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Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars post first win against India
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have kicked off their tour against the Indian women's team with a 30-run win in Ahmedabad.
Today's match at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium was the first of three ODIs in the series, which will also include fiveT20 matches.
After winning the toss and electing to bat Australia's openers Leah Poulton and Rachael Haynes got off to a steady start before Poulton (17) lost her wicket in the fifth over.
Meg Lanning joined Haynes at the crease and scored a quick-fire 45, including seven fours, before being caught by Jhulan Goswami off the bowling of Ekta Bisht (1-30).
Haynes (41), who stared in the Tour Match on Saturday, fell the following over after being caught by Rumeli Dhar off the bowling of Reema Malhotra (1-29).
Captain Jodie Fields came to the crease in the 29th over and proved to be the main-stayer of the Australian innings, top scoring with 64 not out. She was well supported by Erin Osborne (27) at the tail end of the innings. Both Fields and Osborne posted their highest ever ODI totals.
Dhar (4-53) did the most damage with the ball and was India's only multiple wicket-taker.
Some tidy bowling from the visitors helped them to restrict India early in their innings. Fast bowler Sharon Millanta (1-40) made the break-through in the 12th over, bowling opener Sulakshana Naik (22), and in doing so claiming her first international wicket.
The hosts steadied as they tried to chase down Australia's total, before Lisa Sthalekar (2-25) claimed the key wicket of Anjum Chopra (17), thanks to a brilliant catch by Alex Blackwell. Three more wickets in successive overs helped the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars to maintain their control of the game.
Harmanpreet Kaur (57) held up India's middle order and did her best to salvage her side's innings, with eight fours and one six, before she was caught by Ellyse Perry off the bowling of Julie Hunter (1-36) late in the game. She was well assisted by Goswami (33) at the tail end, who also found the boundary on a number of occasions with two fours and one six.
Perry (2-36) was the other multiple wicket-taker for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, while Jess Jonassen (1-44) also contributed.
After the match captain Jodie Fields said she was impressed by her team's performance despite some undisciplined bowling late in the game.
"We need to be a little bit more disciplined with our bowling, I think we just went to sleep a bit there in the middle but we came back at the end well and I think if we can bowl well for 50 overs we should do well in the next game," Fields said.
Fields said the win will boost the team's confidence heading into the next match.
"It's great to get the first win on the board, (it's) good momentum for us going into Mumbai and we'll be looking to play well in the second game and hopefully win the series there.
"Our main aim is to win three nil and keep the momentum rolling into the T20 series," Fields said.
The captain said she relished the opportunity to spend some time at the crease today.
"It was good today to get out in the middle, I suppose I don't often have many opportunities to bat for long periods but that was my highest ODI score so (I was) very happy with how I was hitting them and I feel like all the training I've been doing is paying off," Fields said.
The team will travel to Mumbai tomorrow for the second ODI, which will be played at Wankheded Stadium on Wednesday.
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