmanpreet stars in famous India Women win
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Harmanpreet marshalled the middle overs with aplomb during her 46 off 31 to turbo-charge India’s chase.
A rollicking innings by Alyssa Healy was matched punch for punch by Harmanpreet Kaur’s daring and chutzpah in a thrilling match between Australia Women and India Women at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday (January 26).
 

India held its nerve better in the final stages to win by five wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 International series.
 
Healy’s unbeaten 41 off 15 had lifted Australia to a commanding 140 for 5, but Harmanpreet proved equal to the task, marshalling the middle overs with aplomb during her 46 off 31 to turbo-charge India’s chase. Harmanpreet fell in the 18th over, but by then the equation had come down to nine needed off 13 balls. Victory came via a textbook cover drive by Anuja Patil that bisected the fielders inside the circle to take India to the target in 18.4 overs.
 
India’s top order had been held steady by Veda Krishnamurthy (35 off 32) and Smriti Mandhana (29 off 25), but it was Harmanpreet taking charge after Krishnamurthy had fallen in the 12th over that changed things. In the 14thover, she smashed Jess Jonassen for a six over mid-wicket. In the next, Sarah Coyte was hit for two fours, and she went one better two overs later against Rene Farrell, smashing three fours through the covers. From a daunting 61 required off 42 balls, the equation had come down to 16 off 18, Harmanpreet scoring 34 runs off 16 balls in that four-over period.


 
Earlier, Australia had begun fairly sedately, and it needed the arrival of Healy to inject momentum.
 
Beth Mooney at the top of the order propped up the first half of the innings with a run-a-ball 36. But India was kept in the game with each of Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav bagging a wicket. Healy came in when Jonassen became the fifth batter to fall, and made an immediate impact, with Ekta Bisht taken for three fours in an over, before Niranjana Nagarajan was hammered for a whopping 19 runs in the penultimate over. Alex Blackwell's unbeaten 22-ball 27 was a good supporting act, but Healy had the 10,000-strong crowd in raptures.
 
Healy also provided a good finishing kick with 12 runs in the final over by Yadav to lift Australia to what seemed to be a winning score. However, the Australian bowlers had not bargained for Harmanpreet’s free-spirited strokeplay as India coasted to only its second win in ten outings against the top side in the world.