Australia women crush India in 2nd ODI to seal series

India was outplayed in all departments, as Australia scored a healthy 287 for 9, and then bowled out Mithali Raj’s brigade for 227 in 49.2 overs.

Nicole Bolton struck 84 off 88 balls to bag her second ‘Player of the Match’ award.   -  Vijay Soneji

The decision of opting to field first back-fired for India Women as Australia took advantage of the host's poor bowling to put up 287 for nine in the second ODI, here on Thursday.

Coming out for the chase, India could manage 227 as Australia won the match by 60 runs and clinched the series, with the third and final one-dayer to be played on Sunday at the same venue.

For the second time in a row, left-handed opener Nicole Bolton was one of the main architects of Australia’s victory. After her unbeaten hundred in the first match, she was looking good for another one when she was given out lbw on 84 – a tad unlucky, as the replays suggested of a bottom edge involved.

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Ellyse Perry, contributed to the team's score with a splendid 70 not out (70b, 6x4, 6x2) and then came back to pick up two wickets with her medium-pace, including the crucial wicket of Mithali Raj.

Beth Mooney was in an even more devastating mood, as she clobbered 56 off 40 balls (9x4). However, Australia did wobble a bit when it slid from 130 for one to 144 for four, but it has depth in its batting to revive the innings.

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India’s batting began well in the chase, with Smriti Mandhana playing some great shots, especially on the on-side. She hit 67 off 53 balls (12x4, 1x6) and added 88 for the opening wicket with a more sedate Punam Raut.

But once the openers fell, the other batters failed to score more than 30 against a disciplined Australian attack backed up by its agile fielders. Spinners Jess Jonassen and Amanda-Jade Wellington were amongst the wickets again and now have 12 wickets between them from two games.

Brief scores:

Australia Women 287/9 in 50 overs (Bolton 84, Perry 70*, Pandey 3-61) beats India Women 227 in 49.2 overs (Mandhana 67, Jonassen 3-51) by 60 runs.