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Listless India suffer 5-wicket loss to Australia in warmup

A listless Indian women’s team failed to click in all departments of the game as they were handed a five-wicket thumping defeat by Australia in their second warm up game ahead of the ICC World Cup on Tuesday.

India could score just 222 for eight after opting to bat and the Australians chased down the target of 223 runs in 37.3 overs, despite losing a wicket in the first over. The Indian batters were led by Harmanpreet Kaur in the absence of Mithali Raj and they started well. But soon after they began struggling and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost half their side for the score of 116.

Raj had viral fever in the morning, which prompted her to take rest, but the team manager later said that she was fine. The opening pair of Poonam Raut and Thirushkamini Murugesan added 47 runs for the first wicket before the latter was caught behind off Aussie pacer Megan Schutt.

Raut then forged a 54-run stand with Mona Meshram for the second wicket. But the Indian side lost Raut (31) and Meshram (25) in a span of two overs, which brought down the run rate. India suffered two quick blows after all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar picked up Meshram and Karuna Jain in consecutive deliveries. Reema Malhotra tried to consolidate the innings with Harmanpreet Kaur, wicketkeeper Sulkashana Naik and Amita Sharma.
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