With Smriti Mandhana’s half-century, India recorded a seven-wicket win over Australia at Melbourne today, keeping their hopes alive for a place in the final of the women’s T20 tri-series.
Australia posted 173 for 5 after India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur elected to field at the Junction Oval. India then hit the target in 19.4 overs, largely due to opener Shafali Verma’s 49 off 28 balls and Mandhana’s 55 off 48 balls.
With the win, India moved to the second position in the points table, behind England. The winner of the final league match between Australia and England will decide the finalists for the title clash on February 12.