Third straight de­feat leaves WI Women sweat­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

VIJAYAWADA, In­dia (CMC): WEST INDIES Women were left sweat­ing on au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in Eng­land, af­ter crash­ing to a 15-run de­feat to In­dia Women in their must-win fi­nal one-day in­ter­na­tional of the three­match se­ries here Thurs­day.

Set 200 for vic­tory at the Mu­la­padu Cricket Sta­dium, the Caribbean girls were dis­missed for 184 at the start of the fi­nal over, to con­cede the se­ries 3-0 and fur­ther en­dan­ger their chances of an au­to­matic berth at the ODI show­piece.

They ap­peared on course at 166 for four in the 45th over, but shock­ingly lost their last six wick­ets for just 18 runs to fall apart down the stretch.

Ky­cia Knight struck form with a top score of 55 and teenaged opener Hay­ley Matthews stroked a breezy 44 from 53 de­liv­er­ies. But of the re­main­ing spe­cial­ist bats­men, only for­mer cap­tain Merissa Aguilleira with 22 man­aged to pass 20, as the Windies Women’s bat­ting let them down yet again.

Left-arm spin­ner Ra­jesh­wari Gayak­wad was the main bowler for the hosts with four for 34, and was es­pe­cially in­stru­men­tal at the death, tak­ing three of the six wick­ets to tumble.

The de­feat was the Windies Women’s last chance to se­cure the two ICC Cham­pi­onship points re­quired to seal a top-four po­si­tion in the stand­ings and gain au­to­matic World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

They lie fourth on 22 points but can be over­taken by ei­ther In­dia Women who are fifth with 19 points with three games left to play, or by South Africa Women, who are sixth on 17 points, also with three games re­main­ing.

GAME TURN­AROUND

They were def­i­nitely in the hunt early on when they re­duced In­dia Women to 52 for three in the 21st over, but Veda Kr­ish­na­murthy turned it around for the hosts with a bril­liant 71 off 79 balls.

She stroked 10 fours and an­chored two half-cen­tury stands, which all but deflated the Windies women. First, Kr­ish­na­murthy put on 51 for the fourth wicket with Har­man­preet Kaur, who made 19, and then added a fur­ther 57 for the fifth wicket with De­vika Vaidya, who hit an un­beaten 32 from 45 balls.

Even when she per­ished in the 45th over, be­com­ing the se­cond of Chedean Na­tion’s two wick­ets, Vaida and Jhu­lan Goswami (18 not out) dished out more tor­ment in a 39-run, six­th­wicket part­ner­ship off just 24 balls.

West Indies Women then got a great start from Matthews, who in­spired a 49-run open­ing part­ner­ship with Shaquana Quin­tyne, who made 18.

The right-han­der, who faced 53 balls and counted nine fours, put on an­other 20 for the se­cond wicket with Knight be­fore she was se­cond out, lbw to Gayak­wad in the 19th over.

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