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In their debut T20I match, Titas Sadhu and Shafali-Smriti lead the Indian women to a record-breaking victory against Australia

<p>The India women’s cricket team defeated Australia handily in the first Twenty20 International match played on Friday, January 5 at the Dr. Dy Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. India managed to take nine wickets to chase down a 142-run goal thanks to an outstanding all-around effort.</p>
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<p>The Women in Blue defeated Australia in their most significant Twenty20 International encounter and seized a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at home. Young bowler Titas Sadhi of West Bengal excelled with four wickets, and the Indian women’s team won handily in only 17.4 overs with to fifty-plus scores from openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma.</p>
<p>Following a humiliating 0-3 loss in the ODI series, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur chose to bowl first today after winning the toss.</p>
<p>India made a breakthrough when their 19-year-old right-arm medium pacer Titas removed Beth Mooney in the fourth over. As Australia lost their first four wickets during the powerplay, Titas then showed even more promise by taking important wickets of Ashleigh Gardner and Tahlia McGrath in the sixth over.</p>
<p>With a 79-run partnership for the fifth wicket, budding star Phoebe Litchfield and famous all-rounder Ellyse Perry got Australia back into the contest. Australia was headed for a massive score, but in a stunning turnaround, Indian spinners bowled out the visiting team for only 141 runs in 19.2 overs.</p>
<p>With her career-best session of four wickets for seventeen, Titas sparkled, while Deepti Sharma and Shreyanka Patil both claimed two wickets. Australia’s squad posted a difficult total led by Litchfield, who scored 49 runs, and Perry, who added 37 runs.</p>
<p>India took early control of the game as youthful speedster Darcie Brown, who was defending 141 runs, threw up 14 additional runs in the first over. Shafali and Smriti both looked in control right away and didn’t seem to be phased by Australia’s potent bowling assault.</p>
<p>Smriti and Shafali had a fifty-score partnership to put up a 137-run partnership for the first wickets. Smriti lost her wicket when trying to take Georgia Wareham for a big shot, but it had little effect on the momentum. India reached the mark in 17.4 overs thanks to 54 runs off 52 balls from Smriti and 64 runs off only 44 balls from Shafali, who stayed undefeated.</p>
<p>The following players make up the India Women’s Playing XI: Amanjot Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Shreyanka Patil, Renuka Thakur Singh, Titas Sadhu, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, and Richa Ghosh (wk).</p>
<p>Alyssa Healy (captain & wicketkeeper), Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Phoebe Litchfield, Grace Harris, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, and Darcie Brown are the members of the Australia women’s playing XI.</p>