India Women faced a second defeat from Australia Women in the next tussle of ICC Women Championship. In the Vadodara match, Australia Women won by 60 runs. The visitors knocked 287 runs with a strong strike off Nichole Bolton, Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney. The strikers plundered half centuries as India bowlers remained marginal against them.
In the chase, the home team faced a strong attack from Australia bowlers, who wrapped up the inning before four balls, taking down 10 wickets. Smriti Mandhana knocked a half-century, but there were no partnerships in the side. The middle and lower order exposed itself to Aussie attacks leaving the chase stranded halfway.
Sent in to bat first, Australia Women thumbed down India bowlers with a consistent top order batting. In a partnership of 13 overs Nichole Bolton and Alex Healy forged 54 runs until the latter was removed by Poonam Yadav. In the next partnership stretch, skipper Meg Lanning and Bolton pulled up the score to 130 in a stretch of 12 overs. After Lanning was sent back to pavilion by Shikha Pandey, Bolton followed the player after a couple of overs. The opener hammered 84 runs playing 88 balls. She knocked 12 fours in the inning.
In the middle order, Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney added substantial runs in a strong partnership. Perry remained unbeaten knocking 70 runs off equal balls, while Mooney played until the 45th over hauling the score to 240. She scored another half-century knocking 56 runs off 40 balls. Shikha Pandey took 3 wickets, while Poonam Yadav finished with 2. Ekta Bisht and Harmanpreet Kaur took a single wicket each.
While chasing, India players restricted their wickets in the beginning, but they could not inject the required momentum into the inning. The opening partnership between Mandhana and Poonam Raut was of almost 18 overs, but they could score only 88 runs in the stretch. Mandhana was the highest scorer with a knock of 67 off 53 balls. After she was taken down by Jess Jonassen, a wobble began in the lineup. India Women could not recover the asking rate. P Vastrakar added 30 off 33 runs at the lower order, but there was no support from the rest.
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