Indian batters disappoint as Australia win by 44 runs in T20 WC warmup match

Cape Town, 6 Feb: Batting let India down once again as they collapsed like a pack of cards to suffer a 44-run loss to Australia in a low-scoring Women’s T20 World Cup warm-up match here on Monday.
Asked to field, the Indian bowlers blew away the Aust-ralian top order but tail-enders Georgia Wareham (32) and Jess Jonassen’s (22) unbeaten 50-run partnership powered Australia to 129 for 8.
In reply, the Indian batters were skittled out for 85 in 15 overs.
It was the second consecutive time that batting has let down India. The ‘Women in Blue’ had suffered a similar collapse in the Tri-Series final last week against South Africa.
Pacer Darcie Brown (4/17) was the wrecker-in-chief as she cleaned up the Indian top order, taking the vital scalps of Shafali Verma (2), Smriti Mandhana (0) and Richa Ghosh (5).
The woeful run of Jemimah Rodrigues, who opened the innings alongside Shafali, continued as she was out on nought while skipper Harmanpreet Kaur did not bat.
Harleen Doel (12) showed some intent, hitting two fours before succumbing to a run out while Deepti Sharma was the top scorer as the all-rounder remained unbeaten on 19. She could have taken India over the line had someone stayed with her till the end.
Earlier, veteran pacer Shikha Pandey (2/9) struck in her first two overs to send Australia skipper Meg Lann-ing (0) and Tahlia McGrath (2) packing. A run out by Radha Yadav spelt the end of Ellyse Perry (1) as Australia were reeling at 10 for 3.
Ash Gardner (22) and Beth Mooney (28) provided some resistance but Pooja Vastrakar (2/16) and Radha Yadav (2/22) ran through the middle order. (PTI)