Australia women v India women, only Test, Adelaide, 2nd day

Australia put India on the ropes

Cricinfo staff

February 19, 2006

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India 93 and 3 for 51 trail Australia 250 (Sthalekar 72, Rolton 63, Goswami 4-43) by 106 runs

Anjum Chopra could manage only 7 as Australia applied the pressure © Getty Images
Australia put themselves in a strong position after two days of the one-off Adelaide Test, forcing India to follow on and then reducing them to 3 for 51 in their second innings. Dismissed for 93 in their first innings in reply to Australia's 250, India lost the key wickets of Mithali Raj and Anjum Chopra in the final session to Lisa Sthalekar's offbreaks.

India were in trouble as soon as their innings started and were unable to cope with some aggressive bowling. Sarah Andrews, on debut, prised out Monica Sumra - caught by the captain Karen Rolton - in the fourth over before triggering a dramatic collapse.

From 1 for 41, India fell to 6 for 51 at lunch with Andrews trapping Karu Jain - India's highest scorer with 21 - and Cathryn Fitzpatrick removing Raj (16) and Rumeli Dhar (4). Nooshin Al Khader stuck around for 41 minutes for 16, but Julie Hayes removed her as India were bowled out in 61.4 overs. Fitzpatrick was the most successful bowler with 3 for 24.

Rolton had little hesitation in enforcing the follow on and gave her side the breakthrough with Jain's wicket. If India enjoyed a reasonably good day with the ball yesterday, then today it was Australia's turn to show their abilities.

Resuming on 8 for 230, Australia lost Hayes and Andrews early and were bowled out for 250, with Jodie Purves remaining unbeaten on 43. Jhulan Goswami was the pick for India with 4 for 43 off 24 overs.

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