Smriti Mandhana became the second fastest to 1000 runs in WT20I format in 49 innings | Getty

The big-ticket match between Australia and India in the ongoing ICC Women’s World T20 in Guyana stayed true to its name as India showed their dominance in the format over the three-time World champions.

Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and as usual, chose to bat first. Though Tania Bhatia (2) and Jemimah Rodrigues (6) failed with the bat, Smriti Mandhana (83 off 55 balls; 9 fours, 3 sixes) and Harmanpreet Kaur (43 with 3 fours and 3 sixes) 68 runs for the third wicket to put India ahead in the game.

After Harmanpreet was dismissed by Kimmince, Mandhana carried on to complete the fastest fifty by an Indian in Women T20I (off 31 balls) and eventually was dismissed for 83. The lower order failed to contribute and India finished on 167/8 in 20 overs. For Australia, Ellyse Perry picked 3/16 in her 100thT20I matches, making her the first Australian to reach that mark in Women’s T20Is.

Australia was hampered by a concussion to Alyssa Healy when she collided with Megan Schutt while going for a catch and was unable to come out to bat. Though Ashleigh Gardner (20) and Beth Mooney (19) tried to get on top of the Indian spinners, they kept losing wickets regularly.

Anuja Patil picked 3/15, while Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, and Radha Yadav picked two wickets each. Ellyse Perry remained not out on 39 off 28 balls with 3 fours and 1 six to her name.

India women won the match by 48 runs and topped the Group B, making it into the semifinals unbeaten.

Twitter was in awe of the Indian team’s performance, especially the spinners and Smriti Mandhana and showered their love with tweets.

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By Jatin Sharma

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