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INDvAUS, Women's 1st ODI: Nicole Bolton's century guides visitors to emphatic win

12 March 2018

India would have been bowled out for far less if it was not for the 76-run partnership between Sushma Verma (41) and Pooja Vastrakar (51) for the eighth wicket, helping them muster 200 in 50 overs. The visitors achieved the target losing only 2 wickets.

For Nicole Bolton, the Player of the Match for her unbeaten century, it was a flawless game especially considering Australia's last outing against India resulted in the 2013 World Cup champions getting dumped out of the 2017 tournament in England past year courtesy of Kaur's own special innings.

Vastakar saves India bluesBustling outswingers, fearless fielding, and the willingness to swing for the fences was what 18-year old Pooja Vastrakar displayed in her first T20I series in South Africa, where she also made her ODI debut. Meanwhile, Megan Schutt and Ashleigh Gardner took one wicket each.

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Those same bowlers combined to pack her off in the first ODI as well. "We've picked a number of players in good form from our WBBL competition". We wanted to be aggressive with the bat and Nicole Bolton led the way for us.

Alyssa Healy (38) provided the right impetus in the chase scoring six boundaries and a six and laid a solid 60-run opening stand with Bolton (100 not out) at the other end.

"We knew it was going to be a really hard series coming over here and facing India in their home conditions", said Bolton. Echoing Lanning's thoughts, head coach Matthew Mott said: "Agree, we're blessed with having a bit more of a crack at it domestically".

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After winning the toss, stand-in skipper Harmanpreet Kaur opted to bat and the decision backfired as Indian team lost half of their batters even before reaching the 100-run mark. The Australian opener rates her fourth hundred, which came in the first ODI here on Monday, among her best. "I was determined to play well as I was disappointed with my contribution during our loss to India at the World Cup".

Besides the punches and pulls, she also swept the Indian spinners competently.

The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets. England chased down 205 against Sri Lanka in the 2017 Women's CWC in only 30.2 overs.

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INDvAUS, Women's 1st ODI: Nicole Bolton's century guides visitors to emphatic win