It wasn’t the best of starts for the Indian women against their Aussie counterparts in the first ODI of their three-match ODI series as they lost the match by 101 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
The Australian women won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bat first. And though they lost one half of their opening pair – Nicole Bolton – early, skipper Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry steered the Australian batting innings out of trouble. Lanning was out for 43, which brought Alex Blackwell to the middle. Both Blackwell and Perry then started off tackling the Indian bowlers aggressively. While Blackwell went on to score her century, she finished off with 114 off 112 balls, before she was out; Perry missed on her hundred by merely 10 runs. And though the Indian bowlers curtailed the Australian batswomen thereafter, they weren’t able to prevent their opponents from putting an imposing 276 runs on the scoreboard.
Shikha Pandey was the pick of the Indian bowlers, picking three wickets in her 10 overs at an economy of 3.20 runs. Of the remaining three Aussie wickets that fell, while Jess Jonassen was run-out, Jhulan Goswami and Rajeshwari Gayakwad shared a wicket each between them.
The Indian chase was hampered by the players’ inability to maintain partnerships, and they bowled out for 175 runs. Perry was the most efficient of the Aussie bowlers, picking up four wickets in her 10 overs giving away just 45 runs in the process. There were two run-outs; of Veda Krishnamurthy and Niranjana Nagarajan, and the remaining wickets were shared among Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt, each of whom picked a wicket apiece.
For her smashing century in the Aussie innings, Alex Blackwell was acknowledged as player of the match. The next match will be played on the 5th February at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.