Darcie Brown is the Player of the Match for her figures of 4/33
“I guess I was pretty lucky. Really grateful to have this opportunity to play against India. I was pretty nervous and sweating a lot, but it was good fun,” says Darcie Brown in the post-match presentation.
Australia win the first ODI!
Goswami’s tenth over begins with two dot balls, before Megan Lanning hits a crisp drive wide of mid-off for four! She brings up her half-century with that shot, what a performance from her. A single to follow, and three runs needed. HAYNES WRAPS IT UP WITH A BOUNDARY! It’s a full toss, and it’s lifted over wide mid-on to give Australia a nine-wicket win in the first ODI of the series. It’s been a dominant performance all-around by Australia, and they stretch their winning run to 25 ODIs!
Half-century! Meg Lanning brings up her half century with a boundary, superb knock from her!
After 40 overs, Australia 218/1 ( Meg Lanning 48 , Rachael Haynes 89)
More Sneh Rana. Haynes goes for a sweep on the first ball, but miscues it a bit, gets the single though. Lanning’s turn to try a sweep, and hers is immaculately executed, she sends it through square leg with ease, that’s a boundary. Single and a double to finish the over.
4! Boundary for Meg Lanning! She sweeps through square leg.
After 39 overs, Australia 210/1 ( Meg Lanning 43 , Rachael Haynes 86)
Good over from Jhulan Goswami, she begins with five dot balls, and only concedes a single off the last. The only thing in the balance at the moment is whether or not Rachael Haynes can manage to reach the century mark, otherwise it’s all just trundling along to an Australia win.
After 38 overs, Australia 209/1 ( Meg Lanning 43 , Rachael Haynes 85)
Sneh Rana continues, and conceded four singles. More importantly, no wickets. Australia need 17 runs, and they have 12 overs in which to get them.
After 37 overs, Australia 205/1 ( Meg Lanning 41 , Rachael Haynes 83)
Goswami begins with a dot ball. Single on the second. Just another single off it.
After 36 overs, Australia 203/1 ( Meg Lanning 40 , Rachael Haynes 82)
Poonam Yadav’s tenth over, and while she’s got the only wicket that Australia have lost, she’ll be a bit disappointed overall. Three singles come from the over. Just 23 more needed.
After 35 overs, Australia 200/1 ( Meg Lanning 39 , Rachael Haynes 80)
Sneh Rana keeps going. Starts with a single, before Rachael Haynes steps up and sends a firm drive through the covers for four. First boundary Australia has had for a while now. Haynes then runs a quick double, these two have been so sharp and shown incredible levels of fitness, they’ve been running their lungs off every chance they get. Another single, and the 200-run mark comes up for Australia.
4! Beautiful cricket shot from Rachael Haynes over cover!
After 34 overs, Australia 192/1 ( Meg Lanning 38 , Rachael Haynes 73)
Poonam Yadav is back into the attack. Three singles come off the over, it’s not a bad over by any stretch of the imagination but it’s just not good enough.
After 33 overs, Australia 189/1 ( Meg Lanning 36 , Rachael Haynes 72)
Rana continues, and her over begins with a single. Two dots to follow it up. Haynes then hits a ball into the air, it’s completely mistimed, but she has luck on her side, and it falls exactly in the middle of two scrambling fielders. Haynes runs a single, and then Lanning runs one as well. Three runs off the over.
After 32 overs, Australia 186/1 ( Meg Lanning 34 , Rachael Haynes 71)
Jhulan Goswami to bowl. It’s looked like a lost cause for India for a while now, can she change that? Four singles come off the over, and Australia now need 40 runs from the remaining 18 overs.
After 31 overs, Australia 182/1 ( Meg Lanning 32 , Rachael Haynes 69)
Sneh Rana to bowl. She bowls four dots in a row as well. Make that five. It’s a maiden. Two slow overs for Australia, but it won’t really worry them, the required run rate is still well below three runs an over.
After 30 overs, Australia 182/1 ( Meg Lanning 32 , Rachael Haynes 69)
Jhulan to bowl. Four dot balls in a row, but dot balls won’t cut it right now. What India needs is wickets. Another dot. Single off the very last ball.
After 29 overs, Australia 181/1 ( Meg Lanning 31 , Rachael Haynes 69)
Rachael Haynes on strike, Sneh Rana to bowl. Thick outside edge, and it goes through cover, Haynes runs two. Single and then a dot. Another single. This partnership has crossed the 50-run mark in this over. Haynes hits to cover, they sneak in a quick single. The fielder’s throw hits the wicket and the ball rolls away, it’s an overthrow and the Australian pair run one more. It goes up for a review, though it didn’t really look like a runout. Replay shows there was nothing in it. Time for a drinks break
After 28 overs, Australia 175/1 ( Meg Lanning 30 , Rachael Haynes 64)
Jhulan returns to the bowling attack. Two singles to start, and then three dot balls. Haynes and Lanning run a double on the final ball.
