INDvAUS, Women's 1st ODI: Nicole Bolton's century guides visitors to emphatic win

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Earlier, a 76-run partnership for the eighth wicket saved India the blushes before being bowled out for 200.

For Nicole Bolton, the Player of the Match for her unbeaten century, it was a ideal game especially considering Australia's last outing against India resulted in the 2013 World Cup champions getting dumped out of the 2017 tournament in England previous year courtesy of Kaur's own special innings.

Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (4/30) led a stellar show from the Australian spinners alongside leggie Amanda-Jade Wellington (3/24). Having hoisted Australia to 60 without loss in nine overs, Healy picked out Veda Krishnamurthy at point to hand Pandey her 50th ODI wicket. Nicole Bolton's century helped them Australia ease to the target with 17.5 overs to spare in the 1st ODI at Reliance Stadium, Vadodara.

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.

"It was a hard day for us".

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Australia lost just two wickets in the chase - keeper-bat Alyssa Healy for 38 and skipper Meg Lanning for 33 - with the Indian bowlers being entirely ineffective. "I think to put on a dominant display like that is really pleasing and that's how we sort of want to go about our batting with really good intent".

Electing to bat after winning the toss, India lost wickets at regular intervals before the duo of Pooja Vastrakar (51) and Sushma Verma (41) steadied the ship with sensible batting. We didn't have enough on the board and then we didn't bowl according to the field.

The Australians were disciplined with the ball with the spinners taking eight wickets.

Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana got India off to a bright start with a flurry of boundaries, but the spinners pegged them back.

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