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Aussie eves thrash India again

November 08, 2008 14:35 IST

The Indian women's team's batting collapsed yet again as Australia romped to a thumping 118-run victory in the fourth one-dayer to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series in Canberra on Saturday.

Chasing a record 281 for an elusive win in the series, India were bowled out for 163 with four overs to spare.

Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat, Aussie captain Karen Rolton (101) scored her eighth international hundred, while opener Alex Blackwell (106) also hit a century on a record-breaking day for the hosts at Manuka Oval.

Rolton's century set the world record for the most number of ODI centuries by a woman. Her first century in more than three years was scored off just 91 balls and helped the Aussies post 281 for 3, their highest score against India.

Blackwell's second one-day international century was brought up in the 49th over with twin sister Kate at the non-striker's end.

In contrast, India's innings began disastrously, as M D Thiruskamini was run-out off a no-ball in the fourth over.

For the third match in a row, India's chase never threatened the hosts and by the 17th over they had slumped to 4-51, with star batter Mithali Raj dismissed for 22.

A spirited 56-run partnership between Anagha Deshpande and Priyanka Roy was hardly of any help as India were outplayed yet again.

Ellyse Perry led the wicket-takers for the hosts with figures of 3-21, while Emma Sampson took 2-24.

The final match of the series will be played in Canberra on Sunday.

                                               
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