Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the Pink Ball Test between Australia Women and India Women in Carrara. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and Dhruva Prasad and we’ll be taking you through day 2’s play today.
 

STUMPS: DAY 1 SCORE: 132/1 (44.1 overs)

9 AM IST: Clear weather in Carrara now. However brace yourselves for some showers later.

8:45 AM IST: Will Smriti Mandhana score her maiden Test century or will Australia find a way to neutralise the threat the swashbuckling southpaw poses to their prospects in this Test? A quick look at Mandhana’s 80*

8:30 AM IST: One hour to go for the start of play. Rain is forecast in about an hour’s time. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some good time out on the field today. Throwback to what Alyssa Healy said about factoring in the weather.

“We’ve been advised not to look at the weather. After playing the WC semifinal vs SA, we’ve been encouraged not to look at the radar too much.”

Here’s where you can read more about THAT 2020 T20 World Cup semifinal:
Women’s World T20: Australia beats South Africa, to face India in final

England captain Heather Knight certainly did not have similar thoughts about the weather, given that her team’s chances were washed out entirely by the weather, allowing India to go through. She called for a rule change then:
Women’s T20 WC: Heather Knight calls for rule change after rain knocks out England

Here’s a recap of the one wicket that Australia managed to get on day 1 – Molineux removing Verma

 

Day 01 recap:

  • Meg Lanning won the toss and chose to field
  • Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma put together a 93-run partnership for the first wicket
  • Australian pacers struggled to bowl the right lengths to the openers, especially Smriti. The wicket did not provide the help Lanning anticipated
  • Lone wicket of Shafali Verma falls on day 1
  • Rain washed out two sessions almost entirely
  • India ends day 1 on 132/1 with Smriti Mandhana unbeaten on 80
  • Adjustment: Day 2,3,4 will begin 30 minutes early to adjust overs lost on day 1

Here is a detailed analysis of day 1 and what went right and wrong for both sides:
The Mandhana storm, rain delay and a frustrating day for Aussies

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THE SERIES SO FAR: Australia comes into this Test with a 2-1 lead in the three ODIs played in Mackay. The third ODI saw India bring Meg Lanning’s side’s unbeaten run in the format to an end. 26 consecutive wins in the format is no joke and it rightly took a special performance from the Indians to halt this record run. Read more here:
India beats Australia by two wickets to end 26-match ODI unbeaten streak

 

PLAYING XI:

Australia XI: Healy (wk), Mooney, Lanning (c), Perry, McGrath, Gardner, Sutherland, Molineux, Wareham, Brown, Campbell

India XI: Mandhana, Verma, Raut, Raj (c), Y.Bhatia, Sharma, T Bhatia (wk), Vastrakar, Goswami, Singh, Gayakwad


INJURY NEWS:

There are quite a few injury updates ahead of this Test. Harmanpreet Kaur will not play this game due to a thumb injury.  For Australia, Rachel Haynes will sit out not just this Test but the rest of the series due a hamstring injury she sustained during the ODI leg of the series.

WEATHER FORECAST: There is a storm warning and a rain forecast for the first two days of the Test. We hope we manage to get some decent time out in the field today.

 

FOUR POINTS ARE ON OFFER FOR THE WINNER OF THIS TEST MATCH. Should Australia win, the side will take an unassailable lead in the series.


HERE’S HOW THE POINTS TABLE OF THE MULTI-FORMAT SERIES LOOKS:

FORMAT AUSTRALIA INDIA
TESTS
ODI 4 2
T20IS  

 

WHERE TO WATCH

You can catch the third ODI between India and Australia on the Sony Sports Network. The match will also be streamed live on the Sony Liv app.

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