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INDIA 1st innings:
132/1 at stumps on day one
231/3 at dinner on day two
It’s official: Play on Day 2 has been officially suspended, making it a second straight rain-hit day in the pink-ball Test. Day 3 will resume at 9.30 AM IST tomorrow, with India batting on 276/5. (Deepti Sharma 12*, Taniya Bhatia 0*)
India 276/5 after 101.5 overs: Reports of worse puddles than yesterday.
Play stopped: Oh dear, things don’t look good in Gold Coast.
India 276/5 after 101.5 overs: Play stopped
PLAY STOPPED: India 276/5 after 101.5 overs (Deepti Sharma 12, Taniya Bhatia 0) Unfortunately, lightning does strike twice in this match.
India 274/5 (Deepti Sharma 10, Taniya Bhatia 0): Pacer standing in silly point. Don’t see that often. Not long after that direct hit, Sutherland gears up for a stint as a close in fielder with Molineux looking to attack Taniya.
Over 98.1: WICKET! Mithali Raj (30) run out (direct hit Annabel Sutherland), 274/5
Sutherland with a superb direct hit, Mithali Raj cannot return back to the crease on time. A momentary slip while turning back proved costly for the Indian captain. Australia are fighting back.
India 269/4 (Mithali Raj 30, Deepti Sharma 5): Good spell of pressure from Perry and McGrath. And now spin comes on with Molineux.
Deepti Sharma is the new batter in.
Over 92.5: WICKET! Yastika Bhatia (19) c Beth Mooney b Ellyse Perry, 261/4
Ellyse Perry has the wicket she has been searching for! The star allrounder has not the best time with the ball in hand, but she has bowled a superb spell here and gets the wicket she deserved. Yastika Bhatia caught by Beth Mooney.
India 260/3 (Mithali Raj 26, Yastika Bhatia 20): A LBW appeal from Perry against Raj but it seemed high in real time, replays show it to be closer. Raj needed treatment after taking a hit near the groin area. Perry continues to search for a wicket. Brown with a bit wayward over next up.
Meanwhile on the broadcast... fascinating insight from Simon Taufel. Says for him, the LBW judging process starts the moment a player comes out to bat. What’s their height, what guard they take, what’s the size of the pads, where they are in the crease.
India 257/3 (Mithali Raj 25, Yastika Bhatia 18): 250 comes up for India! Having impressed on her debut in ODIs, Yastika Bhatia is off to a solid start on her debut in Tests too. Two boundaries in one Darcie Brown over, as India shift a gear post dinner. Slapped through cover, then an effective pull.
India 248/3 (Mithali Raj 24, Yastika Bhatia 10): A good over from Perry... until she sprayed one on the hip of Bhatia, glanced away easily for four. That ball has been Perry’s undoing so far on India’s tour.
India 242/3 (Mithali Raj 23, Yastika Bhatia 5): Earlier, Beth Mooney takes a stunning catch off Ellyse Perry’s bowling, no ball. Smriti Mandhana goes on to score a ton. Now, Beth Mooney drops a sitter off Ellyse Perry’s bowling, Mithali Raj gets a life. (Perry yet to get a wicket on India’s tour so far)
India 240/3 (Mithali Raj 23, Yastika Bhatia 3): Mandhana said in a mid-session chat that the weather is on the mind for Indians. Perhaps there is going to be an attempt to score quicker runs in the session, Raj starts off in the first over with a delightful cover drive off Perry and then a square drive off Brown in the next over.
Second session: Ellyse Perry to Mithali Raj.... here we go.
Smriti Mandhana’s 5 international centuries: Hobart, Taunton, Kimberley, Napier, Gold Coast
Five SENA tons before a century at home!
END OF SESSION – India 231/3 (Mithali Raj 15, Yastika Bhatia 2): Just the one over from Sutherland with the new ball, McGrath takes over... and it is a tidy end to the session for Australia. The hosts got the wicket of Mandhana and then Raut gave them the wicket of herself.
Session 1: 39.5 overs, 99 runs, 2 wickets.
India 230/3 (Mithali Raj 15, Yastika Bhatia 2) Australia delayed the new ball, got a wicket with the spinner in play and then take it with two new batters in. It’s an expensive first over from Sutherland though, starting with a massive wide down the leg side for five. Another leg byes down there for four too. Perry from the other end, bowls a tight over to Yastika on debut.
WICKET! Punam Raut (36) c Alyssa Healy b Sophie Molineux, 217/3
Punam Raut walks back. When the umpire shakes his head to say no to the appeal... with the new ball due, India needed a set batter, but Raut decides to walk as she thinks she has edged it.
India 217/2 (Punam Raut 36, Mithali Raj 13) End of 80 overs. False shots in that Sutherland over from Raj, the first outside edge is over gully for four and the second falls just short.
Molineux comes on to bowl... with new ball available in two overs. Interesting.
India 210/2 (Punam Raut 34, Mithali Raj 9): In case we didn’t mention this earlier, Australia have used 8 bowlers already. Raj hits another four off Gardner while Sutherland keeps things super tight from her end.She has really bowled a lovely spell.
