After the 1st T20I between India and Australia was washed out, both the sides returned to action in Queensland on Saturday and produced a thrilling contest for the fans. The pitch was way slower than the one seen in last match and the home side put India to bat first in challenging conditions. The Women in Blue struggled to find timing and they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.
However, Pooja Vastrakar's fiery 37-run cameo towards the end powered her side to 118/9 in 20 overs, opening up a slight opportunity for India to pave their way back into the contest. The onus was now on the bowlers to get some early wickets and Harmanpreet Kaur handed the ball to her experienced pacer Shikha Pandey to weave her magic with the new ball.
What a delivery from Shikha Pandey!
It wasn't actually a great start for Shikha Pandey with the ball as Alyssa Healy kicked off her innings with a brilliant pull shot towards the deep square boundary. She had made her intentions quite clear but the Aussie opener had no idea what was about to happen next.
The right-arm pacer came out all guns blazing on the next delivery and produced a scorching inswinger which deviated quite a lot to crash onto the stumps, leaving Alyssa Healy absolutely stunned. The on-air commentators could not believe what they saw as Lisa Sthalekar said, "Talk about the swinging ball under lights, just check this out. This is pitched (on) 6th stump line and takes the top of off stump."
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Australia win the low-scoring thriller by 4 wickets
It was a brilliant spell of bowling from Shikha Pandey, who got her side to the start that India were hoping for. However, she was unlucky to not get another wicket in the match despite producing few unplayable deliveries.
However, it was not exactly the same story for the pacer when she returned to the attack later in the match as she conceded 11 runs in the 18th over, when the match was evenly poised. Australia got the momentum in their favour and eventually hunted down the target in 19.1 overs, with 4 wickets in hand.