Having made a stroke-filled 70 before retiring in the seven-wicket win over England, the young Ishan Kishan has also staked his claim for a place in the playing eleven.
Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, the Indian bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals but the hosts scored 40 runs in the last 19 balls to seize the momentum.
India made one change, bringing in Harleen Deol in place of Yastika Bhatia.
Shikha clean bowled the Australian opener in the very first over of the innings in the ongoing 2nd T20I of the three-match series at the Carrara Oval.
Would want team to take more responsibility: Harmanpreet after loss against Australia in 2nd women's T20
India lost to Australia by four wickets in the second women's T20 International here on Saturday, after the batters struggled and could manage only 118 for nine
Sent into bat, India were reeling at 81 for nine after the 17th over but Pooja Vastrakar (37 off 28 balls) guided the tourists to 118 for 9.
Vasktrakar, fondly called 'Chota Hardik' by her Test skipper Mithali Raj, has come of age as an all-rounder on this tour.
India vs Australia women: Harmanpreet & Co look to play aggressive T20 game to end tour on high note
Criticised for her consistent failures and after losing her place in the 50-over set-up, Jemimah Rodrigues' made a sensational comeback with an unbeaten 49 off 36 balls in the first T20I.
Jemimah Rodrigues's innings had seven boundaries and she was at the crease with the stocky Richa Ghosh at the time of disruption.
The Indian team, after being put in to bat, had reached 131/4 in 15.2 overs when heavens opened up at the Carrara Oval.
Australia captain Meg Lanning won the toss and opted to bowl in the first women's T20 International match against India.
India lost the three-match ODI series 1-2 before drawing the historic pink ball Test.
Currently, Australia leads the multi-format series 6-4 and India would be required to win all the three T20Is in order to register a victory in the series.
kipper Harmanpreet Kaur's return from an injury layoff will make for a heavyweight presence in the Indian batting line-up.
Smriti Mandhana said that it was an incredible experience for her to represent the country in the pink-ball Test against Australia.