Vadodara ODI: Australia thrash Indian Eves by 8 wickets

Vadodara (Gujarat) [India], March 12 : Opener Nicole Bolton scored a hundred as the Australian women's cricket team defeated India by eight wickets in the first match of the three-game ODI series here on Monday. Coming in to bat first, India struggled to put up a below par score of 200. It was lower order batsman Pooja Vastrakar's half-century and wicketkeeper-batsman Sushma Verma's 41 that helped the hosts set a target of 201 for the Australian eves. The Australians faced no such problem with the bat as they lost just two wickets in the process to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Bolton was awarded Player of the Match for her match-winning knock. Alyssa Healy scored 38, while skipper Meg Lanning hit 33. Ellyse Perry remained unbeaten on 25. Indian pacer Shikha Pandey claimed a wicket while Australian spinner finished with a four-wicket haul. The three-match series will be followed by a T20 tri-series, with the third team being England
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