Today at Reliance stadium Vadodara, Australian women’s team beat Indian Women’s team by 60 runs and won the ODI series. This was the second match of Australia tour of India; team Australia was leading by 1-0 before this. Indian Batsman Smriti Mandhana only played some essential innings of 67 runs and set India to close the target of 288. Australian batsman Nicole Bolton (84*), Ellyse Perry (70) and Beth Mooney (56*) guided Australia to set a good total at Vadodara’s batting pitch. Indian pacer Shikha Pandey got three wickets in her 10-overs spell and conceded 61 runs. At first Indian women won the toss and elected to bowl first. Star bowlers Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav were leading the Indian pace attack.
At first, Healy and Bolton built a good partnership of 54 runs, Healy became the first batsman who got dismissed by Poonam Pandey behind the square-leg boundary. After going her in the pavilion, Bolton again has built a partnership of 76 runs with Lanning. At one stage, Australia was in trouble when he lost their 3 batsmen by adding just 14 runs in their team total. Australian Skipper Lanning, said,“We were gonna have a bat. Sort of worked out well that way. We set the tone early with the bat, and we put up a competitive total. Bolton made it look easy at the top; Mooney’s innings was important because India were on top then. She’s (Jonassen) been going well. Schutt today was outstanding. Overall we played well. India dominated some periods of the game, but we managed to get the momentum back.”
India Playing XI– Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Sushma Verma (wk), Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht
Australia Playing XI– Nicole Bolton, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Amanda Wellington, Megan Schutt