Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nicole Bolton tons helped Australia to take 1-0 lead over India

Nicole Bolton tons helped Australia to take 1-0 lead over India

Thereafter, all-rounder Ellyse Perry (25 not out off 26; 4x1) walked in and in the company of Bolton, who reached her fourth women's ODI ton, completed the formalities with 107 balls to spare.

The Australian team has welcomed back their talisman skipper Meg Lanning after a seven-month injury lay off.

Indian and Australian women cricketers will be involved in a three match ODI series from March 12. Bowling allrounder Vastrakar partnered No. 7 wicketkeeper-batsman Sushma Verma to breathe animation into an tail that has time and again failed to wag under pressure.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India lost wickets at regular intervals before the duo of Pooja Vastrakar (51) and Sushma Verma (41) steadied the ship with sensible batting.

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Amanda Jade-Wellington and Jess Jonassen were immensely successful, picking up seven wickets between them, but the Indian bowlers didn't have such luck with Shikha Pandey the only one to take a wicket, with one run-out. Mithali Raj's unavailability because of an illness meant 17-year old Jemimah Rodrigues was handed an ODI debut, which turned out to be forgettable for her. "I think to put on a dominant display like that is really pleasing and that's how we sort of want to go about our batting with really good intent". But happy that the lower middle-order batted well. She (Pooja Vastrakar) played very well in South Africa and she showed her character today as well.

Kaur pointed out to her bowlers not sticking to the field settings and their tactics simply not working. We are expecting more good performances from her. They added 76 for the eighth wicket, with Vastrakar bringing up her maiden half-century in just her third innings.

The hosts were off to a steady start with openers, Punam Raut (37) and Smriti Mandhana (12), putting on 38 runs in nine overs.

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. Having come in at No. 9, she capitalised on the two reprieves - dropped on 14 by Lanning at mid-off and on 19 by Perry at midwicket - and lofted left-arm spinner Jonassen over the covers, drove Shutt and Perry straight down the track, and launched Gardner for six over the mid-wicket fence with a slog sweep.

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