Nicole Bolton's unbeaten hundred guided Australia women to an eight-wicket win against India in the first of the three-match one day global series at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara on Monday. Jess Jonassen and Amanda-Jade Welliington - led the charge to pick up seven wickets between them to dismantle India for 200.
India Women 200 in 50 overs (Punam Raut 37, Sushma Verma 41, Pooja Vastrakar 51; Jess Jonassen 4 for 30, Amanda Wellington 3 for 24) lost to Australia Women 202 for 2 in 32.1 overs (Nicole Bolton 100*, Alyssa Healy 38; Shikha Pandey 1 for 38) by 8 wickets with 107 balls to spare.
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 global top-score of 33 that came in a similar situation in the World Cup past year, against Pakistan.
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Bolton was awarded Player of the Match for her match-winning knock. "All the batters in our team are capable of scoring 100+ and everyone's wicket is important and if we continue to throw away wickets like this, it will become very hard".
51* - Vastrakar is also the first India woman to score an ODI fifty while batting at No.8 and a lower position. 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. "I think it will turn more in the two matches that will follow here", she said. "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. New-ball bowler Shikha Pandey was the only Indian to get a scalp. We didn't have enough on the board and then we didn't bowl according to the field.
The second ODI will be played here Thursday. They added 76 for the eighth wicket, with Vastrakar bringing up her maiden half-century in just her third innings.