Match Report: India v WI - 5th ODI
Rajkot, Jan 19: In what could fittingly be called the finale of the five-ODI series level at 2-2, India Women beat West Indies Women by 57 runs at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground in Rajkot.
Unable to reach the target of 189 runs, West Indies were all out in 45.4 overs. Jhulan Goswami struck early to send back the dangerous Stafanie Taylor in the third over. Juliana Nero soon followed her back into the hut. With their mainstays gone early, the visitors required someone to anchor the innings and finish the game for them, but that was not to be.
Shanel Daley’s 63 runs went in vain as none of the others came good at crunch time. Deandra Dottin’s effort of 21 runs and later Anisa Mohammed’s 16 runs failed to get the West Indies the desired result. The WI lower order was undone by Gauhar Sultana, Diana David and Priyanka Roy.
The efforts of the Indian bowlers have paid dividends, especially in these last two games. With contributions from Roy (three wickets), Gouhar and Goswami (two wickets each) and Amita Sharma and David (one wicket apiece), India sealed a thumping victory.
Electing to bat first, India too had lost both their openers early. With the exception of Mithali Raj (22), no-one in the top-order managed to reach double-digit scores.
West Indies pacer Tremayne Smartt was responsible for the first three Indian wickets that left India tottering at 32/3 in the 11th over. She picked the key wickets of Poonam Raut and Raj and was involved in Neha Tanvar’s run out.
Priyanka Roy’s patiently compiled 33 runs and Rumeli Dhar’s valuable knock of 32 runs gave India hope of reaching a respectable total.
Coming in at No. 8, Amita Sharma remained unbeaten on 47 missing her first ODI half-century once again. Her previous best was 45 not out against Pakistan at Jaipur in December 2006. Although there was no substantial contribution from the lower-order batsmen, they ably supported Sharma who batted through the innings.
With the ODI series in their bag, the Indians will be looking forward to winning the three-match Twenty20 series to be played at Ahmedabad from January 22 to 24, 2011.
Brief score: India 188/9 in 50 overs (Amita Sharma 47*, Priyanka Roy 33, Rumeli Dhar 32, T Smartt 2/27) beat West Indies 131 all out in 45.4overs (SF Daley 63, DJS Dottin 21, Priyanka Roy 3/26, Jhulan Goswami 2/ 22, G Sultana 2/25) by 57 runs
West IndiesPlaying XI: SR Taylor, JB Nero, SACA King, DJS Dottin, MR Aguilleira*†, SF Daley, B Cooper, SA Campbelle, T Smartt, A Mohammed, PS Etienne
India Playing XI: PG Raut, N Tanvar, M Raj, A Sharma, P Roy, SLJ Lobatto†, DP David, R Dhar, H Kaur, J Goswami*, G Sultana