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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 13:30 IST

India's Richa Ghosh Capitalizes on Beth Mooney's Error to Secure Early Advantage in One-off Test

Australia scored 219 runs in the 1st inning, to which India responded with 406 runs. On Day 3 Beth Mooney had a moment of weakness despite a solid start.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
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The Indian Women’s Cricket Team takes on the Australian Women's Team in a Test match at the Wankhede Stadium. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led team will look to beat the Aussies at home. Australia Women scored 219 and 114/2 (33.3) in their first and second innings, respectively, versus India Women, who secured 406 runs in their first innings, from the 21st to the 24th of December. Australia Women batted in Day 3 Session 2 of the One-off Test match, with E. Perry scoring 34* (67) and T. McGrath scoring 23* (53). Meanwhile, S. Rana led India Women's bowling assault with numbers of 1/36 (7.3) and R. Gayakwad with 0/14 (5.0). Australia Women are currently down by 73 runs in the continuing match.  (at the time of writing). 

3 things you need to know 

  • India vs Australia Women's Test match is underway
  • The match is being played at Wankhede Stadium
  • Beth Mooney had a brain fade moment

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Richa Ghosh's Astute Play Causes Mooney's Unfortunate Exit

On Day 3 of the one-off Test against India at Wankhede Stadium, Australian starter Beth Mooney was caught off guard. Mooney was defending a delivery from Sneh Rana when the ball was sent towards Richa Ghosh at silly point. However, Mooney strayed slightly outside her crease before attempting to return due to uncertainty. Richa Ghosh, a teenage star with outstanding game knowledge, swiftly delivered the ball, resulting in a direct hit that caught Mooney by surprise. This dismissal was a critical turning point for the Indian squad, breaking Australia's solid start to their second innings.

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India's Counterattack Before Lunch

The collaboration of Beth Mooney and Phoebe Litchfield, who contributed 49 runs, was critical for Australia, especially given their 187-run disadvantage after the first inning. Mooney's run-out, on the other hand, boosted the Indian team's enthusiasm, resulting in another wicket before the first session of Day 3 was completed. Litchfield, who had worked hard, attempted a reverse sweep against a longer ball from Sneh Rana but missed, causing her stumps to rattle.

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Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar's partnership had already put India in command of the Test. The Indian squad hopes to maintain their momentum with two more wickets before lunch and favourable pitch conditions. In order to change the direction of the contest, Australia must create something exceptional.

The Test's momentum altered when India successfully sent both openers back to the pavilion before lunch. Despite Australia's initial domination, Mooney and Litchfield's wickets dragged India back into contention. India is well-positioned to capitalise on the pressure they've put on Australia, thanks to a large lead and favourable pitch conditions. With their backs against the wall, the visiting side confronts an uphill struggle and must perform an incredible comeback to save the Test.

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 13:28 IST

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