India 205/2 (Punam Raut 33, Mithali Raj 5): Just a couple of overs for Darcie Brown, and Sutherland returns to the attack. Gardner continues to keep things tidy at one end. Her figures read 20-9-22-1, just brilliant. Raj spoiled it a bit by hitting her first four. Sutherland’s over from the other end, is actually quite superb, troubling Raut in the channel.
India 195/2 (Punam Raut 30, Mithali Raj 0): An interesting phase of the match now. Can the hosts put some pressure on Raj early?
Over 68.1: WICKET! Smriti Mandhana (127) c Tahlia McGrath b Ashleigh Gardner, 195/2
Australia have ended the brilliant partnership, the brilliant innings of Smriti Mandhana. Ash Gardner gets the Indian opener to drive uppishly and the catch is taken by Tahlia McGrath. A scintillating 127 from Mandhana. Australia have trusted Gardner the most in this match and she strikes, deservingly.
STAT: Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut have put together a century partnership. The highest for Indian women for any wicket in Test matches played in Australia already, going past the long-standing mark of 93 set by Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma yesterday.
India 191/1 (Smriti Mandhana 126, Punam Raut 27) The Aussies continue to operate with spin from both ends. There is some bounce on offer for sure but certainly not enough to trouble the Indian batters. Raut too is starting to look busier in the middle.
STAT: Smriti Mandhana now has the highest ever Test innings individual score in Australia by a visiting woman. The previous best was Molly Hide’s 124* in *double checks once more* 1949!
India 179/1 (Smriti Mandhana 119, Punam Raut 22) Much like day one, it has taken just an hour or so for Meg Lanning to go with spin from both ends. The plans to go at India with pace, pace, pace have clearly not worked for Aussies.
STAT: As per cricket.com.au’s Adam Burnett, Smriti Mandhana is the first Indian woman to score a Test as well as ODI century against Australia.
India 166/1 (Smriti Mandhana 109, Punam Raut 19) Campbell has replaced Perry in the attack a couple of overs back, doesn’t matter who the bowler is though, the moment it is short, Mandhana is punishing on the leg side. Another four for her. Lanning goes back to spin now, Gardner in the attack to replace Sutherland. A penny for Aussie captain’s thoughts about her toss call.
India 159/1 (Smriti Mandhana 103, Punam Raut 19) Here’s the moment!
Zenia D’Cunha: FIRST Test century for Smriti Mandhana (in her 4th match) and she brings it up in the Pink Ball Test. Here we were worried about little practice, skiddy ball, Aussie pace battery. There, one of the world’s best batters shows that class is class, no matter the color of the ball!
CENTURY FOR SMRITI MANDHANA: First ODI century in Australia. First Test century in Australia What an innings! What a player.
India 149/1 (Smriti Mandhana 93, Punam Raut 19) A couple of risky singles in the last couple of overs by the Indian batters. Perhaps it’s the plan to keep the scoreboard ticking but it would be criminal if this partnership (or if Mandhana’s innings) ends in a run out.
India 145/1 (Smriti Mandhana 91, Punam Raut 17) Packed offside field. Smriti Mandhana says ‘I will have my boundary straight down the ground, thank you very much!’ What a delightful straight drive. (Finds the gap on the offside too somehow a couple of times in that Sutherland over, for good measure). Into the 90s...
India 138/1 (Smriti Mandhana 84, Punam Raut 17): Well, we were wondering about this on day one. This graphic reiterates that. The pitch didn’t help as much as expected but the Aussie length was a bit too short.
India 135/1 (Smriti Mandhana 81, Punam Raut 17): The ploy for now is pace-pace. Sutherland to operate with Perry. Mandhana will, like last night, have to pierce a strong offside field to get any joy there.
India 133/1 (Smriti Mandhana 80, Punam Raut 16): WOW. That is incredible. The fullest of full tosses. The softest of dismissals as Smriti Mandhana hits it to Beth Mooney. Sensational catch, too it looked like at short point. But turns out it is a no ball from Ellyse Perry. From massive disappointment for India to massive disappointment to Australia in the space of few seconds. Mackay memories.
India 132/1 (Smriti Mandhana 80, Punam Raut 16): Ash Gardner finishes the over she started last night. Now, it will be interesting to see if Lanning sticks to spin-pace, or it will be pace-pace.
Reminder of playing XIs
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (c), Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Darcie Brown, Stella Campbell
09.29 am: And here we go, for now it is bright and sunny. The Aussies make their way to the middle first, followed by Mandhana and Raut.
09.20 am: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the day-night Test match between Australia and India. After just 44.1 overs were possible on day one, we are set for an early start on day two of this four-day match.
Smriti Mandhana headlined a rain-hit opening day with a career-best 80 not out which had elegance written all over it as the India finished on 132 for 1 in the one-off Day/Night Test against Australia in Gold Coast.
Mandhana, who peppered the off-side field repeatedly with some gorgeous shots to reach 80 off 144 balls with 15 boundaries and a six, added 93 for the opening stand with Shafali Verma (31 off 64 balls). Giving her company as of overnight is Punam Raut (16 batting, 57 balls) and they added 39 runs for the unbroken second wicket stand before rain stopped play in the 45th over and didn’t start again.