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January 28, 2013
Matches: Australia Women v West Indies Women at Mumbai | England Women v South Africa Women at Mumbai (BS) | India Women v New Zealand Women at Mumbai | Mumbai Combined XI v Sri Lanka Women at Mumbai
Series/Tournaments: ICC Women's World Cup
India Women won their first warm-up fixture against New Zealand Women, beating them by eight wickets in Mumbai. Chasing a modest target of 202, India's top order took the match away from New Zealand.
Openers Poonam Raut (69) and Thirush Kamini (43) put on 119 within 27 overs but both were dismissed in quick succession. The captain Mithali Raj (36*) and Harmanpreet Kaur (46*) steered them to victory form there, with an 83-run partnership.
Earlier, New Zealand lost their top three wickets for 44 after they were put in to bat. Sara McGlashan (56) and Frances Mackay (69) stabilised their innings but a lower-order collapse meant they were dismissed for 201 in 47.5 overs.
Defending champions England Women beat South Africa Women by 51 runs in their opening warm-up fixture in Mumbai. England were put in to bat and opener Charlotte Edwards (78) led them till the 30th over. Lydia Greenway (35) and Heather Knight (42), along with some boundaries from the lower-order, ensured England a total of 270.
South Africa Women were in the hunt, led by Trisha Chetty (57) and Mignon du Preez (64*) after they lost Shandre Fritz early. But their scoring rate was hovering around four runs per over and wickets towards the end meant they fell short of the target.
Australia Women cruised to a 135-run victory over West Indies Women at the MIG Ground in Mumbai. Choosing to bat first, Australia's openers gave them a flying start with Elyse Villani (50) and Rachael Haynes (61) putting on 165, followed by half-centuries from Jess Cameron (62) and Lisa Sthalekar (59). The middle order also chipped in to ensure they scored 333.
West Indies' batsmen got off to starts but they lost wickets regularly, until Deandra Dottin (52) stabilised the innings. The top four put up only 50 runs together, which made the chase tougher. Once Dottin was dismissed in the 26th over, Australia dismissed their remaining batsmen cheaply and completed a comprehensive victory.
Sri Lanka Women suffered a four-wicket loss at the hands of Mumbai Combined XI in Mumbai.
Put in to bat, Sri Lanka were rocked by early wickets as they were reduced to 27 for 4 and then 47 for 8 even though some of their batsmen got to bat twice. A flurry of boundaries towards the end by Prasadani Weerakkody (39) and Chamani Seneviratna (38) and opportunities to bat twice for the others took their team total to 189.
Mumbai Combined were led by a half-century from Ashutosh Singh at the top and knocks of 49 and 34 from Abhishek Desai and Vinay Mishra respectively. Even though Sri Lanka dismissed six of Mumbai's batsmen, the total of 189 was not enough to earn them a victory.
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