WI Women clinch series with game to spare
VIJAYAWADA, India, CMC:
West Indies Women remained true to form when they clinched their three-match Twenty20 International series against India with an uncomplicated 31-run victory in the second game here yesterday.
Defending 137 for five at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side knocked over the hosts for 106 off 18.1 overs to win their second game in three days and make up for the pain of their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding one-day series.
Sent in, West Indies Women were again propelled by captain Stafanie Taylor who top-scored with 47, while veteran Deandra Dottin stroked 35 and teenaged opener Hayley Matthews, 27.
Seamer Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with two for 29.
Matthews gave the innings impetus in a brisk 28-ball knock which included five fours.
Taylor then expertly anchored two key partnership to ensure West Indies built a competitive total.
India Women then found themselves in early trouble when they lost Smriti Mandhana cheaply for four off the fourth ball of the innings with the score on five.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with a brisk 43 off 37 balls with a four and three sixes, while Deepti Sharma chipped in with 24 from 21 balls.
The final game of the series is carded for tomorrow.