Harmanpreet Kaur: We will focus on Australian team, not one player

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

For Australia Nicole Bolton scores 100 of 101 balls including 12 boundaries at impressive strike-rate.

Jonassen and Wellington shared seven wickets between them and were the pick of the Australian bowlers.

She scored a hundred on her ODI debut.

Australia chased down the sub-par total in just 32.1 overs, to add two points to their tally in the ICC Women's Championship.

None of Harmanpreet Kaur - captain in place of the unwell Mithali Raj - Deepti Sharma or Veda Krishnamurthy could make an impact, and it fell to Verma, the wicket-keeper and Vastrakar, in only her second ODI, to afford the scoreboard some respectability.

"We knew it was going to be a really hard series coming over here and facing India in their home conditions", said Bolton. We didn't play good cricket and didn't deserve to win.

Meg Lanning's official return to global cricket for Australia didn't turn out as planned from an individual perspective with the Australia skipper getting run out on 33 after a misunderstanding with Bolton at the other end.

Vastrakar scored the maiden half-century of her ODI career and in her 51-run knock, she hit one six and seven boundaries. That was the time when Verma and Vastrakar joined hands to bail India out of a precarious situation.

The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets.

India won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

"Today everyone was getting out to big shots which wasn't necessary because there was moisture in the wicket and the plan was that we would play carefully in the initial 10 overs", said Kaur. "We didn't bowl according to the field".

Batting only for the third time in worldwide cricket, Vastrakar's 51-ball 50 featured seven fours and a six that lent credence to her established pinch-hitting prowess in the domestic circuit.

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