Mithali's half-century in vain as India eves lose

Published: Saturday, December 11, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mysore:The occasion was just about perfect. It was India eves' 100th One-day international appearance; and what better opportunity for the hosts to corner glory on the D-day.

But the Australians poured the proverbial wet blanket on the Indian party with a clinical display to romp home by 14 runs in the opening One-dayer of the seven-match series at the Infosys grounds here today.

The seasoned opening pair of Belinda Clark and Lisa Keightley got the Australians off to a steady start, accumulating thirty runs before Keightley trapped in front by left-arm spinner Neetu David for 13 in the eleventh over.

Vice-captain Karen Rolton joined skipper Clark as the duo batted sensibly without taking any undue risks to push the score along to 59 before Amita Sharma got rid off Clark for 20.

Clarke faced 26 deliveries and struck two boundaries.

Lisa Sthalekar, who came to the crease at the fall of Clark's wicket, took her time to settle in but gradually gained confidence providing able support to the vastly experienced Rolton who, was increasingly looking assured.

The 96-run third-wicket stand between Rolton-Stalekar provided the bedrock on which their innnings revolved.

The pair exercised caution when the situation demanded but never lose out an opportunity to punish the looses balls and wrested the initiative from the Indians.

On a slow wicket where hitting on the rise wasn't easy, the pair milked the ones and twos with regularity while coming up with boundaries every now and then.

Rolton looked in superb touch as she towered over the Indian bowling soon raising her fifty off seven boundaries in 83 balls.

Just when it looked Australia were going to pile up an imposing score, Neetu Davd struck for the second time in the match.

She had Sthalekar stumped by wicketkeeper Anju Jain for a well-compiled 34 in the 41st over when the right-hander stepped out of the crease to essay a forceful shot.

Australia were 156 for three at that juncture.

Ten runs later Rolton also departed when she became Amita Sharma's second victim when the bowler pulled off a good return catch to leave Aussies at 166 for four.

Rolton's long vigil at the wicket lasted a shade over two hours. She faced 111 balls, consumed 126 minutes and clubbed ten boundaries.

Rolton's departure in the 45th over triggered a slackening of the run flow as the Aussies posted 195 for six off their allotted fifty overs.

Amita Sharma was the best of the Indian bowlers, snaring three wickets for 37 runs, while Neetu David lent good support claiming two wickets for 41.

Set 196 for victory, the Indian made a decent start with openers Anju Jain and Jaya Sharma adopting a cautious approcach against the Aussie of Fitzpatrick and Twining.

Jaya was more fluent of the two as she picked the gaps with precision finding the boundary ropes on a few occasion.

Aussie skipper Belinda Clark effected the breakthrough for the Southern Stars when she turned in a brilliant piece of fielding to find Anju Jain short of her crease for 14 in the thirteenth over.

Jain occupied the crease for 44 minutes, faced 38 balls and hit two fours.

Anjum Chopra walked in and settled down nicely. She forged another useful stand with Jaya Sharma, who was looking in fine fettle at the other hand.

They took the score to 76 when Haynes produced the second breakthrough for Australia getting rid off Chopra when the latter was bowled through the gate for 18 which was interspersed with two hits to the fence.

Mithali Raj maintained the tempo along with Jaya Sharma and kept India in the contest as hosts crossed the 100-mark in the 31st over.

Jaya threw some caution to the wind soon reaching her half-century but departed soon after. The Railways southpaw spent two hours at the wicket before she was cleaned up by Rolton for 58. Her knock came off 109 and was punctuated with six boundaries.

Mithali, who got off the blocks slowy, gradually opened up to unleash some georgious shots on either side of the wicket. She raced to her fifty off only 67 balls, laced with nine fours.

The Australians to their credit, did not let the Jaya-Mithali partnership dent their confidence as they held their nerves when it mattered as the hosts stumbled in the closing stages to close out the match handing a narrow win to Australia.

But after Jaya's dismissal, India lost their way as they failed to cope up with the asking rate which was mounting all the time.

A middle-order collapse which also included a cheap dismissal of skipper Mamtha Maben for a duck only compounded India's woes.

Mithali's brave effort was to be for a lost cause as she was stranded on 60 as India finished on 181 for nine in 50 overs.

Karen Rolton was named Woman of the Match.

The second ODI would be held at the same venue on December 13.


Australia Innings:

LM Keightley lbw b David 13 BJ Clark lbw b A Sharma 20 KL Rolton c&b A Sharma 82 LC Sthalekar st Jain b David 34 M Jones c Marathe b Al Khader 10 AJ Blackwell lbw b A Sharma 2 CL Fitzpatrick not out 11 J Hayes not out 4 Extras (b 4, lb 5, w 8, nb 2) 19Total (6 wickets, 50 overs, 187 minutes) 195

FoW: 1-30 (Clark, 10.2 ov), 2-59 (Keightley, 18.3 ov), 3-156 (Sthalekar, 41.1 ov), 4-166 (Rolton, 44.4 ov), 5-175 (Blackwell, 46.5 ov), 6-181 (Jones, 47.6 ov).

Bowling O M R WA Sharma 10 1 37 3 (3w)Goswami 10 2 29 0 (2nb 3w)Al Khader 10 0 46 1Marathe 10 0 33 0 (1w)David 10 2 41 2 (1w)


A Jain run out (Clark) 14 J Sharma b Rolton 58 A Chopra b Hayes 18 M Raj not out 60 H Kala c Keightley b Sthalekar 13 M Maben c Clark b Sthalekar 0 A Sharma run out (Clark) 0 DM Marathe c Coleman b Twining 5 N Al Khader b Fitzpatrick 0 J Goswami b Twining 2 Extras (lb 3, w 8) 11Total (9 wickets, 50 overs, 183 minutes) 181

FoW: 1-33 (Jain, 12.3 ov), 2-76 (Chopra, 24.3 ov), 3-118 (J Sharma, 34.3 ov), 4-143 (Kala, 41.2 ov), 5-143 (Maben, 41.5 ov), 6-153 (A Sharma, 42.1 ov), 7-173 (Marathe, 47.6 ov), 8-174 (Al Khader, 48.2 ov), 9-181 (Goswami, 49.6 ov).

Bowling O M R WFitzpatrick 10 3 32 1Twining 9 1 35 2 (1w)Hayes 10 3 37 1 (6w)Sthalekar 10 1 31 2Nitschke 6 0 19 0Rolton 5 0 24 1

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