India thrash Australia by 48 runs, top Group B

Assured of a place in the last-four stage the result of Saturday's match may not be of much significance but India are aware that beating a superior side will help them take the confidence into the knockouts

The bowlers did enough to peg back Australia as India won the match by 48 runs and remained unbeaten in the league stage.

Mandhana hit three sixes to go with her nine boundaries, while Kaur also struck three sixes, one hit over spinner Sophie Molineux's head.

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's belligerent century in the tournament opener against New Zealand gave India the wings with a 34-run win before the veteran Mithali Raj came up with two sedate half centuries to outclass Pakistan (by 7 wickets) and Ireland (by 52 runs).

It was a disappointing performance from Australia, as they struggled against India's spinners, with Anuja Patil taking 3-15 and Radha Yadav claiming 2-13, including the vital wicket of Meg Lanning for just 10.

Earlier, Mandhana became the second fastest Indian to compete 1000 runs in T20 internationals after Mithali Raj as she anchored the innings with a superb fifty.

The chase was never going to be easy for Australia who had to start their innings without their top run-getter Alyssa Healy. It was in the 10th over when Radha Yadav got captain Meg Lanning for 10 and from there things quickly went downhill for Australia.

Only Ellyse Perry produced a lone hand for Australia in her 100th T20 worldwide, hitting an unbeaten 39 from 28 to go with her 3-16 with the ball. Alyssa Healy is unavailable to bat as she suffered an injury early on.

"I feel quite relieved as I was getting starts but not converting them". The required run-rate has gone upto over 17 runs per over. Whenever the ball hits my pads, I always think it's out, don't know why but she (Veda) told me to take the review.

Before the toss, today, former New Zealand cricketer Lesley Murdoch reckoned the pitched and said that this is the same pitch, which was used on in the Australia-New Zealand game and predicted that the seemers may get some help from the wicket as it seems a bit roughed up but still looks a good overall wicket.

"Today showed we've got a lot to work on - we'll have to play a lot better to get through the semi-finals". "In that aspect, this win was special", Mandhana said. We worked really hard, today the fielding coach must be happy with the way we fielded, proud of the girls. We always enjoy when batting together. "She played really well and that is what we are expecting from her", said Harmanpreet in a post-match presentation.

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