On Day 1 of the first Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, star India spinner Deepti Sharma got the important wicket of Australia skipper Alyssa Healy (Thursday, December 21). Healy was returned with a peach of a ball by the off-spinner. After hitting one maximum and four boundaries in his 38 runs off 75 balls, the captain left the field.
The dismissal happened in Australia’s opening innings in the 46th over. With a tossed-up delivery that turned back in, Deepti Sharma bowled. Healy tried sweeping, but the ball stayed too low, beating the shot and smashing into the stumps. Shortly after Healy successfully challenged the LBW ruling with a score of 36, she was dismissed. With the wicket, India reduced Australia to 143/5 after 45.1 overs as well.
Here is how Deepti Sharma removed Alyssa Healy:
India dominate Australia on Day 1
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Alyssa Healy, India has trounced Australia Women. After a quick run out, Jemimah Rodrigues dismissed Phoebe Litchfield for a diamond duck, which was the first breakthrough. Then, Pooja Vastrakar gave Ellyse Perry a lovely delivery at a low cost.
With the bat, Tahila McGrath and Beth Mooney stole the show. McGrath hit eight boundaries and fifty points off of 56 deliveries. Mooney, meanwhile, contributed 40 off 94, which included two boundaries. Together, the two scored 80 runs to rescue the visitors from 7/2. After reaching her half-century, Sneh Rana dismissed McGrath, and at the stroke of lunch, Vastrakar returned Mooney.
After 48.4 overs, Australia was 155/5 at the time of writing, with Ashleigh Gardner and Annabel Sutherland at the crease. Deepti Sharma’s nine wickets in a 347-run victory against England in a one-off Test are what Harmanpreet Kaur and company are coming off of.
The Women in Blue will also play Australia in December 2023 and January 2024 in three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and as many Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).