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Highlights, India Women vs Australia Women 2018, 1st ODI at Vadodara: Bolton's hundred leads visitors to 8-wicket win

Date: Monday, 12 March, 2018 15:35 IST Match Status: Yet to Start
  • That's all that we have for the moment in terms of live coverage of events. It was a power-packed performance from the Australians to go 1-0 up in the ODI series. India will have to bring their A-game to the ground when the two teams  meet again on Thursday. But don't go anywhere. The Indian men's team is in action today too. Stay tuned to Firstpost for our live coverage of India vs Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy.

  • How dearly did India miss their senior-most player Mithali Raj today!? Hopefully for the hosts she will be fit for the upcoming games the first one being in two days time or else it could be really difficult against this Australian side.

  • Bolton's century draws appreciation from Alex Blackwell

  • Nicole Bolton named as the Player of the Match for her brilliant unbeaten 100 off 101 balls.

  • Bolton: The hundred is right up there. I was looking forward to the series against India. They are an awesome team. I was well-supported throughout the innings. 

  • Meg Lanning, Australia captain : Yeah it is. Great start to the series. Certainly felt more comfortable in the middle happy to get the first one. I think to restrict them to 200 was good effort. We wanted to do well today, we wanted play our way, even though we were chasing 200, we wanted to be aggressive and Nicole led the charge in that way.

  • Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: It was a hard day for us. We didn't play good cricket and did not deserve to win. When Mithali was not playing we were one batter short. I am very happy for the lower middle order but the total was not enough. Vastrakar played very well in South Africa and showed character today. We have to focus on our batting and need good contribution from the bowlers. 

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer and freelance cricket writer

    Symbolic of the nature if this result, the winning runs come off a misfield to an attacking shot. By finishing this chase in just over 32 overs, Australia have laid down the Green and Gold standard that they will look to set in this series. India playing without Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami for only the second time in nearly a decade, completely outplayed today. 

  • Australia Women 202/2 after 32.1 overs (Nicole Bolton 100, Ellyse Perry 25) And   the game's over with a four Australia draw first blood in the series and what a start already. This is a complete display of dominance by the Aussies who showed professionalism with both bat and ball. Superb hundred from Bolton and brilliant spell of bowling by Jonassen tighened the Indian screws, helping the  visitors win the game by 8 wickets . 

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer and freelance cricket writer

    Bolton brings up her hundred at almost a run a ball. The Aussie dressing room is joined by a smattering of fans from the stands, but the mood around the ground is resignation . A solid innings thigh, fully deserved

  • Australia Women 198/2 after 32 overs (Nicole Bolton 100, Ellyse Perry 21) Great start to the series for Bolton she registers a brilliant ton in the first ODI. Australians now just 3 away from victory. 

  • Australia Women 198/2 after 32 overs (Nicole Bolton 100, Ellyse Perry 21) Great start to the series for Bolton she registers a brilliant ton in the first ODI. Australians now just 3 away from victory. 

  • Australia Women 193/2 after 31 overs (Nicole Bolton 98, Ellyse Perry 18) Sharma continues. A boundary to start the over and then two singles off the next two balls and then a boundary to finish the over. The Australians are in a hurry to finish the game.

  • Four! Yet another boundary by Bolton. She wants to finish the game quick. 

  • Four! Bolton is continuing her carnage with the bat, gets another boundary for her side.

  • Australia Women 183/2 after 30 overs (Nicole Bolton 89, Ellyse Perry 17) Yadav continues. Fifty partnership up between Nicole Bolton and Ellyse Perry. A four off the fifth ball. Eight runs off that over and the players take drinks.

  • Four! Bolton gets another boundary. This time to deep square leg. 

  • Australia Women 175/2 after 29 overs (Nicole Bolton 83, Ellyse Perry 15) Deepti Sharma replaces Gayakwad. Bolton employs the reverse sweep. Some risk being taken there. No real need for that though, but well, how long can you control your instincts? Two runs taken. The last ball is punched off the back foot by Bolton for a boundary.     

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer and freelance cricket writer

    At this point the biggest talking point of the match is whether Nicole Bolton will get her 100. She needs 25, more, and Australia need 36 to win. She has clearly been going hammer and tongs since passing her 50. Wouldn't hurt to give Vastrakar and Rodrigues some bowling, they seem the only two players with some semblance of confidence in the field. 

  • Four! Bolton rocks back and goes past cover and fetches a boundary. Her ninth boundary of the innings.

