VADODARA, March 15: The Southern Stars from Australia reasserted their supremacy with a comprehensive 60-run victory against Indian women as they sealed the three-match series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead here today.
After cruising to an eight-wicket victory in the opening game, India were outplayed in all departments as Australia scored a healthy 287 for 9 and then bowled out Mithali Raj�s brigade for 227 in 49.2 overs.
Indian team never appeared to be competitive with batters letting the team down on both occasion.
A target of 288 in women�s cricket is a tall order but pint-sized opener Punam Raut�s lack of power hurt the Indian team badly as she undid all the hardwork done by her opening partner Smriti Mandhana (67 off 53 balls).
While Mandhana hit 12 boundaries and a straight six, Raut was not even able to rotate the strike. Her 27 off 61 balls was a major factor in India losing the match. Her ultra defensive batting put so much pressure on Mandhana, that her attempted slog sweep off left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (3/51 in 10 overs) landed into deep fine leg�s hands.
Skipper Mithali Raj (15) hit three boundaries but a mis-timed pull-shot off Ellyse Perry (2/41) landed in Alyssa Healy�s gloves.