Australia eager to raise game as India series hangs in balance

Australia lead the multi-format series but India are the form side and will continue to challenge the hosts in the remaining Twenty20 matches on Saturday and Sunday.

India’s batters dominated the drawn Test and the opening Twenty20 match on the Gold Coast but rain prevented the tourists nailing their advantage.

Georgia Wareham, centre, says the series with India is still up in the air.Credit:Getty

India were flying at 4-131 from 15.2 overs on Thursday night, charging towards a challenging total, when the match was washed out.

Australia started by claiming a tight one-day series victory in Mackay 2-1. With two points for a win, Australia led 4-2 going into the Test. Both sides received two points for the Test draw and one point each for Thursday’s no result, maintaining Australia’s advantage 7-5.

It means Australia need to win just one of the weekend’s matches to claim the overall series. India must win both.

“It’s very much still up in the air for the next two T20 games, which is really exciting,” leg-spinner Georgia Wareham said. “As a bowling group we’ve seen how India are going to go about it and we can adjust from there.”

The Australians were left in no doubt about India’s approach. They clubbed 17 fours and four sixes in a bold, attacking plan which saw them rattling along at more than eight-and-a-half an over.

Teenage opener Shafali Verma played a mixed innings, clubbing three sixes for her 18 runs from 14 balls after a number of wild swings.

“India came at us really hard, and we sort of expected that from Shafali and [Smriti] Mandhana (17 from 10 balls) at the top,” Wareham said.

“We probably just didn’t bowl the way we would have liked to at the start. There’s definitely things in there that we can improve on for the next game. We got a good look at how India are going to approach it, which is really good for our bowlers.”

The surprise was Jemimah Rodrigues playing her first game of the series. She was the foundation of India’s innings, hitting 49 from 36 balls. No other batter made more than 18.

“To Rodrigues, I just think we missed a lot of our spots and we haven’t seen her yet in the series, so this was a good chance for us to actually get a look at her and adjust,” Wareham said.

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