New Delhi: Indian women’s cricket team achieved a historic feat on Sunday, securing their maiden Test victory over Australia in a one-off match, marking a glorious end to their first ‘home season’ in 28 years.
The final day witnessed exceptional performances from the Indian team, both with bat and ball, as they clinched an emphatic eight-wicket win, showcasing their dominance against the world-renowned Australian side. Smriti Mandhana’s unbeaten 38 and Jemimah Rodrigues’ 12 not out sealed the victory, their warm hug symbolizing the joy and significance of the moment.
Playing more than one Test at home for the first time since 1995, the Indian women’s team displayed remarkable consistency throughout the season. Embracing the ‘positive cricket’ approach, they bravely tackled challenges and dictated terms against formidable opponents like Australia and England.
Their clinical performances in the two home Tests resulted in their biggest win by margin of runs against England and their first-ever triumph over Australia in 11 Tests. This historic victory now tilts the balance in favor of ‘matches won’ compared to ‘matches lost’ in their overall Test record.
The win against Australia also saw the emergence of new Test stars, including the impressive debut of 20-year-old Richa Ghosh, who scored a valuable 52. The fourth day belonged to the Indian spinners, with Sneh Rana, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Deepti Sharma dismantling the Australian batting line-up with their impeccable spinbowling.
Australia, chasing a modest target of 75, were bundled out for just 31, losing five wickets in the first 45 minutes of the day. Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, and Rajeshwari Gayakwad played pivotal roles in India’s bowling success.
India’s batting performance was equally impressive, having posted their highest total ever against Australia in Tests with 406 in the first innings. Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, and Smriti Mandhana all contributed to the successful chase, securing a memorable victory in their ‘home season’ finale.
This historic win marks not only a significant milestone for Indian women’s cricket but also emphasizes the potential for more Test matches in the future. It serves as a remarkable chapter in the history of women’s cricket in the country, leaving fans ecstatic and eager for more such triumphs in the years to come.
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