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

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Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj

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

India 200 (Pooja Vastrakar 51, Sushma Verma 41; Jess Jonassen 4/30, Amanda-Jade Wellington 3/24) lost to Australia 202/2 (Nicole Bolton 100 n o) by eight wickets. Australian women's chase down the target set by Indian women's. Meanwhile, Megan Schutt and Ashleigh Gardner took one wicket each.

"Our plan of rotating the strike wasn't even done and in such games, this is very important if initially you're not able to score, because in that situation, you can not throw your wicket away", she added.

By then, Bolton had upped her strike rate and raced to 21 off 26, shaking off the scratchiness that had made her edge the first ball of the sixth over off Deepti past slip. Her opening partner Alyssa Healy made 38 and captain Meg Lanning 33 before being run out.

Lanning's fluency shone through right from the outset.

Bolton said she enjoyed batting on a pitch, which assisted the bowlers too.

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The dismissal, however, was to barely have a bearing on the outcome of the game. In between, she also avoided dragging the legspinner on 72.

The experienced Ellyse Perry (25 not out) hit the winning four. "She (Mithali Raj's absence) is an important player for us", said Harmanpreet. "The Aussies bat deep down the order".

Other than Vastrakar, Sushma Verma (41) and Punam Raut (37) were the only Indian batters who were able to tackle the Australian bowling attack.

This was the 18-year-old Vastrakars maiden half century, and she laced her crucial knock with seven boundaries and a six, while Verma found the fence three times during her 71-ball innings. While facing 50 deliveries, Raut struck six boundaries and a six.

Coming in to bat first, India struggled to put up a below par score of 200. The pair's 93-ball stand injected further sloppiness in the Australia fielding unit.

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