Nicole Bolton: 'It feels nice to pay back'


Nor did the one-sided fields India employed help; a defensive tactic will rarely win a game that needs early wickets.

However, India's lower batting order stabilised the innings, but that was too late.

Meg Lanning's official return to worldwide cricket for Australia didn't turn out as planned from an individual perspective with the Australia skipper getting run out on 33 after a misunderstanding with Bolton at the other end.

Other than Vastrakar, Sushma Verma (41) and Punam Raut (37) were the only Indian batters who were able to tackle the Australian bowling attack.

Spinners Jess Jonassen (4/30) and Amanda-Jade Wellington (3/24) were the pick of the Australia bowler. It's amusing how one's view of the future can change after just one game, but such was the manner of India's loss - Australia overcame 200 in 32.1 overs with eight wickets in hand - that gloom and doom is all that comes to mind.

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After the win, Aussie skipper Meg Lanning said, "It's a great start to the series".

Nicole Bolton carried the innings through for Australia. "Obviously, we run through the same people such as Raj [Mithali Raj] and Kaur [Harmanpreet Kaur] and obviously the last time that we played them, it didn't end so well in that kind of sense, so yeah, I thought we have really done the planning well and should the same situation arise, I think we are ready for it", Schutt told reporters here. Each match is important and we've to play good cricket in each match. But happy that the lower middle-order batted well. "But Biju [George] sir is working really hard at it, and we've made plans - assigning different positions to different fielders to give them confidence - and I'm expecting positive results from them". Batting for only the third time in worldwide cricket, Vastrakar showed there was more to her than that.

"Well, when we were batting we were getting runs on the over-pitched balls, and not so much on the short balls. We need to improve our batting and the bowlers need to contribute better".

Australia lost just two wickets in the chase - keeper-bat Alyssa Healy for 38 and skipper Meg Lanning for 33 - with the Indian bowlers being entirely ineffective.