The Indian women continued their impressive run by beating West Indies in a convincing manner at County Ground, Taunton. After winning the toss, the Indian bowlers did a great job to restrict West Indies to just 183. Smriti Mandhana scored unbeaten 106* to help India win the match by 7 wickets to register their second successive win.
The Indian captain winning the toss and elected to field at Bristol Ground earlier today. West Indies openers Walters and HK Mathews got the team off to a steady start putting on 29 runs for the first wicket in 6.1 overs before Walters was dismissed by Bisht. At the end of first 10 overs, West Indies eves were 43 for 1. HK Mathews looked in good touch with brilliant strokes. The second wicket of HK Mathews and Captain Stephine Taylor added 40 runs. Mathews was dismissed by Deepti Sharma for 43 runs.
The West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals with the Indian trio spinners of Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav not allowing them to score runs with ease. Dottin, Aguillera, Knight failed to contribute anything. SF Daley scored 33 in 37 balls while ASS Flecther remained not out on 36 off 23 balls which helped the West Indies eves to post 183 for 8 in 50 overs.
Chasing the target of 184, the Indian eves got off to a worse start losing the wicket of Punam Raut in the first over itself. Deepti Sharma and Smriti Mandhana added 33 runs for the second wicket as Sharma was dismissed 6 runs. At the end of first 10 overs, Indian eves were 42 for 2.
After the first 10 overs, both Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj steadied the innings with positive strokeplay from Smriti Mandhana. Smriti completed her fifty in 57 balls while Raj played according to her pace. Both the Indian batters put on 108 runs for the third wicket. Mithali Raj missed her 8th consecutive half-century by just 4 runs.
Despite Smriti Mandhana struggling with her knee she continued to play and completed her century in 105 balls. Both Mandhana and Meshram helped India to register a 7 wicket with 45 balls to spare.
In the other match, Australia women beat Sri Lankan women by 8 wickets as Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 152. Sri Lankan batter Attapatu scored the third highest score in women’s ODI cricket.
Indian women 186 for 3 in 42.3 overs (Smriti Mandhana 106*) beat West Indies women 183 for 8 in 50 overs ( HK Mathews 43, Poonam Yadav 2/19, Deepti Sharma 2/27) by 7 wickets
Indian women 2 West Indies women 0
Australian women 262 for 2 in 43.5 overs(Meg Lanning 152*, pacersNE Bolton 60) beat Sri Lankan women 257 for 9 in 50 overs ( Attapatu 178*, NE Bolton 2/18) by 8 wickets.
Indian captain Mithali Raj said after winning the match: It was an excellent performance by the girls who played well at important momentsPacersdisappointed but the spinners bowled well to allow the team come into the match and restrict the West Indies team.
Man of the match Smriti Mandhana said: It was a special knock for me as we were chasing and the innings against England gave me confidence scoring big runs. This was my 2nd ODI century as I missed the century the last match.
Indian women play their next match against Pakistan on 2nd July at County Ground, Derby.