Australia v India, 2nd women's ODI February 5, 2016

Australia Women ace 253 chase to seal series

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Australia Women 4 for 253 (Bolton 77, Lanning 61) beat India Women 8 for 252 (Mandhana 102, Raj 58, Perry 3-54) by six wickets

Nicole Bolton's 77 laid a strong platform for Australia's chase © Getty Images

Half-centuries from Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton trumped a maiden hundred from Smriti Mandhana, as Australia Women gunned down 253 against India Women to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series.

India, opting to bat, lost their opener Thirush Kamini off the very first ball of the match, but Mandhana and the captain Mithali Raj led a recovery, batting together for 31 overs to put up a 150-run partnership. Mandhana struck 11 fours for her 102, while Raj played the more patient foil, stroking 58 off 98 balls. However, a flurry of wickets towards the end halted India's charge, as despite a 33-run blast from Shikha Pandey, the visitors could only manage a total of 8 for 252. Ellyse Perry was the pick of Australia's bowlers, collecting 3 for 54.

Australia began their chase on the front foot, as their openers Lanning and Bolton scored at more than six an over right from the off, stringing together a 138-run association. Bolton struck 77 and Lanning scored 61, as the pair stayed together at the crease for 22.3 overs. Four wickets in quick succession briefly threatened to derail Australia's chase, but Jess Jonassen (29*) and Alyssa Healy (29*) guided the team home inside 47 overs.

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  • Merv on February 7, 2016, 8:37 GMT

    Well done ladies. Pity India doesn't invest more in women's cricket.

  • carl on February 6, 2016, 8:34 GMT

    Well the mens team must have moved their feet today, that's why they are 5 times WC champions.

  • Craig on February 6, 2016, 2:45 GMT

    Our women are keeping the Aussie flag flying while the men have let it drop to half mast with the Southern Stars series win over India. Now for the White Ferns at home girls, Good luck.

  • Ashok on February 5, 2016, 20:34 GMT

    Indian team which has been treated like "Minnows" amongst the Women's Cricket put up a great fight but fell just short! Great century by 19 year old Mandhana went in vain because the more senior batsmen in the team could not perform to their potential, except Raj. The Indian bowling was not economical either. Whilst Pandey, Gayakwad & Goswami did their part, India appeared to be one bowler short. The same was the case in the Men's ODI's too until Bumrah came in to win the final ODI. Nevertheless it was a fine show by the Indian team against an Aussie team which is amongst the top 2. It won't be long before India fills up the necessary spots with missing talent. Well played Team India!

  • carl on February 5, 2016, 15:13 GMT

    @ECLIPSE0990 ON FEBRUARY 5, 2016, 14:51 GMT

    Well they have moved them well enough over the years to win in every continent/ nation and win 5 WC titles and hold the best overall record in test and one day cricket by a country mile, so yeah bang on point.

  • Shashank on February 5, 2016, 14:51 GMT

    @CARLWHYTE: Bang on point mate. Just like Australian men's team can't even move their feet outside flat Australian pitches. Well played indeed!

  • Rohit on February 5, 2016, 14:50 GMT

    Looks like Aussie women's cricket team can't play cricket just like their men. Both were thrashed soundly in T20s by India!

  • carl on February 5, 2016, 12:36 GMT

    Well it looks like the Indian womens team can't play one day cricket either, thrashed just like their mens team by Australia.

  • Balaji Nagarajan on February 5, 2016, 11:35 GMT

    Very happy to see the Indian women playing consistently well. Australia is obviously tge better team, but tgr fight dhown by the Indians is heartening.

  • Black on February 5, 2016, 11:34 GMT

    Mandhana is the next sachin. Although india deserved to win this match, but well played ladies. You showed why india is the #1.

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