On Thursday at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town during the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup 2023, India suffered a crushing loss to Australia.

India, facing a 173-run target, reached 167/8 in 20 overs, losing by five runs despite Harmanpreet Kaur’s half-century.

The Indian captain hit six fours and a maximum his route to scoring 52 runs off just 34 balls.

Darcie Brown and Ashleigh Gardner, two of Australia’s bowlers, both bowled well and both claimed two wickets.

The first 20 overs of Australia’s innings saw Beth Mooney score a half-century and be in excellent form as they reached 172/4. With just 37 balls, Mooney scored 54 runs, including seven fours and a six.

Meg Lanning, the skipper, scored 49 runs off 34 balls, an undefeated effort that included four fours and two sixes.

Shikha Pandey, who was in excellent bowling form for India, finished with two dismissals, while Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma each managed one.

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