India assert their dominance over Australia on the first day of the solitary women’s Test match in Mumbai.

India have complete control of the one-off Test at Wankhede Stadium, reaching 98 for one at the end of the opening day after bowling Australia out for a modest 219. Smriti Mandhana (43 not out) displayed superb form, as did her opening partner Shafali Verma (40), before Verma was dismissed lbw by Jess Jonassen, the left-arm orthodox spinner, shortly before the close of play in Mumbai. The Indian duo scored boundaries at almost a run a ball in their 90-run partnership, reducing the deficit to 121 runs. Ash Gardner’s finger-spin in the 10th over finally slowed down India’s progress, after they had raced to 64 without loss. Australia’s seamers conceded 77 runs from their 12 overs, while the spinners Gardner and Jonassen only conceded 12 runs in their seven overs. Earlier, Australia struggled with the bat in challenging conditions, with Tahlia McGrath (50 off 56 balls), Alyssa Healy (38), and Kim Garth (28 not out) making noteworthy contributions. Pooja Vastrakar (four for 53), Sneh Rana (three for 56), and Deepti Sharma (two for 45) were instrumental in breaking Australia’s top and middle order. Australia faced early trouble, losing two wickets in the first 10 deliveries, with Phoebe Litchfield being run out and Ellyse Perry being bowled by Vastrakar. Vastrakar also dismissed Beth Mooney (40) before lunch, and later took the wickets of Annabel Sutherland (16) and Ash Gardner (11) in the middle session. Alyssa Healy, who recently took over as captain, batted courageously in her first innings after a two-month break due to a finger injury. Her dismissal, bowled while attempting a sweep against Deepti Sharma, triggered Australia’s collapse, which was partially recovered by Kim Garth’s late contribution.

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