1st ODI – Australia Beat India by 8 Wickets
The first ODI between India and Australia played at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara saw a number of records being set as Australia beat India by 8 wickets.
Much to everyone’s disappointment, Indian captain Mithali Raj had to skip the match owing to fever. Harmanpreet Kaur led the Indian side in Mithali’s absence, while young Jemimah Rodrigues made her ODI debut.
For the Australian side, it was Nicola Carey who made her international debut. She was part of Sydney Thunders in the Women’s Big Bash League and had had an impressive strike rate.
India won the toss and chose to bat first.
Openers Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana gave India a good start in the initial overs of the powerplay. With a couple of boundaries, India seemed to be heading towards a large total until the first wicker fell as Smriti Mandhana departed for 12. And that was the beginning of India’s top and middle order collapse. It was not until Sushma Verma (batting at number 7) and Pooja Vastrakar (batting at 9) struck up a stable partnership that India steadied their innings.
As Sushma Verma scored her career-best 41, eighteen-year-old Pooja Vastrakar scored a spectacular boundary-studded 51 off 56. With 7 fours and a six, Pooja Vastrakar became the first woman to score a half-century in ODIs while batting at number 9.
The valuable contributions from the lower batting order finally helped India get 200 on the scoreboard in 50 overs.
With a four-wicket haul, Jess Jonassen remained the highest wicket-taker.
Australia seemed to be in their best form as they got off to a good start. Once again, the game saw a number of records being set. Meg Lanning, who played her first ODI after 7 months, achieved a great milestone as she became the second-fastest woman to score 3000 ODI runs. Having reached the 3000 mark in 62 innings, Belinda Clark remains the fastest to do so.
Despite Alyssa Healy’s dismissal and then Lanning’s run out, Nicole Bolton continued her campaign. She registered her fourth ODI century, which accounted for nearly half of the required runs to win.
Beating India by 8 wickets, and with 17.9 overs to spare, Australia took a series lead of 1-0 in the ODIs.
Nicole Bolton was declared the Player of the Match.
|1st ODI||12th March 2018||9:00 am IST|
|2nd ODI||15th March 2018||9:00 am IST|
|3rd ODI||18th March 2018||9:00 am IST|
|India Squad||Australia Squad|
|Mithali Raj (captain)||Meg Lanning (captain)|
|Deepti Sharma||Alyssa Healy|
|Ekta Bisht||Amanda Wellington|
|Harmanpreet Kaur||Ashleigh Gardner|
|Jemimah Rodrigues||Belinda Vakarewa|
|Mona Meshram||Beth Mooney|
|Pooja Vastrakar||Ellyse Perry|
|Poonam Yadav||Elyse Villani|
|Punam Raut||Jess Jonassen|
|Rajeshwari Gayakwad||Megan Schutt|
|Shikha Pandey||Nicola Carey|
|Smriti Mandhana||Nicole Bolton|
|Sukanya Parida||Rachael Haynes|
|Sushma Verma||Sophie Molineux|