Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Women's Cricket: Australia beat India by eight wickets in 1st ODI

Women's Cricket: Australia beat India by eight wickets in 1st ODI

A 76-run partnership for the eighth wicket saved India the blushes before they were bowled out for 200 against Australia Poonam Yadav was run out by Ellyse Perry and Jess Jonassen in the last ball of the innings.

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.

India Women's first worldwide 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. However, Mandhana was trapped in front of the wicket by Amanda-Jade Wellington in the first ball of the 10th over, giving the leg-spinner the first of her three wickets.

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"It was a hard day for us".

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 a year ago, against Pakistan.

The second match is set to take place on March 15 at the same venue. "She (Mithali Raj's absence) is an important player for us", said Harmanpreet. We didn't play good cricket and didn't deserve to win. That was the time when Verma and Vastrakar joined hands to bail India out of a precarious situation. But happy that the lower middle-order batted well.

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"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. We didn't have enough on the board and then we didn't bowl according to the field. We are expecting more good performances from her.

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. With skipper Harmanpreet Singh falling to Alyssa Healys work behind the stumps off Megan Schutts bowling an over later, hosts India slumped to 87 for five.

The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets.

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