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Australia Vs India , 1st ODI: Brown’s four-wicket haul restricts visitors to 225/8

Mackay, Australia

Mithali Raj might have played a 61-run knock but Darcie Brown’s four-wicket haul helped Australia restrict India to 225/8 within the first ODI of the three-match series here at the Harrup Park in Mackay on Tuesday.

Apart from Mithali, Yastrika Bhatia also chipped in with an innings of 35 runs with the help of two boundaries.

Sent into bat, Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana provided a quickfire start because the opening duo put on 31 runs inside the first four overs. However, Australia stormed right back as Brown dismissed both Shafali (8) and Mandhana (16), reducing India to 38/2 within the sixth over.

Yastika and Mithali then got together at the crease and both batters put on 77 runs for the third wicket, but as soon as India began to gain an upper hand, the side lost the wicket of Bhatia (35) to Brown within the 26th over. Deepti Sharma (9) did not leave a mark with the bat, handing Brown her fourth wicket, and India was reduced to 129/4 within the 31st over.

Mithali may need to play a knock of 61 runs but her strike rate can once more be talked about as she scored runs from 107 balls and her innings was finally ended up by Sophie Molineux within the 38th over. Molineux had Mithali stumped and this brought Richa Ghosh and Pooja Vastrakar together at the crease.

The lower-order wasn’t able to contribute much, and within the end, India had to settle with a score of 225. within the final overs, Richa Ghosh and Jhulan Goswami played cameos of 32 and 20 respectively.

Brief Scores: India 225/8 (Mithali Raj 61, Yastika Bhatia 35, Darcie Bown 4-33) vs Australia.

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