Windies Women suf­fer de­feat af­ter bat­ting f lop

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

VIJAYAWADA, In­dia CMC: NOTHER BAT­TING fail­ure saw West Indies Women crash to a dis­ap­point­ing six-wicket de­feat to In­dia Women in the open­ing One-Day In­ter­na­tional of the three-match se­ries here yes­ter­day.

Opt­ing to bat first, the Caribbean side’s bat­ting woes con­tin­ued from the re­cent se­ries against Eng­land Women as they slumped to a pal­try 131 all out off 42.4 overs at the Mulapadu Cricket Ground.

For­mer cap­tain Merissa Aguilleira top-scored with a de­fi­ant, un­beaten 42 off 77 de­liv­er­ies but was one of only

AAguilleira ... made an un­beaten 42. three bats­men in double fig­ures, with teenage opener Hay­ley Matthews get­ting 24 and cap­tain Stafanie Taylor, 19.

The dam­age was done by lef­t­arm spin­ners Ra­jesh­wari Gayak­wad, who fin­ished with four for 21, and Ekta Bisht, who claimed three for 14.

West Indies Women were 63 for three in the 17th over but col­lapsed to lose their last seven wick­ets for 68 runs.

In re­ply, In­dia were tot­ter­ing on 36 for four in the 17th over be­fore Veda Kr­ish­na­murthy stroked an un­beaten 52 and cap­tain Mithali Raj, 46 not out, to see the hosts over the line in the 40th over.

The pair put on a bril­liant 97 in an un­bro­ken fifth-wicket stand as they pow­ered In­dia to a pre­cious two ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship points.

Fast bowler Shak­era Sel­man was su­perb on her re­turn to the squad, claim­ing two for 11 from her nine overs.

West Indies Women, in con­trast with In­dia Women, now find them­selves un­der pres­sure to win the re­main­ing two games in or­der to make safe their au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s 50overs World Cup in Eng­land.

West Indies Women face In­dia Women in the sec­ond game of the se­ries on Sun­day at the same venue.

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