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Updated December 24th, 2023 at 14:17 IST

‘It was not that tough’: Smriti Mandhana speaks on India’s historic Test win over Australia

Smriti Mandhana, an Indian player, stated that batting on the Mumbai surface was not tough after India defeated Australia by 8 wickets.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana | Image:PTI
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In a stunning display of talent and persistence, the Indian women's cricket team overcame the Australian women's team in a one-off Test match played at the renowned Wankhede Stadium. The Indian Women created history on their own turf by winning by an astounding eight wicket margin.

3 things you need to know 

  • In the one-off Test match in Mumbai, India completely thrashed Australia
  • This is India's first Test victory over Australia
  • India’s 75/2 and 406 (both innings) beat Australia’s 219 and 216 by 8 wickets

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Smriti Mandhana made a huge statement regarding India vs Australia match 

Smriti Mandhana, the Indian opener, shared her thoughts on the Wankhede surface, emphasising that it was not unduly difficult following India's historic triumph over Australia in the one-off Test match. Mandhana demonstrated her skill in the second innings, keeping undefeated with a fast 38 off 61 balls to lead India to an 8-wicket victory over Alyssa Healy's squad. This was a momentous moment for the Indian women's cricket team, as they won their first-ever Test match against Australia.

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Australia suffered batting setbacks in both innings, scoring 219 and 261. Sneh Rana, the off-spinner, was instrumental with 7 wickets, which were supplemented by fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar's 5-wicket haul. India jumped out to a big lead following a strong first-innings batting showing, collecting 406 runs thanks to half-centuries from Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh, and Deepti Sharma, all of whom scored half-centuries. Mandhana stated after the game that they had anticipated a more difficult batting surface. Smriti Mandhana said: 


“It wasn't that tough. Before the match, we thought it was going to be a rank-turner on day three and four. But if you applied yourself and showed patience, batting wasn't that hard. Credit to all the batters. I told Shafali to bat as we batted in the first innings. Just react to the ball, that was the only message we had. She was unfortunate, but she started off beautifully with that cover drive,”

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Match Summary 

India Women showed great talent in a stunning 8-wicket victory over Australia Women in the one-off Test at Wankhede Stadium. Tahlia McGrath's half-century helped Australia post 219 in the first innings. India responded emphatically, with Deepti Sharma's 78 and Smriti Mandhana's 74 driving them to 406 runs. Australia faced a tenacious bowling assault in the second innings, with Sneh Rana's four-wicket haul and Harmanpreet Kaur's contributions limiting them to 261. Mandhana's undefeated 38 aided India's clinical pursuit of 75. Players such as Sharma, Mandhana, and Rana all contributed to India's historic victory, setting a favourable tone for future engagements.

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Published December 24th, 2023 at 14:07 IST

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