Australia Make It Two Warm-Up Wins Out Of Two
Australia Women 223-5 (Fields 52no) beat
India Women 222-8 by five wickets
Women's World Cup warm-up, Mumbai
Australia captain Jodie Fields scored an unbeaten half-century to help set up a five-wicket win for her side over India in their second 2013 Women's World Cup warm-up match in Mumbai.
India posted 222 for eight thanks to a number of useful contributions but Australia needed just 38.3 overs to chase down their target.
It was their second emphatic batting display in as many days having hammered 333 runs against the West Indies, who cancelled their warm-up game today in order to rest.
bet365 make Australia 9/4 second favourites for the competition, with England 10/11 favourites and India available at 5/1.
There was no rest for India, however, and although several players made starts, none could go on and make telling contributions as Australia's bowlers chipped in with regular wickets.
Poonam Raut (31) and Thirush Kamini (30) struck up a partnership of 47 for the first wicket and more runs came from the bats of Mona Meshram (25), Reema Malhotra (32), Amita Sharma (21) and Nagarajan Niranjana (35 not out).
The experienced Lisa Sthalekar led the way for Australia with a haul of three for 21, Megan Schutt returned two for 47 and there was a wicket apiece for Sarah Coyte, Holly Ferling and Renee Chappell.
Although Australia have a wealth of batting talent in their squad, they have occasionally struggled in recent weeks to put partnerships together at the top of the order, and today openers Meg Lanning (2) and Rachael Haynes (13) both fell early.
Help was at hand through Jess Cameron, who made 35, Alex Blackwell's 47 and Sthalekar's 25 while Fields' 52 not out in 46 balls finished off the job, with Alyssa Healy also hitting 36.
Speaking after the game, Fields said: "I think it’s a good start for us, we’ve had two really good warm up matches now against West Indies and India and I think we’ve played really well in both matches and it’s given us good momentum leading into our first pool game."
India take on the West Indies in the tournament's opening game on Thursday (31st January) before Australia play Pakistan in their first game on Friday (1st February).
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