Australia itching to avenge World Cup semi-final loss to India

Annesha Ghosh  ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Annesha Ghosh ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Bolton completed her 12th ODI fifty in the 20th over and despite losing Lanning to a run out dismissal, she continued to remain solid and saw Australia through the chase in 32.1 overs and in the process also completed a fine century.

India Women's first global game at home after their CWC17 campaign didn't go as expected as they were outclassed by Australia in the first ODI of the 3-match series.

Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (4/30) led a stellar show from the Australian spinners alongside leggie Amanda-Jade Wellington (3/24).

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India lost wickets at regular intervals before the duo of Pooja Vastrakar (51) and Sushma Verma (41) steadied the ship with sensible batting. The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets. Mithali Raj's unavailability because of an illness meant 17-year old Jemimah Rodrigues was handed an ODI debut, which turned out to be forgettable for her. We are expecting more good performances from her. We didn't play good cricket and didn't deserve to win.

"Meg's missed a lot of cricket and was hitting the ball really well and any time you run the skipper out, I'm probably going to have to wheel her bag out tonight", quipped Bolton, who ended up scoring 100 not out from 101 balls.


The two sides will lock horns yet again at the same venue on Thursday and India will be hoping to play upto their potential. We didn't have enough on the board and then we didn't bowl according to the field. The total looked a far cry when Shikha Pandey was dismissed in the 32nd over with the score reading 113 for seven.

Harmanpreet Kaur credited the fightback that India gave in the end to the 76-run partnership between Pooja Vastrakar and Sushma Verma.

Batting only for the third time in global 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.

With skipper Harmanpreet Kaur falling to Alyssa Healy's work behind the stumps off Megan Schutt's bowling an over later, hosts India slumped to 87 for five. "Our spinners got the ball to turn".

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