Highlights India Women vs Australia Women 2018, 2nd ODI at Vadodara: Visitors win by 60 runs; claim series 2-0

Highlights India Women vs Australia Women 2018, 2nd ODI at Vadodara: Visitors win by 60 runs; claim series 2-0

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16:42 (IST)

That's that for today as we bid goodbye from the match. India might have lost the series but still important points to play for the Women's ODI Championships. Mithali Raj requested more people to turnaround at the Reliance stadium in Vadodara, the third ODI to be played on Sunday should ideally have more numbers coming in. So if you in and around the Gujarat city then head to the stadium, if not, follow our live blog on Sunday as we will be here providing you all the coverage from the final ODI, we will be here at 8 am and the toss to take place at half past 8. Thanks for company, see ya!

16:36 (IST)

Indeed a professional performance from the Australian women

16:32 (IST)

Nicole Bolton: Yeah,I think we picked (slow nature of the pitch) that up. It (the ball) was not coming on like the other day so we waited. Something (opening partnership with Healy) we are really proud of. Partnerships were very important today.  

16:31 (IST)

Nicole Bolton is awarded the Player of the Match

16:31 (IST)

Australian captain, Meg Lanning: We were going to bat so worked out well for both teams. Nicole Bolton made it look very easy. Beth Mooney's innings was very important as India were on top then. (On Jonassen) She was going very well, I thought Megan Schutt was outstanding today. (On getting the perfect game) We are getting closer, India dominated some period of play.

16:28 (IST)

Indian captain, Mithali Raj:That was a genuine reason. I was sick. We are humans and body needs rest.Virat Kohli said that. I believe there was movement in first few overs. Bowlers did not bowl well. We play international cricket and we should strive for excellence. Mandhana has been among runs. We needed more contribution from the top order. We have always wanted our middle order to perform. Think when you are chasing a big total, you need to keep a healthy strike rate. In the middle, there was no one to take us forward. I would request the crowd to turn up in large numbers. Important for people to support women's cricket.

16:23 (IST)

Wishes pouring in for Australia after a classic series win over India. 

16:22 (IST)

So Australia wrap up another series win against India. India have never beaten them in an ODI series before, and this loss only reinforces the notion that over a longer period, Australia are the better team. The highlight for India has to be off the field, with the crowd, which officials claim to be 11,000 (probably more like 5000), is the best seen in a women's game at home in recent years. 

16:20 (IST)

Australia win by 60 runs. Meg Lanning's side have claimed the series 2-0 with one to play. The Southern stars were clearly the better side with Nicole Bolton, Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney all scoring valuable half-centuries, propelling Australia's total to a massive 287.

The target started to appear gettable when Mandhana was batting, she made a exiquistie 67 but after she fell, India kept losing wickets at important junctures, the middle order never quiet got going. Nobody to take it forward. Late blitz from Vastrakar was not enough to chase the total but good enough to show her batting prowess.

 

16:20 (IST)
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After 49.2 overs, India 227 all out (Ekta Bisht 8, )

ALL OUT! Perry has the final wicket! Traps Poonam Yadav across the line. The ball rapped on her pads and would have gone onto crash the middle stump.

Poonam Yadav lbw b Perry 3(9)

India women vs Australia women, Latest update: Australia win by 60 runs. Meg Lanning's side have claimed the series 2-0 with one to play. The Southern stars were clearly the better side with Nicole Bolton, Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney all scoring valuable half-centuries, propelling Australia's total to a massive 287.

The target started to appear gettable when Mandhana was batting, she made a exiquistie 67 but after she fell, India kept losing wickets at important junctures, the middle order never quiet got going. Nobody to take it forward. Late blitz from Vastrakar was not enough to chase the total but good enough to show her batting prowess.

 

Preview: India will have to rectify their shortcomings when they face an ascending Australia in a must-win second game of the three-match series, which is part of the ICC Women's ODI Championship.

The hosts were given a rude shock in the series opener where Australia romped to an eight-wicket win with almost 18 overs to spare.

The Indian batswomen will have to do a lot better than what they managed against the Australian spinners, who shared eights wickets between them on Monday. The bowlers expectedly were unable to defend a modest 201-run target and they were let down by not just the batting but also the fielding.

Mithali Raj and Meg Lanning, captain of India and Australia respectively. Reuters

Mithali Raj and Meg Lanning, captain of India and Australia respectively. Reuters

If it weren't for the 76-run eighth wicket stand between Sushma Verma and Pooja Vastrakar, the home team could have been humiliated further.

Captain Mithali Raj's absence also hurt India who would be hoping to have her fit for the crunch game tomorrow.

"You can't expect the lower-order to put up a competitive total. Our senior batswomen need to step up. Our fielding also needs improvement and we need to bowl according to the field," stand-in captain Harmanpreet Kaur said after the loss.

The experienced opening combination of Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut will have to ensure a solid start to the innings. 17-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues could not do much on her ODI debut and it remains to be seen if she keeps her place after Mithali's return.

The bowlers too need to up their game as they were not able to pose any sort of threat to the Australians, who raced to the target with ease.

Opener Nicole Bolton was in sublime touch, hitting an unbeaten 100. She would be expected to do the same tomorrow while her partner Alyssa Healy would not want to throw away a promising start again.

Captain Meg Lanning too was amongst runs before she ran herself out.

Nonetheless, it was a dominating performance from Australia who had lost to India in the World Cup semifinals.

"It's a great start to the series. I am happy to be back on the field. We wanted to be aggressive with the bat and Nicole Bolton led the way for us. Our consistency with the ball and on the field is probably something we can improve," Lanning said going into the second ODI.

Squads:

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: March 15, 2018 16:46:53 IST

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