After 27 overs, Australia 171/1 ( Meg Lanning 27 , Rachael Haynes 63)
Poonam Yadav’s eight over now, and Mithali Raj really needs her to come up with something big. She begins with a dot, but then concedes back-to-back boundaries. Both of those fours were basically copies of each other, with Lanning doing very well to sweep the deliveries fine. Lanning then goes the other way, and manages to run two. Single and a dot to round out the over.
4! Carbon copy of that last boundary and it’s another four for Lanning
4! Meg Lanning sweeps it fine!
After 26 overs, Australia 160/1 ( Meg Lanning 16 , Rachael Haynes 63)
Sharma starts off with back-to-back dots. Single, and then Haynes unleashes a cannon of shot straight down the pitch, right between the baller and mid-on. Haynes cuts through backward point, and then runs a quick double. Another cut and some iffy fielding results in another boundary for Haynes, who is looking in fine form at the moment, and she brings up the 2000-run mark as well!
4! Haynes is really going all out now! It’s cut nicely!
4! Haynes dances down the pitch and sends a shot straight down the pitch.
After 25 overs, Australia 149/1 ( Meg Lanning 15 , Rachael Haynes 53)
Meghna begins with a venomous bouncer, that had a lot of speed in it and it catches Haynes by surprise, who just about fends it off and runs a single. Meg Lanning then hits an absolute cracker of a cover drive right through a narrow gap in the field for a boundary. A dot, and it’s followed by another Lanning boundary, this one is pulled to midwicket. Dot and single to end this over, Australia are just cruising right now.
4! 4! Two big boundaries from Meg Lanning, who has taken absolutely no time to settle in!
After 24 overs, Australia 139/1 ( Meg Lanning 6 , Rachael Haynes 52)
Poonam Yadav’s back, can she get another wicket? Not in the first ball at least, that one’s dispatched to the boundary rope with a graceful sweep from Rachael Haynes, who also brings up her half century. Three singles in the over to round it off, seven off it.
Half-century! It’s been a relatively quiet innings from Rachael Haynes, as she’s played second fiddle to Alyssa Healy, but she does very very well to make it to the 50-run mark in just 55 balls.
4! Lovely sweep from Haynes!
After 23 overs, Australia 132/1 ( Meg Lanning 5 , Rachael Haynes 46)
Meghna Singh is back. Begins with a dot, and then there’s a wide down the leg side. Followed by three dots, before Lanning shows a bit of creativity to open the face of the bat and send the ball racing to the boundary line. That was quite fine, maybe a little more than she was intending, but still, it worked out well. Dot to finish off the over.
4! Lovely shot from Lanning, she deftly pushes the ball past the keeper and lets the pace of it take it to the boundary.
After 22 overs, Australia 127/1 ( Meg Lanning 1 , Rachael Haynes 46)
Alyssa Healy hits a huge six on the first ball, and it’s huge both in terms of distance and significance, because it brings up 2000 runs for her. She’s out on the very next ball though, as Yadav lures her in with an inviting tossed up ball, which she hits straight to Vastrakar at mid-off. Finally a breakthrough for India, but is it too little too late? Healy is replaced by Meg Lanning. Rest of the over is decent from Yadav, 7 off it.
Playing in her 200th match for Australia, here comes our captain Meg Lanning.
The legend just keeps growing. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/IIxKdPiVtu
— Australian Women’s Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) September 21, 2021
And to bring up the milestone with a six!
Never stop, Alyssa Healy!
Wonderful achievement #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/rvzK7pJxkT
— Australian Women’s Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) September 21, 2021
OUT! Alyssa Healy’s lovely free-scoring innings comes to an end! Alyssa Healy c Vastrakar b Poonam Yadav 77 (77b)
SIX! Huge six for Alyssa Healy, straight over the bowler’s head!
After 21 overs, Australia 120/0 ( Alyssa Healy 71 , Rachael Haynes 46)
Single, and then Healy powers a shot through point for a double. Single apiece from Healy and Haynes through cover. Healy then sweeps through backward square leg for another single. Dot to end the over.
After 20 overs, Australia 114/0 ( Alyssa Healy 67 , Rachael Haynes 44)
Poonam Yadav now, and she’s got some great length spinning on display. Two singles off the first two balls, followed by a dot. Back to back doubles, one thanks to a reverse sweep and one thanks to a nick off of Haynes’ glove. Single to end, 7 runs off that over.
After 19 overs, Australia 107/0 ( Alyssa Healy 66 , Rachael Haynes 38)
India don’t really appear to have any solution for the problem that currently faces them. The required run rate has plummeted in the last 10 overs or so, and India’s chances of winning this match are fading quickly. Relatively economical over from Rana, just four runs come off it, but at the moment, even that’s above the RRR.
After 18 overs, Australia 103/0 ( Alyssa Healy 65 , Rachael Haynes 35)
More Poonam Yadav now. She’s been relatively economical. Two singles and a wide, before Sneh Rana pulls off a piece of ridiculously determined and athletic fielding, as she chases down a Haynes shot and saves it from going over the boundary rope with millimetres to spare. Haynes and Healy run three. Single to round it off. 100-run mark up for the partnership, it’s been some display from this opening duo.
