Following the mediocre target of 200 runs, Aussie team chased it down easily in 32 overs and eight wickets to spare. However, Mandhana was trapped in front of the wicket by Amanda-Jade Wellington in the first ball of the 10th over, giving the leg-spinner the first of her three wickets.
For Nicole Bolton, the Player of the Match for her unbeaten century, it was a ideal game especially considering Australia's last outing against India resulted in the 2013 World Cup champions getting dumped out of the 2017 tournament in England previous year courtesy of Kaur's own special innings. "We've picked a number of players in good form from our WBBL competition".
Earlier, electing to bat after winning the toss, India succumbed to 113/7 before wicketkeeper Sushma Verma (41 off 71, 4x3) and No.9 Pooja Vastrakar (51 off 56; 4x7, 6x1) rescued the hosts to some sort of semi-respectability with a 76-run record eighth wicket stand. Punam Raut (37) looked solid to begin with but Smriti Mandhana (12) was struggling to get going before she was dismissed by Ashleigh Gardner (1-34). While facing 50 deliveries, Raut struck six boundaries and a six. Her opening partner Alyssa Healy made 38 and captain Meg Lanning 33 before being run out.
Nicole Bolton carried the innings through for Australia.
His Indian counterpart, Tushar Arothe, said India definitely had the home advantage, but admitted that there was room for improvement. Echoing Lanning's thoughts, head coach Matthew Mott said: "Agree, we're blessed with having a bit more of a crack at it domestically".
India won the toss and chose to bat first. Batting for only the third time in global cricket, Vastrakar showed there was more to her than that.
"There's no doubt that that loss [in the World Cup semifinal] hurt us, and we learned a lot from that and we do feel like we are in a better space now as a team". "It's something I have worked in Sri Lanka and it was quite successful".
Besides the punches and pulls, she also swept the Indian spinners competently.
The tactic will demand homework from the Indians; the Australian spinners took eight wickets, while the Indian spinner took none.