Mackay. Darcy Brown (4/33) followed by the excellent innings of Rachel Haynes (93 not out) and Alyssa Haley (77), Australia women’s team defeated the Indian women’s team by nine in the first ODI at Harup Park here. They took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after being defeated by wickets. Australia won the toss and elected to bowl and India, batting first, scored 225 for eight in 50 overs on the back of captain Mithali Raj’s 61 runs off 107 balls with the help of three fours. Chasing the target, Australia’s team scored 227 runs for one wicket in 41 overs and won the match.
Brown was adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant bowling.
Poonam Yadav took the only wicket for India. Chasing the target, the Australian team got off to a great start by Rachel and Haley and put on a big partnership of 126 runs for the first wicket. Poonam broke this partnership by dismissing Healy. Healy scored 77 runs in 77 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes.
After the fall of the first wicket, Rachel took the innings forward with captain Meg Lenning and both the batsmen shared an unbeaten 101 runs for the second wicket and gave the team a big win. In Australia’s innings, Rachel remained unbeaten on 93 off 100 balls with the help of seven fours and Lanning remained unbeaten on 53 runs off 69 balls with the help of seven fours.
Earlier, India had a poor start and they lost the wickets of Shafali Verma (8) and Smriti Mandhana (16) early on. Then Yastika Bhatia along with Mithali took over the Indian innings and both the batsmen added 77 runs for the third wicket. However, the partnership came to an end with the dismissal of Yastika. Yastika scored 35 runs in 51 balls with the help of two fours.
Deepti Sharma (9), who came as a new batsman, returned to the pavilion after scoring a half-century while Mithali could not extend her innings for long and was dismissed as the fifth batsman. After Mithali’s dismissal, the wickets of Pooja Vastrakar (17) and Sneh Rana (2) were lost.
In the end, Richa Ghosh shared a 45-run partnership with Jhulan Goswami for the eighth wicket and took the team’s score beyond 200. But this partnership came to an end with Goswami’s dismissal. Goswami was dismissed for 20 runs off 24 balls with the help of a four and a six, while Richa remained unbeaten on 32 balls with the help of three fours and a six and Meghna Singh remained unbeaten on one run.
Apart from Brown, Sophie Molyneux and Hannah Darlington got two wickets each for Australia.
The second ODI between the two teams will be played at this ground on Friday. (IANS)
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