Under the captaincy of Mithali Raj, the Indian women’s team displayed amazing batting in their third league match against the West Indies, scoring 317 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs and set a target of 318 runs for the West Indies women’s team to win. Opener batsman Smriti Mandhana and middle-order batsman Harmanpreet Kaur’s century innings contributed a lot in taking Team India to this score.
West Indies women’s team got a target of 318 runs to win, but this team was all out for 162 runs in 40.3 overs and lost by a margin of 155. The Indian women’s team got the second win in the three matches played so far in this World Cup.
In this match, Smriti Mandhana was adjudged the player of the match for her century. In the second innings, Indian bowling was excellent with Sneh Rana taking three, Meghna Singh two while Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gaikwad and Pooja Vastrakar took one wicket each.
India’s innings, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur scored centuries-
India had a good start against the West Indies and opener batsman Yastika Bhatika and Smriti Mandhana shared a 49-run partnership for the first wicket and this partnership was broken with the dismissal of Yastika.
He scored 31 runs while India’s second wicket fell in the form of captain Mithali Raj, who played an innings of just 5 runs. Deepti Sharma contributed 15 runs as India lost their third wicket for 78 runs.
After this, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur made a world record partnership of 184 runs for the fourth wicket and put India in a strong position.
After this Smriti Mandhana returned to the pavilion after scoring 123 runs but Harmanpreet’s excellent batting continued. After this again India’s wickets fell quickly and Richa Bhatia 5 runs, Pooja Vastrakar was dismissed for 10 runs.
When Harmanpreet Kaur had scored 109 runs, her wicket fell and at that time the score of Team India had reached 313 runs. Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on 2 runs while Meghna Singh scored one run.
India’s playing XI:
Yastika Bhatia, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (WK), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastkar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gaikwad.
West Indies Playing XI:
Deandra Datin, Hayley Matthews, Kishia Knight, Stephanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbell (wk), Chadion Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Allen, Shamilia Kanell, Anissa Mohammed, Shakira Selman.