Australia struggles 143/4 in response to India’s 377/8d

Australia struggles 143/4 in response to India’s 377/8d

On day 2 punches, Australia was 143/4, with Ellyse Perry holding the innings together, hitting at 27 out of 98 alongside Ashleigh Gardner at 13 not out as they follow India with 234 runs.

The visitors declared their innings shortly after Deepti Sharma’s dismissal for 167-ball 66-run knock at the Carrara Oval. Sharma hit eight limits to get her best test score, a day after opener Smriti Mandhana grabbed the headlines with a stunning first century in the format. All-rounder Sharma got out shortly after the lunch break.

It’s the best hitting day and India is taking advantage of it. They only have one wicket from Tanya Bhatia and are progressing quite well. Bhatia fell for Stella Campbell for 22, but Deepti Sharma hits well and has Pooja Vastrakar for company. India has amply passed the 300-run mark.

Rain destroyed a significant part of the game on the second day after India opener Smriti Mandhana stole the spotlight with a stunning virgin Test hundred in the historic women’s day/night game against Australia in Gold Coast on Friday.

India was 276 for five in 101.5 overs when lightning forced the players in some time after the dinner break, meaning more than a session was wasted due to bad weather. The lightning was followed by rain, which made the field wet.

Despite the Carrara Oval’s excellent drainage system, play was unable to resume as the outfield took more than a few hours to dry, even after the supersop had been deployed by the proactive ground crew.

The umpires inspected at 8:30 PM local time before coming to the decision to cancel the remainder of the day, the second time after a similar experience on Thursday’s opening day.

Deepti Sharma hit 12 and Taniya Bhatia had yet to open her account as the players left the field and covers were applied.

There will be 108 overs bowled on each of the final two days of the match.

India lost two wickets in the second session, including skipper Mithali Raj for 30 and debutant Yastika Bhatia for 19. Mithali, looking good for a big one, was exhausted after playing some nice shots.

Previously, the flamboyant opener Mandhana shattered a few records en route to beating a magnificent Test century, while India made the opening session to 231/3 on the second day.

Over the dinner break, India was in strong position, having started proceedings at 132 for one.

Mandhana, 25, became the first Indian woman to reach a century in day-night Tests and also the country’s first to reach three figures in the traditional format of the game on Australian soil.

Mandhana made 127 from 216 balls using 22 boundaries and a six at the Carrara Oval, adding an Indian record of 102 runs in Australia for the second wicket with Punam Raut (36), continuing the good work after posting of 93 with Shafali Verma on opening day.

She passed her century with a short arm pull shot of Ellysse Perry in the 52nd.

Mandhana wouldn’t have added to her overnight score of 80 in the second over of Day 2, but Perry went too far. Repetitions showed that the catch was also debatable.

However, the Indian opener overcame the early jitters and went about her business in a professional manner while playing some nice shots, including a beautiful straight drive from Annabel Sutherland.

She seemed ready for more, but was caught halfway through the bowling Ash Gardner, after playing a rebellious drive.

Raut walked away after being caught after roll call, despite the umpire not amusing the loud cries of Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning.

However, Mithali got right to the job, sweeping and driving Gardner for four.

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