Spin to win: Indian women cruise to first ever Test win over Aussies with dominant final day


Australia’s women have sunk to their first Test defeat to India, beaten by eight wickets on the last day of their one-off match in Mumbai.

After losing 7-55 to end their second innings, Alyssa Healy’s tourists could only set the hosts a target of 75 at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

India claimed the victory with relative ease, recovering from the loss of Shafali Verma for four in the first over to chase down the target.

Australia were left regretting errors in the field, with Beth Mooney putting down a simple chance at first slip to remove Richa Ghosh off Ashleigh Gardner’s bowling before she had scored.

That would have left India 2-9 on a wearing and inconsistent wicket. 

Instead the hosts were able to cruise home with Smitri Mandhana hitting an unbeaten 38 and sharing a 51-run stand with Rhosh.

India make history with their first ever Test match victory over Australia!

Scorecard: https://t.co/PcuKMjRrFX #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Ph6bVnvsu9

— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 24, 2023

Australia’s defeat is their first in the format since January 2014, while it is also their first loss to India in 11 Tests played.

The task of beating India in their home conditions was always going to be difficult for the tourists in their first Test in India since 1984, but they didn’t help themselves.

They slumped to 2-7 early on the first morning with Phoebe Litchfield run out for a golden duck in the opening over, before being all out for 219 on the first day.

India always looked far more comfortable on the low-and-slow wicket, piling on 406 for a 187-run first-innings lead.

And while Australia were briefly able to fight back into the match at 3-206 in the second innings, they were always on the back foot.

There were self-inflicted wounds when Mooney was run out wandering out of her crease in the team’s second innings, while fellow opener Litchfield was bowled reverse sweeping.

And after Harmanpreet Kaur removed Tahlia McGrath (73) and Healy (32) late on day three, the rot continued on Sunday.

Gardner was lbw to a Pooja Vastrakar inswinger in the second over of the morning, out on review for seven. 

Only Annabel Sutherland offered any real resistance on day four on Sunday, producing several punches through the covers and a glorious on-drive.

But she was caught behind on 27, when an attempted sweep shot against Sneh Rana (4-63) ballooned off her glove and into the hands of Yastika Bhatia.

Back to back wickets for India’s Sneh Rana and the Aussies are in trouble ????

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— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 24, 2023

Alana King was bowled next ball by Rana when she played on, before fingerspinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2-42) bowled Kim Garth and  Jess Jonassen to wrap up the innings.

That put India in position for a historic victory, with the sleeping giant of the women’s game quickly transforming into a genuine heavyweight.

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Three ODIs will follow in the next week, before the tour finished with another three T20s.

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