Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Dominant Australia cruise to 25th successive ODI win. Australia put up a disciplined performance with the ball.
Australia put up a disciplined performance with the ball.
Led by half-centuries from Rachel Haynes, Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning, Australia cruised to a comfortable 9-wicket win in the first ODI against India, on Tuesday (September 21), at Harrap Park in Mackay. The trio helped Australia overhaul India's total of 225 for 8 in 41 overs and stretched their winning streak in the 50-over format to 25 games. Through the course of their knocks, they also went past their respective landmarks – 2000 ODI runs for Haynes and Healy, 4000 for Lanning.
Rachel Haynes, returning to open the innings for Australia, led the way with an unbeaten 100-ball 93, stitching successive century stands with Healy and Lanning. On a fairly easy-paced wicket, the openers saw through the initial threat when India's new ball pair of Jhulan Goswami and Meghana Singh bowled in tight channels with a bit of swing to aid them.
Healy cut loose in the ninth over when Pooja Vastrakar was introduced into the attack as the first change option. With a pickup to a half-tracker, a swat to a full toss and a pull to a short ball, the opener scored 4,6 and 4 off successive deliveries to lead Australia's dominance. From thereon, once the swing was lost, and the threat levels reduced, runs flowed smoothly. In the 14th over, she stepped down the track and lofted Deepti Sharma for a boundary through the mid on region to bring up her 13th ODI fifty.
The duo also took advantage of the slow-moving Indian fielders to rotate the strike without much fuss and even pushed for the odd extra run. Even as runs were coming comfortably, Healy and Haynes at times went too hard at the Indian bowlers in a bid to dominate, not always to the best result. Eventually, only a delivery after Poonam Yadav was smacked for a six, Healy ended up mistiming a loft to Vastrakar at mid off.
However, by the time she was dismissed, Australia had already scored 126 at faster than run-a-ball. On an easy-paced wicket, with defensive field sets, India didn't make Australia's run-chase any more uncomfortable. In a space of six balls, Lanning cracked three boundaries off Meghana Singh and got her innings going smoothly.
It didn't help India's cause that in the rare moments of error from the Australians, the mistimed shots fell just short of the fielders. Haynes, in particular, tried a few unorthodox shots to further push her scoring rate that was sailing smoothly close to run-a-ball for almost the entire innings. Only when the required runs fell below 50 did the Australians slow down in their march towards the target.
The victory, however, was setup much earlier in the day by 18-year-old Darcie Brown, who was playing her second ODI. She became the youngest Australian to bag a four-fer in ODIs, which allowed the hosts to dominate after Lanning yet again chose to field after winning the toss. The extra pace, which came from the hard length troubled the Indian batters.
While Shafali Verma, who had started the proceedings with a couple of boundaries against Ellyse Perry, tickled a delivery down the legside to the ‘keeper, Smriti Mandhana and Yastika Bhatia edged the deliveries to Haynes at backward point. Bhatia, on debut, however, played a key role in resurrecting the Indian innings after the visitors had lost the openers early. Even as the majority of the strike in the third wicket alliance was hogged by Mithali raj, who yet again struggled to rotate the strike, Yastika looked comfortable in the middle. The 21-over alliance between the veteran and the youngster, helped India add 77 for the third wicket before the southpaw was dismissed on 35 in Brown's second spell.
Deepti Sharma fell soon after, becoming Brown's fourth victim of the day, which had reduced India to 129 for 4. Mithali, who was yet again left with the job of steering the innings, marched to her 59th ODI fifty. It was a slow innings yet again, and when she chose to put a foot on the accelerator by charging down against Sophie Molineux, she missed the turn and was stumped neatly by Healy on a 107-ball 63.
Debutant Hannah Darlington picked a brace to leave India reeling at 178 for 7 in the 43rd over before Richa Ghosh and Goswami hit some lusty blows. The duo swung their bats around freely in the death overs and picked 45 runs in 40 balls for the eighth wicket before Molineux had the latter also stumped in the last over of the innings.
Brief Scores: India Women225/8 in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 63, Yastika Bhatia 35; Darcie Brown 4-33, Hannah Darlington 2-29) lost to Australia Women 227/1 in 47 overs (Rachel Haynes 93*, Alyssa Healy 77; Poonam Yadav 1-58) by 9 wickets