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Friday, 1 February 2013

Women's World Cup 2013: India v WI, Mumbai: Report

Women's World Cup 2013: India v WI, Mumbai - Report:

India rode on opener Thirush Kamini Murugesan's maiden century to thrash West Indies by 105 runs in their opening Group A match of the ICC Women's World Cup in Mumbai on Thursday.

Kamini scored 100 off 146 balls to become the first Indian eve to notch up a century in 50-over World Cup as the hosts piled up a commendable 284 for six after being sent into bat.

Defending the total, Nagarajan Niranjana (3/52), Jhulan Goswami (2/13) and left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana (2/38) starred with the ball to help India bundle out the Caribbean side for 179 runs with 5.3 overs to spare.

West Indies run chase never really got off as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Opener Kycia Knight, one of the twin sister in the team, was dismissed in the second ball of the innings after she was run out by a direct hit from Harmanpreet Kaur.

West Indies then other opener Stafanie Taylor in the first ball of the sixth over after she edged one to wicket-keeper Karuna Jain off Amita Sharma's bowling.

Niranjana then castled the timbers of Shemaine Campbelle with an in swinger to reduce the West Indies to 38 for three.

Deandra Dottin then took the attack to the opposition with a 16-ball 39-run blitzkrieg which was studded with four sixes and three fours.

The 21-year old West Indian clobbered Niranjana for two sixes and a four in the 19th over before the pacer took her revenge by trapping Dottin plumb in front of the wicket in the same over.

Kyshona Knight (11) was then bowled by Sultana in the next over as West Indies lost half of the side back with just 84 runs on the board. 

Brief scores: India 284/6 in 50 overs (M Thirush Kamini 100, P Raut 72, D Dottin 3/32) beat West Indies 179 all out in 44.3 overs (D Dottin 39, N Niranjana 3/52, G Sultana 2/38) by 105 runs

Player of the Match: Thirush Kamini for her match-winning ton at the top of the Indian innings.

Presentation: Merissa Aguillera: "India batted well, they really took charge. We didn't really get any partnership going. We have good batting ability so the target was in our reach. Dottin played extremely will, but she needed to stick longer."

Mithali Raj: "It was a good way to start the tournament. The openers gave us the ideal start, specially Thirush Kamini and Poonam Raut played really well. The opening bowlers then gave us the ideal start too. We have worked really well and we have a very good combination of players for all situations. But sometimes you feel even 284 is not enough, specially when Dottin was going strong."

Thirush Kamini is the player of the match for her maiden hundred: "I am more happy to win the game. It was a good pitch to bat on. Me and Poonam, we play a lot together and that helps"


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