AUS 173/1 (18.1 overs): Well, that was simply brilliant from Australia. Beth Mooney remains unbeaten on 89 off 57 and Tahlia McGrath is not out on 40 off 29 as the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on the back of a masterful chase. India were poor in the field with dropped catches and plenty of misfielding. There were positives in the batting department but overall, India will need to forget this result quickly.

Australia win by 9 wickets

AUS 171/1 (18 overs): A quiet over from Anjali, just five runs from it. Australia are two runs away from victory.

AUS 166/1 (17 overs): Now Meghna Singh is taken to the cleaners. Tahlia scoops one for six before slapping one over point for four, and Mooney then clips one stylishly for four before guiding one cleverly past short-third for another four. This is frighteningly good (yet again) by Australia.

AUS 147/1 (16 overs): Another boundary through the extra cover region for Mooney as Renuka offers a juicy full toss. Australia now need 26 off 24.

AUS 136/1 (15 overs): Massive over! This is turning into a Beth Mooney masterclass. The left-hander hits leg-spinner Devika Vaidya for four fours in the over – all through the cover, extra cover and point region. It seemed close at one point but Australia are bossing this chase now.

AUS 118/1 (14 overs): Well, this is the last thing India need – they misfield twice in three balls and concede two fours. An expensive over from Radha as Australia keep marching on.

AUS 109/1 (13.3 overs): FIFTY for Beth Mooney. She gets there off 43 balls. The left-hander has played some sublime strokes and will be keen to bat till the end and take her team over the line.

AUS 106/1 (13 overs): Australia get the big over they were looking for as Tahlia and Mooney hit a four each and Deepti concedes four byes as well.

AUS 92/1 (12 overs): Tidy over from Radha, just five runs from it. Australia now need 81 off 48.

AUS 87/1 (11 overs): Anjali returns to the attack and Tahlia crunches one through cover for four but the left-arm pacer does well to concede just two more runs in the rest of the over (with four dot balls).

AUS 81/1 (10 overs): Dropped! Radha puts down another chance at point. This time Tahlia cuts one from Meghna and the ball flies at a good height but Radha puts in a dive and drops the catch. Mooney then ends the over with a four past fine-leg.

AUS 73/1 (8.5 overs): OUT! Devika gets India the breakthrough as Healy drives a full toss straight to Harmanpreet at cover. The crowd in the stadium comes to life as Healy ealks back for 37 off 23. The new batter is Tahlia McGrath.

AUS 68/0 (8 overs): Shot of the match so far by Healy. Radha, having been swept for four by Mooney earlier in the over, tosses one up and Healy steps down to play a gorgeous inside-out drive over long-off for six.

AUS 57/0 (7 overs): Six! Leg-spinner Devika Vaidya joins the attack and beats Healy with a top delivery but the right-hander responds like a boss and sweeps one for six. India need to break this partnership soon.

AUS 47/0 (6 overs): Off-spinner Deepti Sharma joins the attack and concedes eight runs in her first over. Openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney have put Australia in a promising position in the chase at the end of the powerplay.

AUS 39/0 (5 overs): Another big over for Australia, this time Renuka is hit for three fours. Mooney sweeps one in the gap, then hits a drive straight over, and finally clips one past the square fielder in the ring. This is turning into a solid start for the visitors.

AUS 26/0 (4 overs): Expensive over from Anjali. She bowls one short and is pulled by Mooney for four, before pitching one too full and being driven by Healy for four.

AUS 16/0 (3 overs): Dropped! Oh dear, that could prove to be a costly miss. Mooney cuts one from Renuka and the ball gets to Radha Yadav at point at a good height but she can’t hold on after putting in a dive. But a fine over from Renuka, just a wide and a single from it.

AUS 14/0 (2 overs): Left-arm pacer Anjali Sarvani, on debut, drifts on to Alyssa Healy’s pads in her first over and is pulled by the right-hander for four. Seven runs from the second over too.

AUS 7/0 after 1 over: Oh, chance! Renuka, as she often does, induces the edge but with the keeper up and slip wide, the ball pierces the gap off Healy’s outside edge. Goes for four.

Time for the run-chase. Beth Mooney and captain Alyssa Healy are in the middle. Australia’s batting, despite some big name misses, is more than capable of chasing this down. Can Indian bowlers strike early? A lot will depend on Renuka Singh Thakur but also keep an eye out for Anjali who notched up some really nice powerplay numbers domestically.

IND 172/5 (20 overs): A stunning finish by Deepti Sharma! She hits Megan Schutt for four consecutive fours to remain unbeaten on a fantastic 36 off 15. Devika Vaidya is not out on 25 off 24 as India finish with an formidable total.

India finish with 172/5

IND 154/5 (19 overs): Fine batting by Deepti as she picks up two fours in this over as well. Gardner bowls a high full toss and the left-hander pulls it in the gap, before driving one powerfully down the ground. Last over coming up and India need Deepti to face most of it.

IND 142/5 (18 overs): Two fours for Deepti! The left-hander pulls one from Sutherland in the gap before cutting one past the fielder. India will be eying that 170-run mark with two overs remaining.

IND 132/5 (16.5 overs): OUT! Ash Gardner strikes and gets the important wicket of Richa Ghosh. The right-hander had hit a straight six earlier in the over but she steps out and gets stumped this time. Sharp work with the gloves by skipper Healy. Richa walks back after a brilliant 36 off 20. The new batter is Deepti Sharma.

A 50-run stand off just 30 balls between Richa Ghosh and Devika Vaidya...

Courtesy BCCI

IND 125/4 (16 overs): Schutt returns to the attack and Richa picks up another four with a thick outside edge past short-third. The right-hander has moved on to 30 off 16.

