Thursday 23 June 2011 

Australia Open Series With Crushing Win Over India

Australia Open Series With Crushing Win Over India
Australia Open Series With Crushing Win Over India
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Australia Women 63-2 (Poulton 31no) beat
India Women 62 (Kaur 41, Coyte 4-5) by 8 wickets
Women's Quadrangular T20I, Billericay

Australia demolished India, bowling them out for just 62 en route to a convincing eight-wicket win in the opening match of the Women's Quadrangular Twenty20 International series in Billericay.

India's innings lasted just 18.2 overs but Australia needed just 10.2 overs to knock off the runs, losing only Shelley Nitschke and Meg Lanning along the way.

India lost their top three players - Punam Raut (4), Anagha Deshpande (1) and Mithali Raj (2) cheaply and never recovered as they slipped to 28 for six as Sarah Coyte picked up figures of four for five.

Only an innings of 41 in 49 balls from Harmanpreet Kaur saved them from complete humiliation as they offered little resistance against the reigning Twenty20 world champions.

There were a pair of wickets apiece for Clea Smith and Nitschke while Lisa Sthalekar and Rachel Haynes bagged one each.

In reply, Nitschke fell for four when she was caught and bowled by Diana David for four but Australia were never seriously headed, Poulton making 31 not out, Lanning 23 and Alex Blackwell an unbeaten three to swiftly finish off the game.

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