Fields Leads The Way As Australia Go 1-0 Up Over India
Australia Women 227-6 (Fields 64no) beat
India Women 197-8 (Kaur 57) by 30 runs
First One-Day International, Ahmedabad
Captain Jodie Fields led by example with an unbeaten half-century to set up a 30-run victory for Australia Women over India Women in the first One-Day International in Ahmedabad.
Fields' 64 not out in as many balls helped her side to post 227 for six batting first and a brace of wickets apiece from Ellyse Perry and Lisa Sthalekar held India to 197 for eight in reply.
Harmanpreet Kaur top scored for the home side with 57 but her third ODI half-century proved to be in vain.
Fields came to the crease after she had won the toss and seen her side make it to 117 for four thanks to solid contributions from Rachael Haynes (41) and Meg Lanning (45).
She forged good partnerships with Sthalekar, who made 19, and Erin Osborne, whose 27 was a new career-best and despite a haul of four for 53 from Rumeli Dhar, Australia had a winning score on the board.
India made a confident start thanks to openers Sulakshana Naik (22) and Punam Raut (37) although their scoring rate was slow, which put the pressure on the middle order.
After captain Anjum Chopra (17) and Mithali Raj (0) had departed cheaply, Kaur rose to the fore to make 57 in 64 balls but despite support from Reema Malhotra, who scored 19, and Jhulan Goswami's 33 in 43 balls, India finished well short.
Both Malhotra and Goswami were dismissed by Perry, who finished with two for 36 while Sthalekar's off spin accounted for Raut and Chopra.
The second of five matches is on Wednesday 14th March.
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