ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Women opened their international home series against India Women with a thrilling one run victory in the first Colonial Medical Insurance (CMI) One Day International at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium last night.
In front of thousands of Antiguans and Barbudans celebrating their country’s 38th Independence, the West Indies Women won the toss and reached 225 for seven before spinner Anisa Mohammed took five wickets, including one off the last ball, bbowling out India Women for 224.
A solid opening partnership between Natasha McLean and Stacy Ann King (12) provided the foundation for Windies. McLean reached her second ODI half century before she fell for 51 and captain Stafanie Taylor showed why she’s one of the premier women cricketers in the world with a patient 94 off 91 balls.
Chadean Nation made a quick 43 off 55 balls, spiced with five fours to help push the total.
Shikha Pandey was the best bowler for India, finishing with two for 38, while Deepti Sharma had two for 41.
India looked set to take their time in achieving the 226-run target. Priya Punia (75) and Jemimah Rodrigues (41) dropped anchor and played smart cricket, taking quick singles to keep the score moving when the boundaries were hard to come by.
Chinelle Henry and Stacy Ann King kept the India batters in check with accurate lines and lengths before Henry slid into the boundary board while saving a valuable two runs. The concussion substitute had to be enforced, and when Shabika Gajnabi came on, it sparked the turn around.
Anisa Mohammed and Gajnabi blew open the Indian middle and lower order. The former, who had already taken Punia’s wicket, accounted for India captain Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma, while the latter scalped Harmanpreet Kaur and Taniya Bhatia.
Mohammed returned to take the last two wickets in the last over of the innings, first ball to Ekta Bisht and then Poonam Yadav off the last ball. She achieved the career milestone of 150 ODI wickets, becoming the first spinner to do so and moved to fourth on the all-time highest Women’s ODI wicket-takers list.
The West Indies Women picked up two vital ICC Women’s Championship points to move to nine.
West Indies Women 225-7 in 50 overs (Stafanie Taylor 94, Natasha McLean 51, Chadean Nation 43, Stacy Ann King 12; Shikha Pandey 2-38, Deepti Sharma 2-41). India Women 224 in 50 overs (Priya Punia 75, Jemimah Rodrigues 41, Punam Raut 22, Mithali Raj 20, Deepti Sharma 19, Jhulan Goswami 14; Anisa Mohammed 5-46, Shabika Gajnabi 2-25, Stafanie Taylor 2-30). Windies Women won by one run.