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Bolton, Perry help Australia Women complete series win

Ellyse Perry scored an impressive 70 and picked two wickets as well
Ellyse Perry scored an impressive 70 and picked two wickets as well

Australia Women 287-9 (Bolton 84) beat
India Women 227 (Mandhana 67) by 60 runs
2nd One-Day International in Vadodara

Nicole Bolton scored 84 while Ellyse Perry came up with an unbeaten 70 and claimed two wickets as well helping Australia Women to a 60-run win over India Women in the second One-Day International in Vadodara.

The result also has helped Australia complete a 2-0 series victory with the final game to be played on Sunday.

India won the toss and decided to field first but the plans went haywire with Bolton (84) and her opening partner Alyssa Healy (19) helping the visitors with a solid 53-run stand in 12 overs.

Poonam Yadav (2-52) got India back into the game with the wicket of Healy but another 76 run stand between Bolton and Meg Lanning (24) provided a solid platform for Australia.

Bolton's 50 came at run-a ball and at halfway mark, the visitors were positioned 128 for one. India made a brief comeback by removing Bolton, Lanning and Rachael Haynes (0) in a span of five overs with Ekta Bisht (1-55), Shikha Pandey (3-61) and Harmanpreet Kaur (1-23) being the wicket-takers respectively.

However, Perry (70 not out) and Beth Mooney (56) with their 96 run stand for the fifth wicket helped Australia post 287 for nine in the 50 overs.

Pandey and Yadav were the pick of the Indian bowlers with five wickets between them.

In the chase, Smriti Mandhana (67) got the team off to a blistering start with support from Punam Raut (27) and Deepti Sharma (26) on either end. India were close to the 100-run mark in the 20th wicket with just one wicket down.

But, Jess Jonassen (3-51) with her double strike removed Mandhana and Deepti in quick succession and from there on India hardly managed to put a fight with Amanda Jade Wellington (2-20) and Perry (2-41) also among the wickets.

India were bowled out for 227 and the 60-run victory has given Australia a 2-0 unassailable lead in the series. Bolton was chosen as the player of the match.

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