Match Report: Ind v WI – 4th ODI
Rajkot, Jan 18: India Women pulled off a ten-run win over West Indies in a nail-biting finish at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot in the fourth ODI between the two sides.
Chasing 217, Stafanie Taylor and Juliana Nero gave the West Indies a brilliant start, putting together 127 runs for the first wicket.
Taylor who opens both the batting and bowling for the West Indies today scored a superb 83 runs off 129 balls and took two wickets. The Jamaican has so far been a key player for the West Indies throughout the series.
After both West Indies openers were run out, they lost wickets consistently. Stacy-Ann King, coming in one down, was sent back almost immediately by Rumeli Dhar who had earlier done her bit with the bat too. Deandra Dottin and Merissa Aguilleira tried to build a partnership but were sent back by Priyanka Roy in consecutive overs. Gauhar Sultana and Diana David too chipped in with wickets.
From a commanding position of 127/ 1 in the 33rd over, West Indies slipped to 177/ 7 in the 47th over. As wickets fell, the match inched towards a tight finish with the visitors requiring 13 runs to win off the last over with two wickets in hand. Diana David, bowling the last over, picked the wickets of Anisa Mohammed off the third and Shemaine Campbelle off the fifth ball, both out trying to take the aerial route.
The Indians missed their main bowler, Jhulan Goswami, who had to leave the field after sustaining a hand injury. Mithali Raj took over from her for the hosts.
Earlier in the day, West Indies won the toss and put India in to bat. The hosts managed to bat through all 50 overs for the first time in the series. There were two replacements in the team - wicketkeeper Anagha Deshpande and Soniya Dabir were replaced by Samantha Lobatto and Neha Tanvar.
Playing her first match of the series, Tanvar opened with Poonam Raut and scored 19 runs before getting run out.
Mithali Raj, who has not been amongst the runs so far in the series, made an unbeaten 109 runs off 106 deliveries. Her partnership of 108 runs with Poonam Raut (62 off 128) helped India set WI a target of 217 runs.
With the fall of Raut’s wicket in the 40th over, Amita Sharma was sent up the order to accelerate the run rate. But she departed quickly and Harmanpreet Kaur was sent in, but without much success. Rumeli Dhar, who came in next, tried to give the set batsman Raj the strike. Between the two of them, they added 44 runs in the remaining seven overs. Dhar remained not out on 15 runs.
The Indians displayed some good batting on a batsman-friendly pitch and were the beneficiaries of quite a few misfields. Stafanie Taylor was the only West Indies bowler who stood out with two wickets in her pocket.
Brief score: India 216/4 in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 109, Poonam Raut 62, Stafanie Taylor 2/32) beat West Indies206 all out in 49.5 over( Stafanie Taylor 83, Juliana Nero 42, Diana David 3/ 39, Priyanka Roy 2/ 35, Gauhar Sultana 2/ 41) by 10 runs
West IndiesPlaying XI: SR Taylor, JB Nero, B Cooper, MR Aguilleira*†, SACA King, DJS Dottin, SF Daley, A Mohammed, SL Munroe, T Smartt, SA Campbelle
IndiaPlaying XI: PG Raut, N Tanvar, M Raj, A Sharma, P Roy, SLJ Lobatto†, DP David, R Dhar, H Kaur, J Goswami*, G Sultana