Australia defeat India in warm-up

After victory over New Zealand on Monday, India lost their second warm-up win ahead of this week’s ICC Women’s World Cup as they went down by five wickets to Australia at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. A total of 222 proved difficult to defend against a strong Australia unit led by Jodie Fields, whose 46-ball 52 was the only half-century of the match and one that proved critical to the win.

Having opted to bat, India made a good start through a 47-run stand between Poonam Raut (31) and Thirush Kamini (30) but the innings came undone once the openers were dismissed. At 101 for 1 the home team looked good for a strong total but Raut’s exit to Sarah Coyte saw India slump to 116 for 5. Veteran Lisa Sthalekar played a role in this collapse, dismissing Mona Meshram (25) and Karun Jain (0). She later removed Reena Malhotra (35) as India lost their seventh wicket at 171. Nagarajan Niranjana’s unbeaten 35 off 26 balls took the total past 200 and gave the bowlers something to defend. Read more
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