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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Report: India vs West Indies (Women), WT20, 2014


India openers Mithali Raj and Punam Raut took India to a nine-wicket win over West Indies at the Sylhet Stadium. Both openers scored half-centuries as India cantered to victory after their bowlers restricted West Indies Women to 117.  (Also Read: Report: Bangladesh vs India (Women), WT20, 2014)

Chasing 118, Raj and Raut got the team off to a flying start. Kaur set the tone of the innings with a boundary off Shanel Daley in the first over. The pair milked the West Indies bowlers as they cruised towards the target. Both reached their half-centuries as they leveled scorers with WI. Their partnership was worth 117 when S Selman claimed Raut to deny India a 10-wicket victory. Earlier in the over, Raut had smashed the bowler twice to the boundary and ran twos couple of times to claim 12 runs off it. After the opener had to return for 56, Smriti Mandhana came to the middle and struck Anisa Mohammed for a four in the next over to take the team to victory. Raj remained unbeaten on 55 as India attained the target with 14 balls to spare.  (Also Read: Report: England vs India (Women), WT20, 2014)

Earlier, Shubhalakshmi Sharma dealt the first blow, after West Indies Women opted to bat first, by trapping Kycia Knight lbw off the first ball of the match. But Deandra Dottin (57 off 51balls) played a vital knock to hold the WI innings together. She stitched together a 61-run partnership with Stafanie Taylor until the captain was removed by Poonam Yadav. 26 runs later, Dottin was sent back by Jhulan Goswami. WI failed to capitalise on the foundation laid by the skipper and Dottin as they managed to add just 25 runs in the last five overs for four wickets. Harmanpreet Kaur claimed two wickets, while Archana Das picked one and Sharma affected a run out as India kept the flow of runs in check and restricted the opposition to 117 for seven. 

India Women 121 for 1 (Mithali 55*, Raut 56) beat West Indies Women 117 for 7 (Dottin 57, Harmanpreet Kaur 2-12) by 9 wickets

source: bcci.tv

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