WI women in lead
VADODARA – West Indies snatched a surprise 2-1 lead in their five-match One-Day International series against India when they beat the World’s third-ranked side by three wickets yesterday.
Prolific teenaged opener Stafanie Taylor stroked 46 as West Indies, chasing 157 for victory, reached 159 for seven with four balls to spare at the Reliance Stadium.
After the match captain Merissa Aguilleira said she was pleased to see the “fight” being demonstrated by the team in the foreign conditions.
“We are thrilled with this victory. We had to fight really hard for this win and we again showed that we can beat a team ranked ahead of us on their home soil. We are ‘one team with one dream’ and we will be looking to win the next match and take the series,” she said.
“In the second match we panicked a bit and we failed by just ten runs. After that match we regrouped and told each other that we had to do the job.
“In the second match we were impatient and that cost us. Today we were more patient and there was more situation awareness and everyone took responsibility. We knew we had to do the job and it worked out.”
Earlier, off-spinners Anisa Mohammed (2-20) and Stafanie Taylor (2-21) and left-arm pacer Shanel Daley (2-22), all took two wickets apiece as they once again restricted the hosts to a modest total.
Tail-ender Amita Sharma cracked a cameo 35 to top score for the Indians who had earlier gotten an ultra patient 33 from opener Poonam Raut.
The 19-year-old Taylor, who failed in the last match when West Indies lost by ten runs, took matters into her own hands with a measured innings to ensure the visitors got off to a good start.
She hit seven fours off 72 balls and posted 45 for the first wicket with Juliana Nero whose 22 was a breezy knock off 31 balls, decorated with five fours. (CMC/HG)
VADODARA – Scoreboard in the third One-Day International of the five-match series between India women and West Indies women at the Reliance Stadium yesterday:
P Raut lbw b Campbelle 33
+A Deshpande lbw b Taylor 5
M Raj c Cooper b Mohammed 15
H Kaur lbw b Mohammed 5
P Roy run out 7
Soniya Dabir b King 19
D David c wk Aguilleira b Daley 0
R Dhar c Smartt b Dottin 17
A Sharma c wk Aguilleira b Daley 35
*J Goswami c Dottin b Taylor 3
G Sultana not out 0
Extras (lb6, w11) 17
TOTAL (all out – 48.2 overs) 156
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Deshpande, 5.2 overs), 2-53 (Raut, 24.1), 3-58 (Kaur, 26), 4-63 (Raj, 29.4), 5-72 (Roy, 33.2), 6-80 (David, 37.3), 7-102 (Dabir, 40.1), 8-122 (Dhar, 43.2), 9-140 (Goswami, 46.1), 10-156 (Sharma, 48.2)
Bowling: Smartt 8-1-17-0, Taylor 10-1-21-2, Campbelle 10-0-22-1, Mohammed 10-3-20-2, King 4-0-25-1, Daley 3.2-1-22-2, Dottin 3-0-23-1.
S Taylor c Dabir b Roy 46
J Nero c Dhar b David 22
B Cooper run out 0
*+M Aguilleira c Kaur b Dabir 17
S King run out 20
D Dottin c Goswami b David 12
S Daley c David b Roy 13
S Campbelle not out 12
A Mohammed not out 3
Extras (lb2, w12) 14
TOTAL (7 wkts – 49.2 overs) 159
Did not bat: S Selman, T Smartt.
Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Nero, 10.5 overs),
2-63 (Cooper, 18.3), 3-74 (Taylor, 22, 4-98 (Aguilleira, 31.5), 5-115 (King, 34), 6-142 (Dottin, 42), 7-142 (Daley, 42.3)
Bowling: Goswami 7.2-1-27-0, Soniya Dabir 6-1-36-1, Dhar 3-0-12-0, Sultana 10-3-14-0, David 9-2-33-2, Sharma 4-0-8-0, Roy 10-0-27-2.
Result: West Indies won by three wickets.
Series: Windies lead five-match series 2-1