  • Australia Women 166/2 after 28 overs (Nicole Bolton 75, Ellyse Perry 14) Poonam Yadav to Bolton. Three runs off the first three balls. The next ball is wide. Yadav to erring in length again. Left alone by the batter though. The last ball is punched past extra cover for a single. Four runs from that over.  

  • Australia Women 162/2 after 27 overs (Nicole Bolton 72, Ellyse Perry 13) Rajeshwari Gayakwad to Bolton. The Australians look unhurried and completely in control. Five runs from that over. 

  • Australia Women 157/2 after 26 overs (Nicole Bolton 70, Ellyse Perry 10) Poonam Yadav continues. India too defensive for one's liking. The field placements could have been more aggressive. A slip would be a must when your only chance in the match is by taking wickets. Lack of ideas from the Indians here. A fine delivery that pitches and moves away from the left-handed Bolton. Bit of a shout, but the ball was missing the stumps. Eight runs taken.    

  • Australia Women 149/2 after 25 overs (Nicole Bolton 68, Ellyse Perry 6) Rajeshwari Gayakwad into the attack now. Can she make amends for her goof-up in the earlier over with a wicket? Not in this over. Australians look extremely comfortable as they calmly collect three runs and move even closer to the middling target. 

  • Australia Women 146/2 after 24 overs (Nicole Bolton 67, Ellyse Perry 4) Poonam Yadav back into the attack. A sitter missed by Gayakwad. And that was the dangerous Bolton too. The ball takes the top edge and spoons up in the air. Gayakwad makes a mess of a regulation chance. Three runs from that over.  

  • Australia Women 143/2 after 23 overs (Nicole Bolton 66, Ellyse Perry 2) Kaur continues. Concedes a four to Bolton, who is now running away with the game. A poor delivery from the Indian captain and it got the treatment it deserved. Nine runs from that over.  

  • Four! Bolton is looking unstoppable. Short and asking to be hit from Kaur and Bolton pulls away with disdain.

  • Australia Women 134/2 after 22 overs (Nicole Bolton 59, Ellyse Perry 0) Pandey to Bolton. A huge mix-up and a superb piece of fielding by Veda Krishnamurthy to get rid of the Australian captain. A direct hit was the only option for India there, and India got the direct hit. Ellyse Perry comes in. Bolton gets a boundary at long-on off the fifth ball.   

  • Four!  Bolton carries on in her merry way. Lofts Pandey over mid-on and and finds the fence.

  • OUT!  A piece of magic on the field for India. Mix-up between Lanning and Bolton and a direct hit sees the back of the former.  Meg Lanning run out (Veda Krishnamurthy) 33(38) 

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer and freelance cricket writer

    During the lunch break, there were more tha 2400 women and girls in the ground, making a human chain, giving Baroda something to cheer for. There's been nothing to cheer for since then. A lucky wicket of Healy has only seen Meg Lanning and Bolton put up a 50 partnership. At this rate the game won't last 40 overs. 

  • Australia Women 128/1 after 21 overs (Nicole Bolton 53, Meg Lanning 33) Harmanpreet Kaur continues. Australia doing it with ease now. Five singles in that over.    

  • Bolton smashed a half-century in the first of the two warm-up games

  • Australia Women 123/1 after 20 overs (Nicole Bolton 50, Meg Lanning 31) Pandey returns. Nicole Bolton brings up her 12th ODI fifty in that over. Three runs from that over. India seemed to have given up already. The heads are dropping.

  • Fifty for Nicole Bolton with a single to backward square leg. 50 off 57 balls. This is her 12th ODI fifty.  

  • Australia Women 120/1 after 19 overs (Nicole Bolton 48, Meg Lanning 30) Harmanpreet into the attack. Gets dismissed for a four off the first delivery. Swept away by Bolton. It was a delivery that asked to be punished. Three singles in that over after that. Australia inch closer to their target. 

  • Four! A juicy flighted delivcery from Harmanpreet and Bolton helps herself with a sweep to the square leg fence.

  • Australia Women 113/1 after 18 overs (Nicole Bolton 42, Meg Lanning 29) Poonam Yadav comes back into the attack. Starts off with a wide. Jemimah Rodrigues puts in a stellar effort at deep mid-wicket to save a certain boundary. Another top class fielding effort at the boundary by Rodrigues. But the ball seemed to have touched the rope. Great effort. Warranted a better result. Fifty partnership up between these two batters in that over too. 

  • Australia Women 105/1 after 17 overs (Nicole Bolton 36, Meg Lanning 28) Gayakwad continues. Three singles off the first three balls. More misfield from the Indians. Only a single conceded though. The fielding in this match overall has been really shoddy. Five runs from that over.

