“Stats tell us 185 was winning total. We didn’t think they were quite at par. We knew good cricket shots and a couple of big partnerships were going to win the game”
“My communication with TMac was we need one big over to break the back of the chase,” she said. “[We wanted to] try and make them do something different to what their initial plans were. India had some pretty good plans upfront – to Midge [Healy] and me and to TMac and me – through the middle. So we had to think ahead and disrupt that a little bit to get a big over.”
The big overs came on cue. Australia took 14 off Deepti Sharma in the 13th over and 60 in the next four overs. They then cruised home with Mooney and McGrath finishing with an unconquered 100-run partnership.
“That’s the mindset,” Mooney said. “You have to take a few risks as long as they are within reason and within your own game.”
Mooney, who now averages just a shade under 50 in T20Is against India, also gave a peep into the mindset that has made Australia – who have not lost a T20I since March 2021 – the pre-eminent team in the game.
“I think landscape of the game is changing,” she said. “Gone are the days when [the asking rate of] ten an over seems out of reach. That shows where the game has gone globally in the last couple of years. Chasing 170 or trying to get ten an over three or four years ago seemed almost unattainable.
“These days. as long as you have belief in the dressing room – which we undoubtedly have in ours – nothing’s out of reach [as long as] you have the mindset.”
“Stats tell us 185 was winning total. We didn’t think they were quite at par,” Mooney said. “We knew good cricket shots and a couple of big partnerships were going to win the game. They cashed in at the back-end with wickets and Deepti gave us a bit of a blueprint. Whilst it was a daunting score two or three years ago in T20 cricket, it was about par on this wicket. Batting in the second innings with dew meant the ball skipped on.”