Windies Women suffer defeat after batting flop
Another batting failure saw West Indies Women crash to a disappointing six-wicket defeat to India Women in the opening One-Day International of the three-match series here yesterday.
Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side's batting woes continued from the recent series against England Women as they slumped to a paltry 131 all out off 42.4 overs at the Mulapadu Cricket Ground.
Former captain Merissa Aguilleira top-scored with a defiant, unbeaten 42 off 77 deliveries but was one of only three batsmen in double figures, with teenaged opener Hayley Matthews getting 24 and captain Stafanie Taylor, 19.
The damage was done by left-arm spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who finished with four for 21 and Ekta Bisht, who claimed three for 14.
West Indies Women were 63 for three in the 17th over but collapsed to lose their last seven wickets for 68 runs.
In reply, India were tottering on 36 for four in the 17th over before Veda Krishnamurthy stroked an unbeaten 52 and captain Mithali Raj, 46 not out, to see the hosts over the line in the 40th over.
The pair put on a brilliant 97 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand as they powered India to a precious two ICC Women's Championship points.
Fast bowler Shakera Selman was superb on her return to the squad, claiming two for 11 from her nine overs.
West Indies Women, in contrast with India Women, now find themselves under pressure to win the remaining two games in order to make safe their automatic qualification for next year's 50-overs World Cup in England.
Taking first knock, the visitors lost Shaquana Quintyne without scoring with just five runs on the board in the second over, but recovered through a 37-run second-wicket partnership between Matthews, and Taylor.
Both right-handers, Matthews stroked three fours and a six in a brisk 27-ball knock, while the usually prolific Taylor found the boundary twice in her 51-ball innings.
West Indies Women face India Women in the second game of the series on Sunday at the same venue.