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AUS-W won by 3 wickets
 
This is all we have from the opening game of the Women's T20 Commonwealth Games 2022! It has certainly been an enthralling contest and we have more to follow so do stay tuned to catch it all. This has been Shashwat and myself (Rishab) as we sign off for the moment! 
Do have an eye out on all the Indian athletes and action going on throughout the day and do not miss out!
Despite the loss, Renuka Singh had the ball talking and a memorable start at the Commonwealth Games as India's lead pacer! 
All smiles for Australia then as the World Champions have given us another example of why they are the best side. They were under pressure, lost a flurry of wickets at the top and really seemed to be down and out early on. They were reduced to 49/5 but what a terrific comeback it has been from that stage. A magnificent unbeaten half-century from the ever reliable Ashleigh Gardner, carrying them under pressure. Grace Harris played a brilliant knock as well and it was that partnership that got them back into the contest. 

Alana King then joined Gardner and played an equally important role with her unbeaten 18 that was pretty valuable in the end. Australia will be delighted to have pulled this off as they begin their campaign at the Commonwealth Games with a historic win. 

India, on the other hand, have certainly missed a trick after having this game well under their control. They had a dream start courtesy Renuka Thakur, who bowled a terrific spell at the top as she ran through the Australian top order to give India the momentum that they needed with the ball. However, India kept giving away runs all the way through and could not control the flow of runs. 

They had the game in the bag and faltered at the death under pressure. Inexperience in the bowling unit showing there as they really could have won this game. An opportunity missed and they will be disappointed with themselves to not have finished it off. They were short on runs as well and that came back to haunt them. Australia got those vital partnerships and were in the game despite having lost wickets. India will have to bowl with better control and correct their mistakes going into the next game. 

Positives to take away for both sides but it is always important to start off on a winning note, which Australia have done here. Pulling such games off makes them a champion side and there is plenty to learn for the rest of the sides looking at this contest. An impressive showing from India nonetheless and they will look to bounce back from here!
What a turnaround this has been! India had things under control but it is this one partnership that has taken the game away from them. They have missed a golden opportunity to beat Australia here. Simply brilliant from Gardner and King has supported her very well. Australia continue their dominant run and begin the Commonwealth Games with a win. They are the World Champions and they know how to win games under pressure. India will be disappointed to have thrown this away. Australia win by 3 wickets and an over to spare then!
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157 /7 score
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cricket bat icon Ashleigh Gardner
52 (35)
cricket bat icon Alana King *
18 (16)
cricket ball icon Deepti Sharma
2 /24
18.6 Deepti Sharma to Alana King, FOUR! THAT WILL BE THAT! Full delivery on off stump and that is just what King is looking for! She opens up her stance and mousses it past deep mid wicket for a boundary! Australia show why they are world champions and you feel India have missed a massive opportunity here!
18.5 Deepti Sharma to Alana King, length delivery just outside off stump. King has an agricultural swipe across the line and misses as the ball pings off the thigh pad into the off side
18.4 Deepti Sharma to Ashleigh Gardner, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Gardner gets onto the back foot and punches the ball towards deep cover point for a single
FIFTY for Gardner and that should pretty much be it for Australia as well!
18.3 Deepti Sharma to Ashleigh Gardner, FOUR! POWER! RAW POWER! Full delivery outside off stump. Gardner sits back deep in her crease and slaughters it past mid off for four
18.2 Deepti Sharma to Ashleigh Gardner, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Gardner gets onto the back foot and punches it towards deep cover point. Jemimah is slightly unaware on the fence and concedes the second run
18.1 Deepti Sharma to Ashleigh Gardner, full delivery on leg stump. Gardner comes onto the front foot and pushes the ball down the ground towards the fielder at mid off
Deepti Sharma [3.0-0-13-2] is back into the attack
Australia running away with this game now and India seem to have got their tactics wrong here. Runs coming easily for Australia and this has been a magnificent knock from Gardner and the last couple of over have been really good for them. India need a miracle to win this game from here. They are faltering under pressure. 9 more off 12 needed!
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146 /7 score
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cricket bat icon Ashleigh Gardner *
45 (31)
cricket bat icon Alana King
14 (14)
cricket ball icon Radha Yadav
0 /42
17.6 Radha Yadav to Ashleigh Gardner, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Gardner gets onto the back foot and punches the ball down the ground for another single
17.5 Radha Yadav to Ashleigh Gardner, FOUR! SUMPTUOUS! In the slot and Gardner is not going to miss out! She comes out of her bunker and creams it over extra cover for four