Nicole Bolton: 'It feels nice to pay back'

Aubrey Yates
March 12, 2018

The Southern Stars, who were eliminated by the Mithali Raj-led Indian side in semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 in England back in July, have started hitting form after beating the India A side in two practice matches in Mumbai.

Shikha Pandey managed to get rid of Healy, but Lanning, despite returning to cricket after a seven-month injury break, was on top of her game and ably aided Bolton to bring Australia within 73 runs of the target before being run out by Veda Krishnamurthy.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India lost wickets at regular intervals before Vastrakar and Verma steadied the ship with sensible batting.

An electric 100 not out from opener Nicole Bolton set up Australia's victory in just 32.1 overs as they chased down the target of 200 easily.

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"We knew it was going to be a hard series coming over here". Each match is important and we've to play good cricket in each match. But happy that the lower middle-order batted well. "We need to improve our batting and the bowlers need to contribute better". As it turned out, it was Bolton they had to worry about the most as the opener smashed 100 from 101 balls with 12 fours. "We didn't bowl according to the field". Lanning was too was integral in the run chase with a 33-ball 38.

This was the 18-year-old Vastrakar's maiden half century, and she laced her crucial knock with seven boundaries and a six, while Verma found the fence three times during her 71-ball innings. That was the time when Verma and Vastrakar joined hands to bail India out of a precarious situation.

Wellington, the legspinner, accounted for Raut and debutant Jemimah Rodrigues (1), while Jonassen bagged Deepti Sharma with her slow left-arm orthodox.

With skipper Harmanpreet Singh falling to Alyssa Healys work behind the stumps off Megan Schutts bowling an over later, hosts India slumped to 87 for five.

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