Jonassen, Bolton rout Mithali-less India Women

Amitabh Bachchan

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.

Jonassen and Wellington shared seven wickets between them and were the pick of the Australian bowlers.

Australia: Nicole Bolton (not out) 100, Alyssa Healy c Veda b Pandey 38, Meg Lanning run out 33, Ellyse Perry (not out) 25; Extras (lb-3, w-2, nb-1): 6; Total (for two 32.1 overs): 202.

That India could scramble to 200 after being reduced to 113 for 7 was down to Vastrakar's freewheeling approach, coupled with Verma's defiant 71-ball 41, that bettered her worldwide top-score of 33 that came in a similar situation in the World Cup previous year, against Pakistan.

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

With skipper Mithali Raj, the batting mainstay, unable to make the squad because of suspected viral fever, it was important somebody at the top of the order played a long innings.

"Both of them are very talented and whenever Sushma gets the chance, she always contributes for the team and today also she batted well and Pooja did the same as we've seen her batting in domestic cricket (for Madhya Pradesh)", said Kaur. The Australian opener rates her fourth hundred, which came in the first ODI here on Monday, among her best. Reprieved on 65 when Rajeshwar Gayakwad put down a skier off Poonam Yadav at square leg, strung an unbeaten 74-run partnership with Ellyse Perry.

Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen led a stellar show from the Australian spinners, taking four wickets for 30 runs in 10 overs.

"I think the Indian pace bowlers did a good job".

India Women will take on Australia in the deciding ODI at the same venue on March 12. "We didn't bowl according to the field". Bowling allrounder Vastrakar partnered No. 7 wicketkeeper-batsman Sushma Verma to breathe animation into an tail that has time and again failed to wag under pressure.

Alyssa Healy (38) provided the right impetus in the chase scoring six boundaries and a six and laid a solid 60-run opening stand with Bolton (100 not out) at the other end.



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