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Aussies claim T20 tri-series opener over Indian eves

Aussies claim T20 tri-series opener over Indian eves
Cricket - Australia vs India - Women's Cricket World Cup Semi Final - Derby, Britain - July 20, 2017 India's Shikha Pandey celebrates the wicket of Australia's Beth Mooney Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Mumbai [India]: Australian women cricket team defeated India by six wickets in the opening encounter of the T20 Tri-series at the Brabourne Stadium here on Thursday.

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. The tourists cruised to the target with two overs to spare.

Opener Beth Mooney gave Aussies a solid start with her 43-run innings while right-hand batsman Elyse Villani contributed 39 runs to her team’s winning cause.

Skipper Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes remained unbeaten on 35 and 12 runs respectively to take their side over the line.

India’s Jhulan Goswami, who was making a comeback after sustaining a heel injruy, scalped three wickets while Poonam Yadav claimed one.

For Australia, Ashleigh Gardner and Ellyse Perry took two wickets apiece while Delissa Kimmince grabbed one.

The second game of the tri-series will be played between Australia and England on Friday. (ANI)