Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of the tour match between India Women and Australia Governor General’s XI Women. The Twenty20 tour match is being played at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, where the Indian men’s team is also present for their fifth One-Day International (ODI) slated to be played on Saturday. The Indian Women side is in Australia for a three-match T20 International (T20I) series, to be followed by another three-match ODI series. The tour begins today with this tour match, and will end on February 7, when the final ODI will be played. While the Indian Women are being led by the veteran Mithali Raj, the Governor General’s XI is being led by Jess Jonassen.

Live Cricket Score: Australia GG XI 19/1 | Overs 4 | IT IS OFFICIAL, THE MATCH HAS BEEN CALLED OFF DUE TO RAIN | Does not look there is going to be a lot of cricket here today, but let us keep our fingers crossed. Meanwhile, here is the brief scorecard: Beth Mooney 9*(14) Grace Harris run out (Mithali Raj) 7(10) Bridget Patterson 0(0) | Jhulan Goswami 2-0-13-0 Shikha Pandey 2-0-5-0

 

Live Cricket Score: Australia GG XI Women 19/1 | Overs 4 | Beth Mooney 9(14), Bridget Patterson 0(0) | RAIN STOPS PLAY. Beth Mooney and Grace Harris were off to a decent start against Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey before Mithali Raj strikes, running out Grace. Both Beth and Grace had hit a boundary each, Beth behind point, and Grace through point. Jhulan Goswami 2-0-13-0 Shikha Pandey 2-0-5-0. OUT! Grace Harris run out (Mithali Raj) 7(10)!

Updates are taking some time to come in. While you wait, why don’t you follow our Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd T20I live blog? Oh, and in case you are curious, the Australian Governor-General’s XI (after whom the side is named) is Peter Cosgrove.

While we wait for updates to come, here is something on the ground. Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, is the home ground of Balmain CC the club that gave the world Arthur Mailey and Archie Jackson. Other recruits of the club include Nathan Bracken, Graham Thorpe, and Jeremy Bray. The ground has hosted an Under-19 Test before, back in 1994-95. Australia Under-19s had beaten India Under-19s by 28 runs. A 17-year old called Brett Lee took 4 wickets in the match. I wonder what his pace was, at that time.

Live Cricket Score: India won the toss and elected to field.

Australia Governor-General’s XI Women: Jess Jonassen (c), Beth Mooney (wk), Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Holly Ferling, Sarah Beard, Molly Strano, Alex Price, Grace Harris, Amanda Wellington.

India Women: Mithali Raj (c), Sushma Verma (wk), Vellaswamy Vanitha, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Nagarajan Niranjana, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana.

Before departing for Australia, Indian captain Mithali had hoped for a successful tour, and also wished for an IPL-like tournament for the women. She said, “Although men s cricket is different from women s, and I don t judge our performance based on theirs, it surely gives us important tips, and their performance helps us analyse how things go Down Under, Raj was quoted as saying at a press conference at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai ahead of the team s departure for Australia.

“Although Australia wickets are different, it feels good to play on those tracks, especially in the 20-over format. It is also an ideal platform to prepare for the mega-event, added Raj.

It would also help us strategise against the Australians, who are exceptionally good in that format. We are playing in Australia after six-seven years. Although we don t have experienced players who have played in Australia before, they have performed well in recent times and would utilise this experience to get accustomed to the tough Australian conditions, added Raj.