Windies Women lose second ODI
TAUNTON – West Indies Women’s misery at the ICC Women’s World Cup continued unabated when they tumbled to a seven-wicket defeat to India Women in their second match here Thursday.
Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.
Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43.
Afy Fletcher hit an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.
At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher, at number nine, provided late resistance with bold striking.
India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet Kaur, along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav all finishing with two wickets each.
In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.
West Indies Women 183 for eight off 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 43, Afy Fletcher 36 not out, Shanel Daley 33; Poonam Yadav 2-19, Deepti Sharma 2-27). India Women 186 for three off 42.3 overs (Smriti Mandhana 106 not out, Mithali Raj 46). India Women won by seven wickets. (CMC)