Clinical Australia Women trounce India
Australia Women 63 for 2 (Poulton 31*, Lanning 23, Coyte 4-5) beat India Women 62 (Kaur 41, Pradhan 1-3) by eight wickets
In a match that went just one way from the moment the coin was tossed, Australia Women trounced India Women by eight wickets with 53 balls to spare.
After they were asked to bat, none of the Indian batsmen got past double figures except for Harmanpreet Kaur, who scored 41 off 49 balls, a little more than two-thirds of the team's score. No other batsman went past four, and four of them made ducks. The Australian attack, led by Sarah Coyte, was miserly with the runs and cut through the line-up with ease.
In reply, the Australian batsmen were clinical, wrapping up the chase in 10.2 overs. The Indian attack, with nothing to bowl at, took two token wickets, but couldn't stop the flow of runs. Leah Poulton remained unbeaten on 31, and Meg Lanning contributed 23 as the game ended early.
Coyte, who was named Player of the Match, said Australia did well to stick to their plans. "We showed a lot of patience and bowled to our plans. I was a bit nervous while starting off, but it ended very well," she said. "The pitch was holding up a bit. There was some swing and movement as well. The weather was windy and I got used to it pretty quickly."
India's captain, Jhulan Goswami, put the loss down to poor shot selection. "I think the batters were in bit of a hurry. The shot selection was not good," she said. "Harman [Kaur] played really well and Gauhar Sultana bowled a good spell, so there were some positives for us as well."