Watch: Alyssa Healy's brain-fade moment dislodges bail with ball in her other hand, Shafali Verma survives in 1st CWG 2022 match
The first match of the Commonwealth Games Women's Cricket Competition 2022 between India and Australia is underway at Edgbaston, Birmingham between India and Australia. The match is heading towards a great finish with both teams giving their 100 percent to make it more interesting.
It was India that won the toss and chose to bat first. Both Indian openers gave a great start. Smriti Mandhana made 24 off 17 balls with five boundaries, while Shafali Verma made 48 off 33 balls with nine fours.
But after the second wicket, Australia kept the pressure and kept taking wickets. One brainfade moment came in the 9th over of the innings. On the fifth ball of the ninth over, Tahlia McGrath bowled a wide delivery down the leg. Batter Shafali Verma missed the ball, and wicket-keeper Healy collected the ball and whipped the bails.
However, later it was shown that Healy dislogged the bails with the wrong hand and the ball was in her other hand. It was the luckiest chance that the batter could get in his innings. Despite her repeated attempts to hit the ball with her hand, the batter returned to her crease.
Healy misses😲😲😲 pic.twitter.com/f5OADComRv— Abhishek Sandikar (@Elonmast23) July 29, 2022
Speaking of the match, batting first, India's women made 154/8 in their 20 overs. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur played a cameo at the end. She scored a half-century and made 52 off 34 balls, with eight fours and one six. India started well with the ball as well.
Australia lost their first five wickets for just 49 runs in 7.2 overs. But then, the lower middle-order helped them get close to the target. Renuka Singh bowled exceptionally well. She bowled four straight overs at the start and picked up 4/18.
Grace Harris made 37 off 20 balls with five fours and two sixes in the middle for Australia. However, at one stage, the Australian women were at 110/7 in 14.2 overs, needing 44 runs with only three wickets in hand.
However, an unbeaten partnership of 47 runs for the eighth wicket between Ashleigh Gardner and Alana King (18) helped Australia win by three wickets with six balls remaining. Gardner brought an excellent unbeaten half-century and made 52 off 35 with 9 fours.