MUMBAI, Oct 22: Smriti Mandhana and experienced Harmanpreet Kaur shone with the bat as India A defeated Australia A by four wickets in the lung-opener of the three match T20 series here Monday.
The India women, which is basically the national team that will play the women�s T20 World Cup, have thus begun their preparations well.
Choosing to bat, Australia A managed to score 160/6 in their allotted 20 overs, with Heather Graham top-scoring with 43 at the Mumbai Cricket Association�s Bandra-Kurla Complex facility. But Mandhana (72 off 40 balls) and Kaur (45 off 39 balls) made a mockery of the stiff target as they dominated the Aussie bowlers.
Brief Scores: Australia A 160/6 in 20 overs (Heather Graham 43, Naomi Stalenberg 39, Anuja Patil 2-22) lost to India A 163/6 (Smriti Mandhana 72, Harmanpreet Kaur 45, Lauren Cheatle 2-18). � PTI