  • Australia Women 100/1 after 16 overs (Nicole Bolton 33, Meg Lanning 26) A couple of fours in that over for Lanning. India should have stopped the second one. It was a bit sloppy on the field. Australia bring up their 100 in that over. It has been an easy ride so far. 

  • Megastar Lanning in some fine company!

  • Four! Lanning cuts again and bit of a misfield from the fielder at extra cover allows the ball to race away to the fence.

  • Four! Lanning cuts and cuts well. Past backward point for her fourth boundary.

  • Australia Women 90/1 after 15 overs (Nicole Bolton 32, Meg Lanning 17) Rajeshwari Gayakwad is back into the attack. Two runs is all that the Australians would get from that over. They are way ahead in terms of the asking rate and loads of wickets in hand.  

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer and freelance cricket writer

    A deflated India seem to have turned up, after not getting the early breakthrough they needed. The bowling, especially from Pandey, has been short and wide, feeding the strength of the Australians. There are some question mark about plans, bowling outside the off with no fine leg won't get you wickets. Consequently, the crowd starting to thin out. 

  • Australia have taken maximum advantage of that

  • Australia Women 88/1 after 14 overs (Nicole Bolton 31, Meg Lanning 16) Deepti Sharma is back into the attack. A nice and tight over. Only a run from that over and it's time for drinks. 

  • Australia Women 87/1 after 13 overs (Nicole Bolton 30, Meg Lanning 16) Poonam Yadav to Bolton from round the wicket. A single of the first ball. A poor delivery is pulled away for a boundary. Yadav is not getting her line right. Bowls a wide. Eight runs from that over. 

  • Four! Lanning pulls a Poonam Yadav delivery that is short and going down leg and fetches a boundary.

  • Australia Women 79/1 after 12 overs (Nicole Bolton 28, Meg Lanning 11) Vastrakar into the attack. A single off the first ball. One run off the first four balls and the fifth ball is pulled away by Lanning for a boundary. Just when India look to have brought things under some control, they concede a boundary. That has been the story in this innings so far. Five runs from that over. 

India women vs Australia women, 1st ODI, latest update: And the game's over. Australia draw firsrt blood in the series and what a start already. This is a complete display of dominance by the Aussies who showed professionalism with both bat and ball. Superb hundred from Bolton and brilliant spell of bowling by Jonassen tighened the Indian screws, helping the visitors win the game by 8 wickets.

The series is a part of the ICC Women's Championship in which India had defeated South Africa in their opening match .

Australia boast of a formidable line-up comprising skipper Meg Lanning, all-rounders Ellyse Perry, Elyse Velani, wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy.

When the two teams last met, it was a 30-minute mayhem by Harmanpreet Kaur that turned the fortune of the women's cricket in India by 360 degrees.

File image of stand-in captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Australia skipper Meg Lanning. Agencies

File image of stand-in captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Australia skipper Meg Lanning. Agencies

The Mithali Raj is likely to be forever indebted to her deputy Harmanpreet for that knock of 171 in the World Cup semifinals.
The women players deservingly got richer after that but Harmanpreet's knock certainly was the catalyst -- a real 'Gamechanger'.

"You really can't plan during the first match of the series. They have some really good players like Perry, Lanning and Velani. We have plans for them. We need to get the momentum our way.

Middle-order has been a weakness for us but we are working on it," said vice-captain Harmanpreet on eve of the match.

She was asked about the new central contracts where the elite women players stand to earn Rs 50 lakh per annum. While there have been comparisons that even the lowest men's group (C) is getting double, Harmanpreet seemed least bothered.

"Look it is the job of BCCI to look into these matters and we as players have the duty to play well for our country. I believe that if we play well, the riches will follow. We don't have to ask for anything," the newly appointed Punjab Police DSP said.

Coach Tushar Arothe, who has played all his first-class cricket for Baroda, opined that the first 40-45 minutes will help the seamers.

There are a few areas on which Arothe is working with the women.

"We have to improve our fielding and also the contribution of tail-enders. If you all have seen, since I took over, I have ensured that all our tail-enders get to bat at the nets."

Senior bowler Jhulan Goswami is out with injury and Arothe said that Shikha Pandey and Puja Vastrakar will have to shoulder more responsibility in Bengal player's absence.


India: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sushma Verma, Ekta Bist, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Mona Meshram, Poonam Yadav, Sukanya Parida

Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy, Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Velani, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachel Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Megan Schutt, Beh Mooney, Belinda Vakarewa, Amanda Jade-Wellington.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Mar 12, 2018

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114