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Despite Harmanpreet and Renuka’s and an Aboriginal star’s efforts, Australia wins a thriller because to Grace Harris and her love of quirky socks

Australia, who batted deeply, had enough weapons to go beyond the line despite Harmanpreet Singh’s dominance with the bat and Renuka Thakur’s dominance with the ball.

Prior to Friday, Mario Nicoliello, an Italian writer representing Brescia near Milan, had never seen a cricket match.

The sports and culture journalist for the Avvenire, an Italian newspaper associated with the liberal branch of the Catholic Church, spent three days in Birmingham to witness the spectacle of the Commonwealth Games—an event he had never heard of before.

Nicoliello made his initial connection with cricket on Friday after receiving a brief introduction to the game from helpful cricket reporters at Edgbaston.

They told him that “it’s much like baseball” even though the Italian also had a passing familiarity with baseball. When India’s Harmanpreet Kaur moved out to Australian Jess Jonassen delivering over the wicket and smacked her into the stands, a six on any pitch, regardless of where the boundary ropes were, hit him in the face with relief.

Nicoliello mimicked the umpire by lifting both palms as a signal as the ball sailed like a meteor into the stands, very happy with his first instruction in the game.

India will eventually defeat Australia by 3 wickets, despite scoring 154 runs below average. Harmanpreet had the most entertaining performance, though, and even the Italian was inspired by his masterclass in boundary-hitting.

The Indian captain baffled those who had grown up around Championship-winning Australians, to put it bluntly, by controlling their fields with such swagger that at one point, despite having two deep square legs, one fine and the other grazing profound mid-wicket, plus a long on, she still managed to find a path for her eight boundaries.

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