IND 115/4 (15 overs): Another big over for India! Devika gets in on the act and steps out to hit a six over mid-wicket, before Richa plays a powerful square cut for four. Expensive over from Jonassen.

IND 103/4 (14 overs): Top batting by Richa! Alana tosses one right up and the right-hander sweeps the ball straight over long-on for six. She then pulls the ball in the gap for four before playing a wonderful late cut past short-third to make it a hat-trick of boundaries. Just the sort of push India needed.

IND 87/4 (13 overs): Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen joins the attack and drops one slightly short and it is enough for Richa Ghosh to cut it in the gap for four.

IND 81/4 (12 overs): Shot! Kim Garth offers some width and Devika Vaidya cuts the ball wonderfully for four. The left-hander found the gap past point perfectly there.

IND 76/4 (11.2 overs): OUT! Kim Garth, playing her first game for Australia, gets the big wicket of Harmanpreet Kaur. The India captain drives the ball straight to the cover fielder at the edge of the circle and departs for 21 off 23. The new batter is Richa Ghosh. India are in trouble.

IND 76/3 (11 overs): Devika sweeps the ball hard but finds the fielder in the deep and gets just a single. Harmanpreet then pulls the ball hard and again, it goes straight to the fielder in the deep for just a single. Five runs come from that Alana over.

IND 71/3 (10 overs): Shot! Sutherland bangs it in and Harmanpreet hits a powerful pull in the gap for four. India needed that, eight runs came from the over.

IND 63/3 (9 overs): Leg-spinner Alana King joins the attack and concedes just four runs in her first over. India are in a tricky position and it will be interesting to see how skipper Harmanpreet Kaur goes about it.

IND 59/3 (8 overs): OUT! Huge blow for India as Smriti Mandhana is gone for 28 off 22. She had player a square cut just wide of the fielder earlier but she isn’t as lucky this time and is caught by Beth Mooney. Right-arm pacer Annabel Sutherland with a big wicket for Australia in her first over. The new batter is Devika Vaidya.

IND 56/2 (7 overs): Australia introduce spin as Ash Gardner joins the attack. Harmanpreet gets her first boundary by leaning forward and beating the cover fielder with a powerful drive.

IND 48/2 (6 overs): Schutt changes ends and bowls a tidy over, just three runs from it. Australia have pulled things back nicely in the last two overs.

IND 45/2 (4.5 overs): OUT! Perry has her second wicket. Classy bowling from the right-arm pacer as she bowls four dot balls to Jemimah Rodrigues before the right-hander miscues a pull to mid-on. A six-ball duck for Jemimah as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur comes to the crease.

IND 45/1 (4 overs): A hat-trick of fours for Mandhana! She cuts one in the air just past extra cover, before pulling the ball over mid-wicket and finally getting an inside-edge past Healy. The left-hander then ends the over with an excellent square cut for four along the ground. Her timing is second to none. This is turning into a cracking start for India.

IND 28/1 (2.5 overs): OUT! Ellyse Perry gets Australia the breakthrough. Shafali was looking so good, she got an inside edge for four before cutting the next ball for six, but she gets an edge down leg this time and walks back for 21 off 10. The new batter is Jemimah.

IND 18/0 (2 overs): Mandhana gets going as well. She swings hard a couple of times but can’t connect, before finally finding the middle of the bat and sending the ball past point with a square cut for four. The left-hander then ends the over with a pull over mid-wicket for two. Six runs come from right-arm pacer Kim Garth’s first over for Australia.

IND 12/0 (1 over): Big over! First boundary of the night and it comes from Shafali’s bat. Megan swings the ball back in from well out but it’s over-pitched and the right-hander drives it powerfully through cover and mid-off for four. Shafali then ends the over with a superb pull for six. She makes it look so easy when she times the ball like that.

7.00 pm: The national anthems are done and we’re ready for play! Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma are opening the batting for India. Here we go!

Courtesy: BCCI

A big night for left-arm medium pacer Anjali Sarvani as she makes her India debut.

Playing XIs

India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Devika Vaidya, Richa Ghosh (w), Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Anjali Sarvani, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh.

Australia: Alyssa Healy (w/c), Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Grace Harris, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Kim Garth, Megan Schutt.

Former Ireland player Kim Garth is set to maker her Australia debut...

TOSS: Australia have won the toss and opted to field first.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the first T20 International between India and Australia at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai.

Harmanpreet Kaur and Co are returning to action after their Asia Cup triumph in October. Meanwhile, Australia are playing their first match since beating India in the Commonwealth Games final in August. India are without a head coach at the moment, as Ramesh Powar was transferred from his post and Hrishikesh Kanitkar was brought in as batting coach. Both teams will be eyeing a strong performance in this series as they build up towards the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa next February. Australia will be led by Alyssa Healy as Meg Lanning continues to be on a break from the game.

Australia tour of India: All five T20Is at DY Patil stadium and CCI to have free entry for fans

India’s squad for the T20I series against Australia: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh Thakur, Meghna Singh, Anjali Sarvani, Devika Vaidya, S Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Harleen Deol.

Net bowlers: Monika Patel, Arundhati Reddy, SB Pokharkar, Simran Bahadur.

Australia’s squad for the T20I series against India: Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland.

Schedule for the series (IST)

Day   Date   Time Match   Venue  
Friday   9th December   7 pm 1st T20I   DY Patil Stadium 
Sunday   11th December   7 pm 2nd T20I   DY Patil Stadium
Wednesday   14th December   7 pm 3rd T20I   CCI  
Saturday   17th December   7 pm 4th T20I   CCI  
Tuesday   20th December   7 pm 5th T20I   CCI