WI Women, India in crucial clash
MOHALI, India (CMC):
West Indies Women will seek to banish the disappointment of their defeat to England Women last week when they take on hosts India Women in a virtual must-win game in the Women's Twenty20 World Cup here today.
After starting the tournament with two straight wins to top Group B, they stumbled in a heart-wrenching last ball defeat on Thursday, to tumble into second spot alongside Pakistan Women on four points.
West Indies Women must now ensure they beat India Women and hope England also defeat the Pakistanis in order to clinch a semi-final spot outright.
Even if they win but England lose, the Caribbean side will finish in a three-way tie with England and Pakistan Women on six points, with net run rate deciding the two semi-finalists.
This nerve-racking scenario is one captain Stafanie Taylor is desperately hoping to avoid.
"I think we are very much confident. We know what we need to improve on. We worked really hard at training today and I think the girls are ready," she said yesterday.
"We just have to try and outsmart the Indians because we know they are going to come with spinners, so we just have to be ready."
West Indies Women have been let down by their batting in the tournament. In the last game against England in Dharamsala, they could only muster 108 for four off their 20 overs, but they bowled and fielded magnificently to almost successfully defend the total.
Taylor, her side's most dependable batsman, said a bigger effort was needed from the batsmen today.
"We need to see some positives in the batting. The bowlers have been doing so well and I think we need to help out the bowlers. We need to put some runs on the board so the bowlers can have something to bowl at," she urged.
Taylor admitted that the narrow defeat to England Women had hurt. She said that after reducing England from 59 without loss in the ninth over to come within a wicket and one delivery of victory, missing out had been difficult to absorb.