Extending its ODI winning streak to 25 matches, the Australian Women’s team landed a telling blow on the Indian Women’s team by winning the first ODI by nine wickets.
Indian Women were asked to bat first after losing the toss.
The Australian side put up an excellent show in the field, riding on the brilliant bowling performances of the teenage pace-bowling duo of Brown (18 yrs.) and 19-year-old Hannah Darlington. Darcie Brown’s 4 for 33 make her the youngest player to take four wickets in an ODI. Sofie Molineux, the left-arm spinner, also chipped in with two wickets for 39 runs along with Hannah’s 2 for 29.
The Indian innings was restricted to 8 for 225. Captain Mithali Raj top-scored for India with 63 runs from 107 balls. This was her fifth consecutive ODI half-century. The other significant contributors were debutants Yashika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh who scored 35 and 32 respectively.
In their reply, Australian batters Alyssa Healy and Rachael were off to an electrifying start. With an opening stand of 126 runs, both passed 2000 ODI run marks. Haynes and Lanning then matched it with an unbeaten century stand of their own to set up a nine-wicket win with nine overs to spare.
India’s attack lacked penetration after they opted to go without a left-arm spinner in their XI. As a result, the sole wicket to fall for Australia was taken by Poonam Yadav. In a post-match statement, Indian Captain Mithali Raj said India needed a better opening partnership and more from the bowling attack.
Meg Lanning praised Darcie Brown’s aggression and control, and also had a particular word of appreciation for Hannah Darlington’s debut. “Feel like we can fill the gaps,” she said. “Nice to have a dominant win; we talk about finishing games off.”
Indian Women 225 for eight wickets in 50 overs.
Australian Women 227 for one wicket
Player of the Match:
Darcie Brown Australia
The remaining two ODI of this three-match series were played at the same venue on 24th and 26th September’2021.