Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

India women all out for 200 against Australia

India women all out for 200 against Australia

Debutant Nicola Carey too played a part in an economical 10-over spell that cost just 28.

Bolton was declared the Player of the match, and after the match she said how the match-winning knock nearly knocked her out.

Australia's chase had an air of inevitability on about it right from the start.

Bolton used her feet well and swept with great effect.

It was a memorable day for Australian skipper Meg Lanning, who created history by becoming the second fastest woman to reach 3,000 ODI runs.

Amanda Jade-Wellington and Jess Jonassen were immensely successful, picking up seven wickets between them, but the Indian bowlers didn't have such luck with Shikha Pandey the only one to take a wicket, with one run-out.

Ahead of the series, Australian speedster Megan Schutt said her team has put the 2017 World Cup semi-final defeat against India behind them.

Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-128. But Bolton enjoyed slices of luck. In between, she also avoided dragging the legspinner on 72.

Nicole Bolton led the chase with a fine unbeaten ton to wrap it up with 8 wickets in hand and 107 balls to spare.

"I think the Indian pace bowlers did a good job". Among the top six, only Punam Rut managed to make some sort of impression to make 37. But happy that the lower middle-order batted well.

Harmanpreet Kaur credited the fightback that India gave in the end to the 76-run partnership between Pooja Vastrakar and Sushma Verma. This was the 18-year-old Vastrakar's maiden half century, and she laced her crucial knock with seven boundaries and a six, while Verma found the fence three times during her 71-ball innings.

Batting only for the third time in worldwide cricket, Vastrakar's 51-ball 50 featured seven fours and a six that lent credence to her established pinch-hitting prowess in the domestic circuit.

The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets.

A 76-run partnership between Sushma Verma and Pooja Vastrakar saved face for India who managed to reach 200, and Kaur had vast praise for the rescue efforts that were mounted by the duo. The pair's 93-ball stand injected further sloppiness in the Australia fielding unit.

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