Sneh Rana couldn’t do much with the bat in the first ODI at Wankhede Stadium against Australia but did her bit in the field as soon as the Australia innings started. With a charge of giving the India cricket team a great start, pacer Renuka Singh came streaming in. However, it wasn’t a great swinging delivery that gave India their first breakthrough but a ‘flying’ Sneh Rana.
Sneh Rana’s sensational catch at backward point got Australia captain Alyssa Healy for a duck in the first over. Renuka Singh pitches one outside off and Healy goes for the drive only to get an outside edge and Sneh Rana makes no mistake diving to her left for a superb catch. Though she hurt herself while taking the excellent catch of Alyssa Healy and left the field immediately but came back soon.
After an early breakthrough, Australia batters Phoebe Litchfield and Ellyse Perry took the control of Australia innings and are building a good partnership between them. Australia needed to score 283 to emerge victorious to take 1-0 lead in the series.
Sneh Rana stunner:
𝙎𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝! 🤯
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) December 28, 2023
Ellyse Perry and Phoebe Litchfield steadied the ship after after losing Alyssa Healy early
Against Australia, India’s 282 proved to be their greatest ODI score. At the 2022 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, the Women in Yellow defeated India by 280 in an exciting match and will be hoping for a similar performance. In the game, Alyssa Healy scored a rapid seventy-two, and Meg Lanning, the captain at the time, added a match-winning ninety-seven.
Now that both of the aforementioned players are out of the picture—Lanning declared her retirement just prior to the tour—Australia will need to look elsewhere for support if they hope to win the first ODI against India.
Australia is already at 42-1 after seven overs, coasting through the first powerplay following the early strike. With the help of four fours and a six, Ellyse Perry, who bats third, is undefeated on 29 runs off 23 deliveries, and Phoebe Litchfield is playing the ideal role of second fiddle.
Australia is already at 42-1 after seven overs, coasting through the first powerplay following the early strike. With the help of four fours and a six, Ellyse Perry, who batted third, is undefeated on 29 runs off 23 deliveries, and Phoebe Litchfield is playing the ideal role of second fiddle.