A 76-run partnership for the eighth wicket saved India the blushes before being bowled out for 200 runs against Australia in the first One-day International of the ICC Womens Championship. Earlier won the toss and electing to bat first, India lost wickets at regular intervals before the duo of Pooja Vastrakar (51) and Sushma Verma (41) steadied the ship with sensible batting. Australian women's chase down the target set by Indian women's. Australia women’s beat India women’s by 8 wickets in the first ODI. For Australia Nicole Bolton scores 100 of 101 balls including 12 boundaries at impressive strike-rate.
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. The total looked a far cry when Shikha Pandey was dismissed in the 32nd over with the score reading 113 for seven. That was the time when Verma and Vastrakar joined hands to bail India out of a precarious situation.
Jemimah Rodrigues and Raut were also dismissed in quick succession as India were left struggling at 60 for three, which became 83 for four in the 23rd over. While facing 50 deliveries, Raut struck six boundaries and a six. With skipper Harmanpreet Singh falling to Alyssa Healys work behind the stumps off Megan Schutts bowling an over later, hosts India slumped to 87 for five. The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets.