India tours West Indies

The Indian girls, brimming with confidence after upstaging England, would look to keep their winning momentum when they take on the West Indies in their second match of the ICC Women's World Cup, on Thursday.

This was Mandhana's second ODI century, and Twitter hailed her for the composed, calculated knock.

Stafanie Taylor, playing her 100th ODI, was run out for 16 by Mandhana's direct hit and Deandra Dottin - also earning her 100th cap - went for just seven when she picked out long off.

Mithali was caught at mid-off on 46 as she failed to clear the circle off a delivery from West Indies off-spinner Hayley Matthews, but not before adding 108 runs with her partner for the third wicket. Her innings negated the stutter caused by the two early wickets lost in response to the pressure West Indies' bowlers created with their fast, short-pitched bowling.

However, Mandhana and Raj got together to put up a 108-run partnership to help India take the upper hand.

While game one ended in a washout courtesy of persistent rain after India had fired to 3/199, game two saw much more satisfaction for the touring Indians who banked a big 105-run win in Port-Of-Spain having batted first and set a solid total of 5/310 courtesy of 103 from Ajinkya Rahane, 87 from skipper Virat Kohli and 63 from Shikhar Dhawan and the tourists will be keen to extend to an unbeatable 2-0 series lead at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. Punam Raut (86) and Smriti Mandhana (90) put on a 144-run opening stand that deflated the spirits of the English team.

The India vs West Indies Women's World Cup match will be played on June 29.

India will next face arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.

The West Indies have set a brilliant record in scoring runs and are consistently improving their rankings in ODIs, but are prone to sudden batting collapses. India's tour to West Indies starts on June 23 and ends on July 9. The other notable scorers were: Afy Fletcher who was unbeaten on 36, and Shanel Daley who made 33.

The Caribbean batters found it hard to hit leg-break bowler Poonam and the tight wicket to wicket bowling from Deepti and Ekta.


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