Amitabh Bachchan gets trolled for error while congratulating Indian women cricket team

Meg Lanning will hold the key to Australia women’s cricket team chances its three-match ODI series against the India women’s cricket team starting on Monday

On a day when the temperature hovered around 40-degree Celsius, Australia avenged its stunning loss to India at the Women's World Cup previous year in splendid fashion. Australia draw firsrt blood in the series and what a start already. On 11 March, Amitabh Bachchan had posted the wishes of Indian Women Cricket team and mistakenly mentioned that the team India had defeated Australia instead of South Africa.

The scores: India: Punam Raut lbw b Wellington 37, Smriti Mandhana c Lanning b Gardner 12, Jemimah Rodrigues c Healy b Wellington 1, Harmanpreet Kaur c Healy b Schutt 9, Deepti Sharma c Carey b Jonassen 18, Veda Krishnamurthy c Mooney b Wellington 16, Sushma Verma c Bolton b Jonassen 41, Shikha Pandey c Bolton b Jonassen 2, Pooja Vastrakar c Haynes b Jonassen 51, Poonam Yadav run out 5, Rajeshwari Gayakwad (not out) 0; Extras (lb-1, w-7): 8; Total (in 50 overs): 200. Even as she took a while to assess the Reliance Stadium surface, where pace had been on the wane since the latter half of India's innings, Bolton kept pinching singles through the seven-two off-side heavy field, while opening partner Alyssa Healy went on an rampage to make a 29-ball 38.

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At the press meet, Aussie captain Meg Lanning admitted that the defeat at the World Cup had hurt. We have plans for them.

"You really can't plan during the first match of the series".

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India's women cricketers have begun to get the space they deserve, be it on the billboard, in the media or in the hearts of sports fans.

"Middle-order has been a weakness for us but we are working on it", said vice-captain Harmanpreet on eve of the match. I believe that if we play well, the riches will follow.

Coach Tushar Arothe, who has played all his first-class cricket for Baroda, opined that the first 40-45 minutes will help the seamers. "We need to improve our batting and the bowlers need to contribute better", Lanning said. "I know she'll be kicking herself to get out when she did but she really set the tone there and that's what we want to see from her".

Senior bowler Jhulan Goswami is out with injury and Arothe said that Shikha Pandey and Puja Vastrakar will have to shoulder more responsibility in Bengal player's absence.

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