Nicole Bolton ton gets Australia off to winning start in ODI series against India

Nicole Bolton remained unbeaten on 100
Nicole Bolton remained unbeaten on 100

Australia Women 202-2 (Bolton 100no) beat
India Women 200 (Jonassen 4-30) by eight wickets
First ODI, ICC Women's Championship, Vadodara

Nicole Bolton scored an unbeaten century as Australia Women chased down 201 against India Women in 32.1 overs with eight wickets in hand in the first One-Day International in Vadodara to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

India won the toss and decided to bat first. Punam Raut (37) looked solid to begin with but Smriti Mandhana (12) was struggling to get going before she was dismissed by Ashleigh Gardner (1-34).

With Jemimah Rodrigues (1) and Harmanpreet Kaur (9) dismissed as well, Jess Jonassen (4-30) made full use of the opening, to have India down to 113 for seven before Sushma Verma (41) and Pooja Vastrakar (51) combined to rescue the innings with a 76 run stand for the eighth wicket as the home side went on to post 200 before they were bowled out in the final ball of the innings.

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

Alyssa Healy (38) provided the right impetus in the chase scoring six boundaries and a six and laid a solid 60-run opening stand with Bolton (100 not out) at the other end.

Shikha Pandey (1-38) managed to provide a breakthrough when she had Healy caught but Meg Lanning (38) continued to press on with another 68 run stand with Bolton.

Bolton completed her 12th ODI fifty in the 20th over and despite losing Lanning to a run out dismissal, she continued to remain solid and saw Australia through the chase in 32.1 overs and in the process also completed a fine century. A drop catch from Rajeshwari Gayakwad (0-24) did not help India's cause either as they conceded a 1-0 lead to Australia in the three-match series.

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