Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

India off to steady start against Australia

India off to steady start against Australia

None of Harmanpreet Kaur - captain in place of the unwell Mithali Raj - Deepti Sharma or Veda Krishnamurthy could make an impact, and it fell to Verma, the wicket-keeper and Vastrakar, in only her second ODI, to afford the scoreboard some respectability.

"It was a hard day for us".

She added, "We had some pretty good matches there against the India A side and we are obviously aware that the quality probably isn't quite there what we are going to face out here, so we are making adjustments to what we think we are going to face out there". Then opener Nicole Bolton made an unbeaten century, her fifth in ODIs, to undo India's lower-order fightback.

Bolton said she enjoyed batting on a pitch, which assisted the bowlers too.

Australia were never in any sort of difficulty during the chase with Bolton anchoring the innings.

One of the features of her innings was the way she swept.

Meg Lanning contributed 33 off 38 before she was run out by a sharp throw from Veda Krishnamurthy, while Elysse Perry was there for company at the end on 25 off 26.

Batting only for the third time in global cricket, Vastrakar's 51-ball 50 featured seven fours and a six that lent credence to her established pinch-hitting prowess in the domestic circuit.

51* - Vastrakar is also the first India woman to score an ODI fifty while batting at No.8 and a lower position.

The total looked a far cry when Shikha Pandey was dismissed in the 32nd over with the score reading 113 for seven. While facing 50 deliveries, Raut struck six boundaries and a six.

With Harmanpreet (9) falling to Healy's work behind the stumps off Megan Schutt's bowling an over later, hosts India slumped to 87 for five.

Bolton and Alyssa Healy got the visitors off to a great start, striking at over a run a ball.

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