Nicole Bolton tons helped Australia to take 1-0 lead over India


The Australian team has welcomed back their talisman skipper Meg Lanning after a seven-month injury lay off.

Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and opted to bat but inspired spells from Amanda Wellington and Jess Jonassen meant that India were bowled out for 200 on the last ball of the innings.

She tuned up for her global return in two practice matches last week against India A, dismissed for just one in the first game before retiring unbeaten on 63 in Thursday's comfortable tour win. "All the batters in our team are capable of scoring 100+ and everyone's wicket is important and if we continue to throw away wickets like this, it will become very hard". Shikha Pandey was the only bowler to scalp a wicket for India, that of Healy. Having hoisted Australia to 60 without loss in nine overs, Healy picked out Veda Krishnamurthy at point to hand Pandey her 50th ODI wicket.

Thereafter, all-rounder Ellyse Perry (25 not out off 26; 4x1) walked in and in the company of Bolton, who reached her fourth women's ODI ton, completed the formalities with 107 balls to spare. We are expecting more good performances from her. "I think to put on a dominant display like that is really pleasing and that's how we sort of want to go about our batting with really good intent". The right-handed opener remained unbeaten on 100 off 101.

As dominant as Australia were with the bat, it was their bowlers that snotted the life out the Indian line-up. "We didn't bowl according to the field".

The two sides will lock horns yet again at the same venue on Thursday and India will be hoping to play upto their potential.

Harmanpreet Kaur credited the fightback that India gave in the end to the 76-run partnership between Pooja Vastrakar and Sushma Verma.

This was the 18-year-old Vastrakars maiden half century, and she laced her crucial knock with seven boundaries and a six, while Verma found the fence three times during her 71-ball innings.

Batting only for the third time in worldwide 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.