Bolton takes Aussies home in style


It won the first of the three-match ODI series by eight wickets with nearly 18 overs to spare, at the Reliance Cricket Stadium here on Monday. Jess Jonassen and Amanda-Jade Welliington - led the charge to pick up seven wickets between them to dismantle India for 200.

Shikha Pandey (1-38) managed to provide a breakthrough when she had Healy caught but Meg Lanning (38) continued to press on with another 68 run stand with Bolton.

Earlier won the toss and electing to bat first, India lost wickets at regular intervals before the duo of Pooja Vastrakar (51) and Sushma Verma (41) steadied the ship with sensible batting.

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After the spinners - with considerable assistance from the home batswomen - bowled India out for a modest total on what was a good batting surface, opener Nicole Bolton scored a splendid, unbeaten 100 (101b, 12x4) to take her side home without any trouble.

"It was a hard day for us. She (Mithali Raj's absence) is an important player for us", said Harmanpreet. Australia women's beat India women's by 8 wickets in the first ODI.

All-rounder Ellyse Perry, notching up an unbeaten 25 off 26, teamed up with Bolton to take Australia to 202/2 in 32.1 overs. "Obviously, we run through the same people such as Raj [Mithali Raj] and Kaur [Harmanpreet Kaur] and obviously the last time that we played them, it didn't end so well in that kind of sense, so yeah, I thought we have really done the planning well and should the same situation arise, I think we are ready for it", Schutt told reporters here. The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets.

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As dominant as Australia were with the bat, it was their bowlers that snotted the life out the Indian line-up.

It was left to a spirited Pooja Vastrakar, in only her second ODI, to give respectability to the innings.

Kaur pointed out to her bowlers not sticking to the field settings and their tactics simply not working. They added 76 for the eighth wicket, with Vastrakar bringing up her maiden half-century in just her third innings. While facing 50 deliveries, Raut struck six boundaries and a six. "Our spinners got the ball to turn".

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