Jonassen, Bolton rout Mithali-less India Women

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Leggie Amanda-Jade Wellington picked up three wickets and Ashleigh Gardner removed Smriti Mandhana (12). "She (Mithali Raj's absence) is an important player for us", said Harmanpreet.

It was a sweet result for the visitors, who had lost to India in the World Cup semifinals. Then opener Nicole Bolton made an unbeaten century, her fifth in ODIs, to undo India's lower-order fightback.

The Southern Stars, who were eliminated by the Mithali Raj-led Indian side in semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 in England back in July, have started hitting form after beating the India A side in two practice matches in Mumbai. "We didn't bowl according to the field".

"We are expecting more good performances from her". After seeing off a maiden over first up from Shikha Pandey, Bolton leaned into cover drives, rocked back for square cuts, and swept her way to forge three half-century stands.

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

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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.

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.

A 76-run partnership for the eighth wicket saved India the blushes before being bowled out for 200 against Australia in the first One-day global of the ICC Womens Championship here today. That was the time when Verma and Vastrakar joined hands to bail India out of a precarious situation.

The Australians were disciplined with the ball as spinners took eight wickets. While facing 50 deliveries, Raut struck six boundaries and a six.

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