Australia Women did not have to work hard to nick the first ODI against India in the ICC Women Championship. The visitor team won the opening face off in Vadodara by 8 wickets with a massive 107 balls to spare. Batting first, team India scored 200 runs, which Australia Women chased down in 32 overs with a brilliant century from opener Nichole Bolton. In the first inning, although India batters did a little to bring out an average score, the next inning defense of bowlers was not per the standards. The home team could topple only two wickets in the inning while, Australia’s top order played almost without any resistance.
Shikha Pandey took Alex Healy’s wicket as the latter nicked a catch to Veda Krishnamurthy. Healy scored 38 off 29 balls smashing 6 fours and a six. In 9 overs, she and opener Bolton pulled up the score to 60. Meg Lanning partnered with Bolton in the next stretch hauling the chase to 128 by the 21st over. She was run out at 33. In the final stretch, Bolton and Ellyse Perry and Bolton partnered for 11 overs reaching the victory mark. Bolton scored 100 of 101 balls with a showdown of 12 fours. Perry scored 25 in the final partnership.
In the earlier inning, India’s top order was exposed to strong Aussie attack. The inning could not catch up momentum, while wickets started to fall from the 10th over. In 9 overs opening pair Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana could add only 38 runs. India lost two wickets back to back as JI Rodrigues followed in the 12th over, slogging the inning at 2 for 45.
Until, the partnership of Sushma Verma and Pooja Vastrakar bolstered India’s score, the team lost 7 wickets for 113. The lower middle order partnership hauled India’s score to 189 in a stretch of about 16 overs. Verma scored 41 runs off 71 balls batting until the 48th over, while Vastrakar relieved the team with an excellent half century of 51 off 56 balls.
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