Windies Women f lop again

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DE­AN­DRA DOT­TIN’S 17th One-Day In­ter­na­tional half-cen­tury was in vain as West In­dies Women slumped to their sec­ond straight loss of the three­match se­ries against In­dia Women with a five-wicket de­feat here yes­ter­day.

Once again, the Caribbean side failed to mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge when they bat­ted, post­ing an in­ad­e­quate 153 for seven off their 50 overs, and the hosts had lit­tle trou­ble over­haul­ing the tar­get with 12 overs to spare at the Mu­la­padu Cricket Stadium.

With the de­feat, West In­dies Women re­mained ag­o­nis­ingly shy of au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s 50-overs ICC World Cup in Eng­land as they still re­quire an­other two points to cross that line.

Sent in, West In­dies Women were strug­gling at 58 for four in the 26th over be­fore Dot­tin stroked a typ­i­cally flu­ent 61 to pull them out of trou­ble.

She found an ally in for­mer skip­per Merissa Aguilleira, who made 25, but no other Windies Women player passed 15 in an­other dis­ap­point­ing out­ing.

Both open­ers, Hay­ley Matthews (6) and Shaquana Quin­tyne (9), went cheaply, with just 20 runs on the board in the sixth over be­fore cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor and Ky­cia Knight, both of whom scored 15, re­paired the in­nings some­what with a 25-run, third-wicket part­ner­ship.

When both fell within 13 runs of each other, it left Windies Women to re­build from scratch, and they did so through Dot­tin and Aguilleira, who added 70 for the fifth wicket.

Both right-han­ders, Dot­tin counted six fours and a six in a 101-ball in­nings while Aguilleira faced 52 balls and notched two bound­aries.

Aguilleira was even­tu­ally bowled by left-arm spin­ner Ekta Bisht (2-28) at 128 for five in the 45th over, and Dot­tin fell to the last ball of the in­nings, bowled by seamer Jhu­lan Goswami (2-28).

De­fend­ing their small to­tal, West In­dies Women got the early break­through they needed when opener Thirush Kamini was dis­missed for two in the un­like­li­est of man­ners – ob­struct­ing the field – with the score on 23 for one in the fourth over.

There­after, how­ever, In­dia Women were never in danger of los­ing as cap­tain Mithali Raj top-scored (45), opener Sm­riti Mand­hana chipped in with 44, while Deepti Sharma got 32.

Mand­hana struck six fours and a six off 62 balls and put on 63 for the sec­ond wicket with Deepti, who counted four fours in her 63-ball knock.

West In­dies Women en­joyed a strong pe­riod when three wick­ets tum­bled for 39 runs, but Raj erased any hopes of a come­back with a stel­lar in­nings, which came from just 51 de­liv­er­ies and in­cluded six fours and a six.

The fi­nal day game of the se­ries is set for Wed­nes­day at the same venue.

Dot­tin scored 61 runs.

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