Australia Women hold their dominance over India Women © Getty Images
Australia Women hold their dominance over India Women © Getty Images

India Women never looked in the chase after the openers put up a strong start. Also, India have never chased a target of 250-plus against Australia and that still stays. Australia thereby sealed the series at Vadodara, courtesy a thorough bowling performance. Apart from Smriti Mandhana’s 67 and Pooja Vastrakar’s 33-ball 30, none rose to the occasion as Jess Jonassen and Amanda Jade Wellington starred with the ball in Australia’s win.

Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana’s patient 88-run stand gave a glimmer of hope for India to level series against Australia. Although Punam was struggling against Australia’s disciplined bowling attack, Mandhana went all out from the first ball. Mandhana also brought up her 8th ODI fifty. On the other hand, Meg Lanning was rotating her bowlers to keep India at bay.

Lanning’s ploy worked in Australia’s favour as India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mithali Raj, who was back in action after missing out the first game due to viral fever, tried to revive the Indian innings but failed to do so. Ashleigh Gardner and Ellyse Perry scalped wicket apiece of Punam and Mithali respectively, Wellington and Jonassen were on top with the ball once again.

Jonassen scalped 3 wickets of Mandhana, Deepti Sharma and Sushma Verma, Wellington struck twice in her spell to remove Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy.

Nicola Carey, too, joined the wicket-taking list for the day. Shikha Pandey became her maiden ODI victim. When all was done and dusted for India, in came Vastrakar applied resistance.

Earlier, Nicole Bolton continued her good form from the first ODI. This time, she was denied a century and fell to Pandey for 84. India did have their moments reducing Australia to 144 for 4. Yet, Perry’s unbeaten 70 and fifty from Beth Mooney helped Australia to big total of 287.

Pandey (3 for 61) and Poonam Yadav (2 for 52) were the pick of bowlers for India.

The final ODI will be held in same venue on March 18.

Brief scores:

Australia Women 287 for 9 in 50 overs (Nicole Bolton 88, Ellyse Perry 70*; Shikha Pandey 3 for 61) vs India Women 227 all out in 49.2 overs (Smriti Mandhana 67, Pooja Vastrakar 30; Jess Jonassen 3 for 51) by 60 runs.

Player of the Match: Nicole Bolton