The Indian batswomen will have to do a lot better than what they managed against the Australian spinners, who shared eights wickets between them on Monday. The bowlers expected were unable to defend a modest 201-run target and they were let down by not just the batting but also the fielding.
The experienced opening combination of Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut will have to ensure a solid start to the innings. 17-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues could not do much on her ODI debut and it remains to be seen if she keeps her place after Mithali’s return. The bowlers too need to up their game as they were not able to pose any sort of threat to the Australians, who raced to the target with ease.
Opener Nicole Bolton was in sublime touch, hitting an unbeaten 100. She would be expected to do the same tomorrow while her partner Alyssa Healy would not want to throw away a promising start again. Captain Meg Lanning too was amongst runs before she ran herself out. Nonetheless, it was a dominating performance from Australia who had lost to India in the World Cup semifinals.
India: Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sushma Verma, Ekta Bist, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Mona Meshram, Poonam Yadav, Sukanya Parida
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy, Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Velani, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachel Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Megan Schutt, Beh Mooney, Belinda Vakarewa, Amanda Jade-Wellington.