Bolton helps visitors win

Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur

Opener Nicole Bolton struck an unbeaten 100 off 101 balls after Australian spinners bamboozled the Indian batting to set up a crushing eight-wicket win in the opening game of the three-match series, which is part of the ICC Women's Championship.

She paced her innings intelligently, ensured that her team was always way ahead of the asking rate and did not allow herself to be upset by the mix-up that led to the run out of skipper Meg Lanning, who was making a comeback after eight months following an injury.

None of Harmanpreet Kaur - captain in place of the unwell Mithali Raj - Deepti Sharma or Veda Krishnamurthy could make an impact, and it fell to Verma, the wicket-keeper and Vastrakar, in only her second ODI, to afford the scoreboard some respectability. "She was the highest scorer in the team and came out at a position where there is less opportunity for any batsmen to stay for a long time on the pitch", said Shrivastava.

Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-128.

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. Her innings in Vadodara was also important as she saved India from humiliation against the visitors on the home ground in the very first match.

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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. Jemimah Rodrigues, on ODI debut, edged one from Wellington on the leg side to the wicket-keeper for 1.

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.

Batting only for the third time in worldwide cricket, Vastrakar's 51-ball 50 featured seven fours and a six that lent credence to her established pinch-hitting prowess in the domestic circuit.

Ashleigh Gardner got the breakthrough when Mandhana mistimed a slog-sweep. The pair's 93-ball stand injected further sloppiness in the Australia fielding unit. The most successful Australian bowler, though, was Jess Jonassen, who returned impressive figures of 4/30.

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