Australia have produced a well-rounded team effort to defeat India in the first match of the T20 Tri-Series.
The Aussies won the toss and elected to field.
This decision was looking questionable as Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj got India off to a solid start.
Mandhana, in particular, took a liking to Australia’s spinners, as she dispatched Jess Jonassen all over the ground.
Ash Gardner eventually broke the partnership, dismissing Raj thanks to a tidy piece of glovework from Alyssa Healy.
Mandhana ended with 67 off 41 before chipping one to debutant Sophie Molineux at mid-on off the bowling of Gardner.
In the very next over, Ellyse Perry struck twice, which brought two new batters to the crease and swung the game in Australia’s favour.
Any momentum was quickly halted, as Anuja Patil took a liking to Delissa Kimmince and Ellyse Perry.
India slapped eight boundaries in the last three overs, which took them to a very respectable total of 152.
Australia’s run chase started poorly, with Healy dismissed on the fifth ball of the innings.
Gardner followed soon after, and Australia were in a bit of trouble at 2/29.
Beth Mooney and Elyse Villani steadied the ship, putting on 80 runs for the third wicket.
Crucially, they ensured that Australia never fell behind the required run rate, which allowed the middle order to bat with freedom.
Mooney and Villani departed within an over of each other, but Meg Lanning picked up where they left off, striking a quick 35 off 25 to secure the victory.
Even though no one passed 50, all of Australia’s batters had a strike rate of over 110.
Considering India had three players with a strike rate of under 100, it is clear that Australia’s tactic of all-out attack will be hard to defeat unless the Indians can improve their strike rates.
Australia will next face England on Friday.