The Australian Women's Cricket Team started the summer by extending their undefeated ODI streak with a nine-wicket win over India.
Australia faced India in a ODI to start their summer series on Tuesday, September 21 in Mackay. It was the first of seven meetings in the new mixed format competition with both teams contesting three ODIs, one Test and finish with three T20s.
It was the beginning of the quest by both nations to win the first ever India-Australia women's series trophy. After winning the toss Australia elected to bowl first. This first inning became a teenage-dominated affair.
18-year old Darcie Brown and 19-year old Hannah Darlington took six wickets between them. What was even more impressive than the youth of the pace pair was their experience. Brown was playing in her second ever ODI while Darlington was making her debut.
Brown became the youngest Australia to take an ODI four-for when she claimed 4-33 from nine overs, including four of India's top five batters. Darlington got two wickets. Sophie Molineux also claimed two wickets with the help of two Alyssa Healy stumping.
India were able to get 225 runs during this first innings with India captain Mithali Raj and debutante Yastika Bhatia's 77-run third-wicket stand being the highlight.
The second innings was a history making day for Alyssa Healy. The wicketkeeper-batter made 77 runs in as many balls before being caught out. During her batting session she passed the 2000 ODI runs mark, becoming the woman to do pass this milestone in the least amount of balls.
Rachael Haynes, who led the way with 93 runs not out, also crossed the 2000 ODI run mark becoming the fourth-fastest Australia women to the milestone after Healy, Nat Sciver and Meg Lanning. Captain Lanning herself got 53 not out in her 200th match for Australia.
The Player of the Match was Darcie Brown. Australia continue their series tomorrow by meeting India again in the second ODI at the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay.