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Alyssa Healy-Phoebe Litchfield Slam Record-Opening Stand Vs India In 3rd ODI

image-lqw69vd4Alyssa Healy and Phoebe Litchfield went past Shelley Nitschke and Alex Blackwell's record of 140 runs [X.com]

India, trailing 0-2 in the three-One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia, found themselves bearing the brunt of Alyssa Healy and Phoebe Litchfield in the ongoing third encounter at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 

Australia skipper Healy, and youngster Litchfield, who have struggled in the first two ODIs opening the innings, showcasing their might as a pair in Mumbai, where the visitors' are aiming for a series clean sweep.

The duo also created history, breaking past Australia's highest-opening stand (140) against India in ODIs, which former captain Shelley Nitschke and Alex Blackwell held since 2008. The partnership was eventually broken by Pooja Vastrakar as the opening stand was ended at 189. 

Nitschke and Blackwell slammed a 140-run in the fifth ODI in Canberra while chasing 178.

Former skipper Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton feature third on the list, hitting a 138-run stand against India, helping their side chase down 253 in the second ODI at Hobart.

The highly successful pair of Healy and former opener Rachel Haynes makes appearances in the No.4 and No.5 positions with stands of 126 and 121, coming in 2021 and 2022, respectively at Mackay and Auckland.

Highest Opening Stand For Australia Women Against India Women In ODIs

Alyssa Healy-Phoebe Litchfield182*Mumbai, 2024
Shelley Nitschke-Alex Blackwell140Canberra, 2008
Meg Lanning-Nicole Bolton138Hobart, 2016
Rachel Haynes-Alyssa Healy126Mackay, 2021
Rachel Haynes-Alyssa Healy121Auckland, 2022

As of writing, Australia are 212 for 2, with Litchfield batting on 96*, heading towards his second ODI century.