After 17 overs, Australia 96/0 ( Alyssa Healy 63 , Rachael Haynes 31)
Sneh Rana gets a go with the ball. Haynes tries to sweep her on the first delivery, and it gets a thick top edge, looping up into the air but ultimately coming down in a patch of green. Haynes runs the double and breathes a sigh of relief. A slightly lucky shot from Haynes on the second ball, she attempts to cut it, but it gets a slight edge and the pace of the delivery carries it past the keeper and all the way to the boundary line. Three dots and a single to round out the over.
4! Rachael Haynes with the boundary, it gets a thick outside edge and races to the boundary.
After 16 overs, Australia 89/0 ( Alyssa Healy 63 , Rachael Haynes 24)
Pooja Vastrakar is back. First ball is a dot, the second is a quick double after Healy drives firmly. Vastrakar sends in a very short-pitched delivery, and Healy absolutely eats it up, sending a shot flying over midwicket for four. Double and two singles to end the over, runs are flowing so so comfortably for Australia at the moment. It’s time for drinks!
4! Another pull from Healy, another boundary!
After 15 overs, Australia 79/0 ( Alyssa Healy 54 , Rachael Haynes 23)
Spin continues with Poonam Yadav. Two singles and a double off the over, and with fifteen overs now played, Australia look well poised in this first ODI. India need something special now.
After 14 overs, Australia 75/0 ( Alyssa Healy 53 , Rachael Haynes 20)
Sharma’s third over begins with a double, that was launched over midwicket, and it looked like it might be going for four, but it was just about stopped on the line. Two dots and two singles, and then Healy once again hammers a boundary through long-off to bring up her fifty!
After 13 overs, Australia 67/0 ( Alyssa Healy 46 , Rachael Haynes 19)
Yadav’s back, what has she got in her locker? Dot and single to begin, before Healy shows some remarkable placement to send a drive between cover and mid-off for four. Two more dots and a single to end the over, as Australia march inexorably on.
4! Inch-perfect from Healy! Laser-guided through cover and mid-off..
After 12 overs, Australia 61/0 ( Alyssa Healy 41 , Rachael Haynes 18)
Healy drives powerfully, but there’s a fielder out there, and it’s just a double. Dot ball on the second delivery, and Sharma then concedes four singles in a row. Even when they’re not scoring boundaries, this Australian pair is keeping the scoreboard ticking along steadily. The longer they spend out there, the more dangerous they become, India need a wicket and they need it quick.
After 11 overs, Australia 55/0 ( Alyssa Healy 37 , Rachael Haynes 16)
Crucial moment for India in this match, as Poonam Yadav comes into the bowling attack. Yadav is a real impact cricketer, and she has the ability to take wickets whenever she feels like it. Just three singles conceded in her first over.
Australia Women Vs India Women, 1st ODI Live Cricket Score Updates: More Sneh Rana. Haynes goes for a sweep on the first ball, but miscues it a bit, gets the single though. Lanning’s turn to try a sweep, and hers is immaculately executed, she sends it through square leg with ease, that’s a boundary. Single and a double to finish the over.
1st ODI preview: India women’s cricket team will begin their difficult tour of Australia on Tuesday with the first ODI at Mackay. The hosts are on a 24-match winning streak in ODIs and clear favourites going into the series.
On the other hand, India lost their last ODI series 2-1 in June-July to England away from home. They also suffered a 4-1 defeat in the home ODI series against South Africa in March this year. Apart from aiming an upset against the mighty Australians, India will also have an eye on the ODI World Cup which will be played in New Zealand in February next year.
The team management knows that there are still many areas where India need to make quick progress. One of the biggest being their slow run rate in ODIs. India have a scoring rate of 4.3 in ODIs while Australia (5.6) and England (5) have regularly been posting 250-plus scores in the 50-over format.
They also need pacers other than Jhulan Goswami to put in consistent performances to have a bigger pool of quality fast bowlers for the World Cup.
“Moving towards the World Cup as a group, batting unit, bowling unit, we have set some targets. We want to score consistently over 250. And we are planning towards that,” said coach Ramesh Powar ahead of the first ODI.
“In bowling we are trying to get opponents all out so we are trying to use Jhulan Goswami as the experienced bowler who can give us good openings in front and senior players as always, we expect them to guide youngsters and drive the team which they are doing quite well.”
Meanwhile, India will be without Harmanpreet Kaur for the first ODI as she suffered a thumb injury in a training session. It will be interesting to see where captain Mithali will bat in Harmanpreet’s absence. Mithali has always preferred to bat at the No 3 spot but since 2019 she has come out at the No 4 spot. Critics argue that MIthali should bat at the No 3 spot as that allows her to settle down early.
Australia have not played international cricket since April and will be without top bowlers like Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt, however, they still have a daunting batting line-up that includes players like Meg Lanning, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney.
India: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht.
Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.Internet Explorer Channel Network