INDvAUS, Women's 1st ODI: Nicole Bolton's century guides visitors to emphatic win

Nellie Chapman
March 12, 2018

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. Our focus will be on entire Australian team and not on a particular player.¿ Kaur¿s most standout performance came against the same opposition, in the semi-finals of the World Cup past year, when she smashed an unbeaten 171 off 115 balls, the highest individual score at the tournament and her best total so far in her career.

Batting first, India set a victory target of 201 runs.

She scored a hundred on her ODI debut. They have some really good players like Perry, Lanning and Velani. Punam Raut (37) looked solid to begin with but Smriti Mandhana (12) was struggling to get going before she was dismissed by Ashleigh Gardner (1-34).

As she prepares to resume captaincy duties, a fit-again Meg Lanning insisted that Australia have long buried ghosts of the past, and are a more "evolved" unit that is raring to outdo a "tough opposition" on their home turf.

Ahead of the series, Australian speedster Megan Schutt said her team has put the 2017 World Cup semi-final defeat against India behind them. We wanted to be aggressive with the bat and Nicole Bolton led the way for us. She (Pooja Vastrakar) played very well in South Africa and showed her character today as well.

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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. "So we thought that maybe we could also try the same", she said.

"Well, when we were batting we were getting runs on the over-pitched balls, and not so much on the short balls".

India won the toss and chose to bat first. "I was determined to play well as I was disappointed with my contribution during our loss to India at the World Cup". "It's something I have worked in Sri Lanka and it was quite successful". She is the 2nd fastest in Women's ODI cricket to reach this milestone after Belinda Clark (62 innings).

The tactic will demand homework from the Indians; the Australian spinners took eight wickets, while the Indian spinner took none.

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