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IND-W vs AUS-W 1st ODI | Clinical Australia Whip India In Series Opener

image-lqpcyj58Australia Women won by 6 wickets after Jemimah's brilliance (AP Photos)

Brief Score: Australia Women - 285/4 (46.3 Overs), Phoebe Litchfield 78 (89), Ellyse Perry 75 (72); Renuka Thakur 1/30 (7), Pooja Vastrakar 1/35 (7) beat India Women - 282/8 (50 Overs), Jemimah Rodrigues 82 (77), Pooja Vastrakar 62 (46); Ashleigh Garner 2/63 (10), Georgia Wareham 2/55 (9) by 6 wickets.

With a disciplined bowling performance and a dominant bat, Australia Women got the better of India Women in the first ODI on Thursday, December 28 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The reigning world champions made the perfect bounceback from the Test match loss and went 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series.

Jemimah, Vastrakar hit fifties to help India post formidable total

image-lqpcnzvqJemimah Rodrigues top scored for India. [PC: X]

Earlier, India women won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a good surface to bat on. Australians started well with the ball as they managed to remove dangerous Shafali Verma early in the powerplay.

Yastika Bhatia, who opened the innings in the absence of Smriti Mandhana, tried to form a partnership with Richa Ghosh, who was also batting in a new position at three. But the latter could not continue for long, and India finished the powerplay with 49 for 2.

India went on to lose skipper Harmanpreet Kaur right after the powerplay, and soon Yastika, who fell one short of her fifty, left India 4 down before the 20th over. Just then, Jemimah Rodrigues rose to the occasion and steadied India’s ship, with a couple of small partnerships in the middle.

However, there was too much to do for Jemimah all alone, as she was running out of partners at one point. Fortunately, Pooja Vastrakar, who walked out to bat at 182 for 7, started to bat positively and showed great support for Jemimah with timely boundaries.

The duo added a quick 68 runs for the 8th wicket before Vastrakar finished on a high to take India to a total of 282 at the end of 50 overs. Rodrigues got out for 82, while Vastrakar remained unbeaten at 62 off 46.

Perry, Litchfield stars with the bat as Australia cruise home with ease

image-lqpcmkssEllyse Perry and Phoebe Litchfield scored match winning 148-run partnership. [PC: X]

In reply, chasing 283, Australia got off to a poor start as they lost skipper Alyssa Healy early in the very first over. However, Ellyse Perry, at three and Phoebe Litchfield instantly launched a counterattack to put the pressure back on the Indians.

The pair stitched a match-winning 148-run partnership, with each of them scoring half-centuries. Perry departed after a well-made 75 off 72, laying the perfect foundation for Australia in the chase, leaving less than half of the runs to get at the end of 25 overs.

India did try to regain control after dismissing the two set batters, but Beth Mooney and Tahlia Mcgrath ensured the visitors had smooth sailing towards the target. Mooney fell short of her half-century, but McGrath held her end and remained unbeaten for 68 off 55.

Australia steered home with six wickets in hand and more than three overs to spare. Indian bowlers, except Renuka, were far from being disciplined throughout the innings. Renuka took one wicket for 30 runs in her 7 overs.