More misery for Windies Women
TAUNTON, England, (CMC):
West Indies Women's misery at the ICC Women's World Cup continued unabated when they tumbled to a seven-wicket defeat to India Women in their second match here yesterday.
Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to a second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.
Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33. At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.
India's slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.
In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.
The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.
And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest. But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.
India now second
India are now second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.
Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.
Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over. Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.
The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma. With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.
Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana's direct hit at the non-striker's end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.
WEST INDIES WOMEN
H. Matthews c & b Sharma 43
F. Walters c wkp Verma b Bisht 9
*S. Taylor run out 16
D. Dottin c Rautb Poonam Yadav 7
+M. Aguilleira st Verma
b Poonam Yadav 6
K. Knight c Mandhana b Kaur 5
C. Nation st Verma b Kaur 12
S. Daley st Verma b Sharma 33
A. Fletcher not out 36
A. Mohammed not out 11
Extras (b2, w3) 5
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 183
Did not bat: S Connell
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Walters, 6.1 overs), 2-69 (Matthews, 19), 3-70 (Taylor, 20.1), 4-80 (Aguilleira, 27.3), 5-91 (Dottin, 33.3), 6-91 (Kyshona A Knight, 34.2), 7-121 (Nation, 40), 8-146 (Daley, 45.1)
Bowling: Goswami 6-0-37-0, Pandey 3-0-13-0, Bisht 10-2-23-1, Sharma 10-1-27-2, Meshram 4-0-20-0 (w2), Yadav 10-2-19-2 (w1), Kaur 7-0-42-2.
P. Raut c wkp Aguilleira b Connell 0
S. Mandhana not out 106
D. Sharma b Taylor 6
*M. Raj c Fletcher b Matthews 46
M. Meshram not out 18
Extras (b3, w6, nb1) 10
Total (3 wkts, 42.3 overs) 186
Did not bat: H Kaur, S Pandey, J Goswami, E Bisht, +S Verma, Poonam Yadav
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Raut, 0.5 overs), 2-33 (Sharma, 7.2), 3-141 (Raj, 33.2)
Bowling: Connell 4-0-23-1 (w2), Dottin 4-0-25-0 (w1, nb1), Taylor 10-1-24-1 (w1), Daley 5-0-24-0 (w2), Mohammed 6-0-25-0, Fletcher 4-0-18-0, Nation 1-0-9-0, Matthews 8.3-0-35-1.
Result: India Women won by seven wickets.
Player-of-the-Match: Smriti Mandhana.
Toss: India Women.
Umpires: S. George C. Polosak.