Bolton guides Aussie eves to 8-wkt win over India

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IANS|12-Mar-2018 22:51

Vadodara, March 12 :Australia rode on opener Nicole Bolton's brilliant unbeaten ton to tame the Indian eves by eight wickets in the opening women's One-day International and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber.

Chasing a below par 201, the Southern Stars got off to a solid start with Bolton (100 off 101 balls; 4x12) and her opening partner Alyssa Healy (38 off 29; 4x6, 6x1) putting on 60 runs before being separated by pacer Shikha Pandey, who removed Healy.

Skipper Meg Lanning (33 off 38; 4x5) then joined Bolton to add 68 runs for the second wicket stand before Lanning was brilliantly ran out by Veda Krishnamurthy.

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.

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Earlier, electing to bat after winning the toss, India succumbed to 113/7 before wicketkeeper Sushma Verma (41 off 71, 4x3) and No.9 Pooja Vastrakar (51 off 56; 4x7, 6x1) rescued the hosts to some sort of semi-respectability with a 76-run record eighth wicket stand.

While most of the other Indian batters got decent starts, none of them managed to convert into bigger scores on a day when India missed their regular skipper Mithali Raj due to illness.

The teams will now clash in the second match at the same venue on Thursday.

Brief Scores: India 200 (Pooja Vastrakar 51, Sushma Verma 41, Punam Raut 37; Jess Jonassen 4/30, Amanda Wellington 3/24) lose to Australia 201/2 (Nicole Bolton 100 not out, Alyssa Healy 38, Meg Lanning 33) by 8 wickets.