Australia blast past India
A quickfire hundred from Nicole Bolton sealed a dominant eight-wicket win for Australia in their opening match of the ODI series against India.
Opener Bolton was unbeaten on 100 off 101 balls, anchoring the chase of 201 with useful partnerships with the top order.
Spinners Jess Jonassen (4/30) and Amanda-Jade Wellington (3/24) were the pick of the Australia bowler.
India were skittled for 200 in 50 overs, with only Pooja Vastrakar’s record breaking 51 from No.9 giving the bowlers a target to defend.
Australia chased down the sub-par total in just 32.1 overs, to add two points to their tally in the ICC Women’s Championship.
Bolton and Alyssa Healy got the visitors off to a great start, striking at over a run a ball.
Neither the spinners nor pacers could contain them as they brought up the fifty in just the eighth over of the chase.
Shikha Pandey sent Healy back for a 29-ball 38, which included six fours and a six, but there was little respite.
Meg Lanning contributed 33 off 38 before she was run out by a sharp throw from Veda Krishnamurthy, while Elysse Perry was there for company at the end on 25 off 26.
Vastrakar’s 56-ball knock from No.9 and her 76-run partnership with Sushma Verma was vital in taking India to the 200-run mark after the batters failed to kick on.
Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana got India off to a bright start with a flurry of boundaries, but the spinners pegged them back.
Ashleigh Gardner got the breakthrough when Mandhana mistimed a slog-sweep. Jemimah Rodrigues, on ODI debut, edged one from Wellington on the leg side to the wicket-keeper for 1.
Wellington also got the big wicket of the set Raut, leg before wicket trying to sweep.
None of Harmanpreet Kaur – captain in place of the unwell Mithali Raj – Deepti Sharma or Veda Krishnamurthy could make an impact, and it fell to Verma, the wicket-keeper and Vastrakar, in only her second ODI, to afford the scoreboard some respectability.
While the spinners were among the wickets, Nicola Carey, the debutant pacer, was economical, conceding just 28 runs in her 10 overs.
Liam Livingstone praises England spinner Rehan Ahmed as ‘exceptional talent’
Ahmed has furthered his blossoming reputation against the West Indies by recording identical figures of 10-1-40-2 in two ODIs in Antigua.
Little bit of relief – Sam Curran and England bounce back in Antigua
Curran laid the groundwork for England’s six-wicket win.
Sam Curran and Jos Buttler return to form as England level series in Antigua
Chasing 203, Will Jacks put England into the ascendancy with a sparkling 73 off 72 balls.
Sam Curran finds form as England bowl out West Indies for 202
Curran took three big scalps days after enduring a tough time in the first ODI.
Andrew Flintoff set to return to England’s backroom staff for Windies T20 series
Flintoff first linked up with the national side in an unpaid role for ODI series against New Zealand and Ireland before the World Cup.
Danni Wyatt stars on 150th T20I appearance as England begin India tour with win
Sophie Ecclestone returned figures of three for 15 on her comeback appearance after four months out with a shoulder injury.
Harry Brook blocks himself from ‘negativity’ by withdrawing from social media
Brook has left the running of his X and Instagram accounts to someone else.
Sophie Ecclestone set for England return in T20 opener in India – Heather Knight
The world’s top-ranked limited-overs bowler underwent surgery after dislocating her shoulder in August.
Rehan Ahmed rejects Sir Alastair Cook’s criticism of Jos Buttler’s captaincy
Several of Buttler’s decisions were scrutinised during a calamitous World Cup defence.
Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson handed their first central contracts by ECB
England Women have once again issued 18 full-time deals.