The Reliance Stadium in Vadodara once again came alive as a large audience gathered for the 2nd ODI between India and Australia.
The Australian side led by Meg Lanning seemed to be in their best form, having spectacularly won the previous matches.
Mithali Raj, who had missed the previous match owing to a viral fever, was back in action.
India won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Nicole Bolton, who had had a great start to the tournament with a century in the first match, again played a stellar innings of 84 runs off 88 balls. Ellyse Perry’s spectacular 70* off 70 and a crucial knock of 56 off 40 by Beth Mooney helped the Australian side put up a staggering total of 287/9 on the scoreboard after 50 overs.
Shikha Pandey was the highest wicket-taker for India.
Smriti Mandhana starred for India in the initial overs as she scored 67 off 53 balls. But the Indian batting order once again fell prey to a collapse as wickets continued to fall. The side was all out for 227 in 49.2 overs.
Perhaps the 30 quick runs by the young Pooja Vastrakar was the silver lining for India. They lost the match, but there is definitely a talent in the youngster that India might want to focus on.
Once again, it was Jess Jonassen who remained the highest wicket-taker for Australia. She took the crucial wicket of Smriti Mandhana while Ellyse Perry claimed the Indian captain’s wicket.
Australia Seal ODI Series
Australia won the match by 60 runs, and with it, they have sealed the ODI series which they now lead 2-0.
Nicole Bolton was declared the Player of the Match for the second consecutive ODI.
The third and final ODI will take place on 18th March, Sunday. While the series has been sealed, the final match still remains important as ICC Championship points are up for grabs.
|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|