Australian women’s team have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against India after beating the latter by 9 wickets on Tuesday. Indian women’ team captain, Mithali Raj expressed her disappointment over the defeat and said that India should have posted a bigger total on the board.
“When you know the sort of Australian batting line-up, anything closer to 250 is what we are looking at. Losing two wickets of batters like Shafali and Smriti in the powerplay itself and it was important that middle-order starts to compensate for that and build a partnership, but that didn’t go well and then we didn’t get the partnership in lower-middle order as well,” she rued in the post-match virtual press conference.
Batting first, India posted 225 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the first innings. Mithali Raj top-scored with 63 runs off 107 balls. The India women team’s ODI skipper went past 20,000 runs in her cricketing career on Tuesday.
However, the other batsmen were guilty of throwing away the starts. Australian bowler, Darcie Brown was the pick of the bowler, claiming 4 wickets for 33 runs in 9 overs. In the second innings, Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes put on a 126-run partnership for the opening wicket to help the team chase down the total in just 41 overs.
Commenting on coming back strongly in the next game, Mithali Raj said: “You do have plans but it’s about executing it on the ground. Sometimes bowlers don’t get the rhythm and at times they get in so the plan isn’t working. So, have a lot to work in terms of the bowling department because predominantly we are spinners and spinners are getting hit everywhere so that is something we need to look into.”
The second ODI between India and Australia is scheduled to be played on Friday at Harrup Park, Mackay.