Windies Women lose nine-over contest
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
Not even a slightly farcical nine-over-per-side affair could snap Windies Women’s losing streak as they slid to a five-run defeat to India Women in the penultimate Twenty20 International here yesterday.
After an extended delay at the start forced a massive reduction in overs, India scrambled to 50 for seven with off-spinner Hayley Matthews claiming three for 13 and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher (2-2) and off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond (2-10) finishing with two wickets apiece.
Twenty-year-old Pooja Vastrakar was the only one to reach double figures, with 10, as India never found their momentum after being asked to bat.
Matthews set the tone early when she removed dangerous 15-year-old Shefali Verma for seven in the opening over with the score on eight, holing out to long on off the fifth ball of the game.
And Matthews returned in the third over to strike twice, first having the opener Jemimah Rodrigues (6) brilliantly taken on the ropes at midwicket by Kyshona Knight and then getting Veda Krishnamurthy (5) to pick out Natasha McLean at mid-off.
Fletcher and Grimmond both followed up with tight spells to ensure India’s stroke-makers were kept in check.
In reply, the Windies came up short at 45 for five off their allotted overs, with Matthews and Chinelle Henry both topscoring with 11 and McLean chipping in with 10.
They were in good shape at 31 for two at the start of the eighth but lost three key wickets to watch their victory bid fizzle out.
India lead 4-0 in the five-match series, which concludes here Wednesday.
S Verma c Henry b Matthews 7
J Rodrigues c Kyshona Knight b Matthews 6
V Krishnamurty c McLean b Matthews 5
*H Kaur st Campbell b A Fletcher 6
Deepti Sharma b Grimmond 4
P Vastrakar c Henry b Grimmond 10
H Deol c Mohammed b Fletcher 0
+T Bhatia not out 8
Aanuja Patil not out 2
Extras (lb2) 2
TOTAL (7 wkts, 9 overs) 50
Did not bat: Radha Yadav, M Joshi.
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-16, 3-20, 4-30, 5-32, 6-32, 7-40.
Bowling: Matthews 2-0-13-3, Mohammed 2-0-13-0, Fletcher 2-0-2-2, Grimmond 2-0-10-2, King 1-0-10-0.
WEST INDIES WOMEN (target: 51 off nine overs)
H Matthews b Anuja Patil 11
C Nation b Deepti Sharma 3
C Henry b Radha Yadav 11
N McLlean run out 10
+S Campbell not out 5
S Grimmond c wkp Bhatia b Anuja Patil 2
S King not out 1
Extras (lb1, w1) 2
TOTAL (5 wkts, 9 overs) 45
Did not bat: Kyshona Knight, A Fletcher, *A Mohammed, S Gajnabi.
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-19, 3-31, 4-41, 5-44.
Bowling: Deepti Sharma 2-0-8-1, Radha Yadav 2-0-8-1, Deol 2-0-14-0, Anuja Patil 2-0-8-2, Joshi 1-0-6-0.
Result: India Women by five wickets.
Series: India Women lead five-match series 4-0.
Player-of-the-Match: Hayley Matthews.
Toss: West Indies Women. Umpires: Z Bassarath J Williams