Aussies claim series opener over India

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She looked the part while making 35 of the 44 runs Australia required after the fall of the fourth wicket. With only four fielders out in the deep now, the scores are only going to get higher. I have been timing and hitting the ball well, but I think all of us are not learning from our mistakes that we made in the ODI series. Two days later, it was the same problem all over again as India went from 99/1 to 100/4 in the space of seven balls. We didn't play good cricket over the last week but we are looking confident.

The Indian women's team would take confidence from their 3-1 win against South Africa in the five-match T20 series held in the Rainbow Nation.

India were given a sniff when Goswami got rid of the set Mooney (45), followed by the wicket of Villani (39) who was dismissed cheaply by Poonam Yadav. Not good enough for the "Harmonster" who is capable of big things.

However, opener Beth Mooney and Elyse Villani added 79 runs between them to bring the Australian innings back on track.

One of the biggest positives for India, despite the loss, was the return of Jhulan Goswami, to the field and to the wickets column.

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Although Goswami removed the risky Mooney in her second spell, the damage had been done as Aussies were cruising at 108 in the 13th over. Even Mandhana had a smile talking about the two clean bowled dismissals. India have won just thrice against the Australians in 12 matches.

Trying hard to stamp her authority on the match after a long lay-off, the visitors' blonde-haired captain Meg Lanning hit the winning shot, back-cutting medium pacer Rumeli Dhar to the third man fence. Perry bounced out skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and local young woman Jemimah Rodrigues to leave the hosts tottering at 100 for 4 in the 15th over. "There have been a couple of Indian players in the WBBL and they are very risky".

After being asked to bat first, India posted an easy target of 152 with help of opener Smriti Mandhana's 41-ball-67 and Anuja Patil's 35.

She perished in the same way she scored, getting caught after three back-to-back boundaries and a double but not before she gave India a fighting chance and the gathered crowd some entertainment. Pooja is avery good bowler and has scored a lot of runs as well. And with her 35 runs along with her decent spell giving away only 25, she ensured India were not completely outplayed.

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