India creates history by securing their first-ever victory in a women’s Test match against Australia.

Australia’s women experienced their first-ever defeat to India in a Test match, surrendering to an eight-wicket loss on the final day of their one-off match in Mumbai. The tourists, led by Alyssa Healy, could only set a target of 75 runs for India after losing 7-55 in their second innings at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. With relative ease, India achieved the victory by recovering from the early loss of Shafali Verma and successfully chasing down the target.

Australia’s regrettable errors in the field, including a missed chance by Beth Mooney at first slip, allowed India to cruise to victory. Mooney’s drop would have resulted in an early wicket for India, leaving them at 2-9 on a challenging pitch. However, the hosts took advantage of this mistake as Smriti Mandhana scored an unbeaten 38 runs and formed a 51-run partnership with Richa Ghosh.

This defeat marks Australia’s first loss in the Test format since January 2014 and their first-ever loss to India in the 11 Tests they have played against them. Playing a Test match in India for the first time since 1984, the task of defeating India on their home ground was always going to be tough for Australia. However, their performance in the match did not aid their cause.

On the first morning, Australia stumbled to 2-7, with Phoebe Litchfield getting run out for a golden duck in the opening over. They ended their first innings at 219 all out on the same day, while India piled on 406 runs in their first innings, taking a commanding 187-run lead.

“We discovered that winning here is not easy. We would have loved to play more matches to make it more interesting,” said Healy. “Despite having a bad first day, we showed a lot of fighting spirit for the rest of the match. This was our first opportunity to play red-ball cricket in India, and we are learning on the go.”

Although Australia briefly fought back to 3-206 in the second innings, they were consistently under pressure throughout the match. Self-inflicted wounds further hindered their progress, as Mooney was run out due to a wander outside her crease, and Litchfield was dismissed while attempting a reverse sweep.

The rot continued on the third and fourth days, with Harmanpreet Kaur taking the wickets of Tahlia McGrath and Alyssa Healy late on day three. On Sunday, Gardner was adjudged lbw to an inswinger by Pooja Vastrakar in the second over of the morning, after a review.

On the final day, Annabel Sutherland provided the only significant resistance, displaying impressive shots through the covers and a glorious on-drive. However, she was caught behind on 27 when her attempted sweep shot off Sneh Rana ballooned off her glove and into the hands of Yastika Bhatia. Rana went on to dismiss Alana King next ball, and Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed the wickets of Kim Garth and Jess Jonassen to conclude Australia’s innings. India’s victory marks a historic moment for the women’s game, solidifying their status as a powerful force.

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