In a historic moment for Indian women’s cricket, the team secured their first-ever Test match victory against Australia. Led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian side triumphed over the Aussies by 8 wickets at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
The key players in this remarkable win were Smriti Mandhana and Richa Ghosh, who remained unbeaten while chasing a target of 75 runs in the fourth innings. This victory marked India’s maiden triumph over Australia in 11 Test matches.
Vice-Captain Smriti Mandhana hit the winning runs as #TeamIndia register a 8⃣-wicket win over Australia in Mumbai 👏👏— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) December 24, 2023
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Playing multiple Test matches at home for the first time since 1995, the Indian team showcased an impeccable performance throughout. In the fourth innings, after restricting Australia to 261, Sneh Rana and Rajeshwari Gayakwad took two wickets each on the final morning.
On the first day, India had bundled out Australia for 219, and in their first innings, they posted a formidable 406, thanks to half-centuries by Smriti Mandhana, Richa Ghosh, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma.
The chase for 75 runs saw some tense moments for India. Shafali Verma was dismissed in the first over, but Smriti Mandhana’s back-to-back fours off Kim Garth eased the pressure. Richa Ghosh survived a close call when a delivery from Ashleigh Gardner turned sharply, narrowly missing the stumps.
However, luck was on India’s side as Richa Ghosh got another lifeline when Beth Mooney dropped a catch at first slip off a thick outside edge. Eventually, Smriti Mandhana’s consistent batting and Richa Ghosh’s resilient innings guided India to victory.
This triumph not only showcased the skill and determination of the Indian women’s cricket team but also marked a historic milestone in their cricketing journey. The win was celebrated as a momentous achievement for women’s cricket in India.