The West Indies men's side won an ODI series after five long years earlier today but the women couldn't stand up against a belligerent India that took the Daren Sammy National Stadium in St. Lucia by storm. 1-0 up are the tourists, but they'll be well aware of the capability of the hosts. Moreover, they wouldn't forget in a hurry that they won the ODI series after being 0-1 down. Not much turnaround before the second T20I at the same venue on Sunday (November 10). Hope you enjoyed our coverage tonight! See you for the second T20I. Till then, ciao!
Player of the Match
Shafali Verma has been adjudged the player of the match for her scintillating 73 runs off 49 balls. She has Veda Krishnamurthy as the translator: Feeling very happy about the whole thing (her performance). I feel confident about opening the batting because I have been doing that from the beginning. Happy to open and bat with Smriti Mandhana.
Harmanpreet Kaur: Credit to the girls for playing good cricket. We worked hard on our opening pair. Shafali Verma is young and is playing like a senior player. Smriti Mandhana played well too. Credit to the fielding staff for our fielding display.
Anisa Mohammed: We don’t want to remember tonight. The difference mainly were the first six overs. Our fielders should do better and our batters should be there towards the end and can’t leave 12-13 runs an over to get for the lower order.
WI 101/9 in 20 overs
It was a clinical performance by India. West Indies were never in the hunt, having lost three wickets inside the power play. As expected, India's spinners were again at the fore, picking up five wickets between them. Radha Yadav finished with 4-1-10-2, including the wicket-maiden in the final over. Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav also picked up two wickets each. Shemaine Campbelle was the top-scorer for West Indies with a 33 to her name. Presentation to follow...
Well done, Vastrakar!
WI 87/7 in 16 overs,need 99 in 24 balls.
Pooja Vastrakar has finished her spell and has figures of 4-0-21-1. She got rid of Chinelle Henry for two, getting her caught behind. Vastrakar has come back well after being taken for 17 runs in her first two overs.
Not the King...
WI 86/6 in 14.1 overs.
Stacy-Ann King's struggle in the middle comes to an end. With India bowling outside her hitting arc, she found the going tough. Against Deepti Sharma, she tried to play the slog sweep. Missed it and was adjudged LBW. 13 off 17 balls against her name, then.
WI 78/5 in 12 overs,need 108 runs in 48 balls.
Inexplicable batting from West Indies. Shemaine Campbelle, well set on 33 off 34 balls, departed as a result. Stacy-Ann King had got an inside edge just past the stumps, to which the batters took a single. A needless throw at the striker's end by Taniya Bhatia, that missed the stumps, then resulted in an overthrow. But then wonder what Campbelle though when she decided to go for the third with the ball in the fielder's hand. The throw was immediately given to the keeper, which caught Campbelle well short.
Nipped in the bud
WI 54/4 in 8.4 overs need 132 in 68 balls.
West Indies seemed to have got a semblance of control because of the 31-run stand between Shemaine Campbelle and Kyshona Knight. However, Poonam Yadav has managed to get Knight. The West Indian southpaw got down to sweep but only managed a top edge. Smriti Mandhana at short fine leg pouched it easily. Stacy-Ann King, the experienced campaigner has walked to the middle now...
Less power play
WI 33/3 in 6 overs, need 153 in 84 balls.
West Indies have managed just four fours and a six in the first six overs of the run chase. India had plenty more, racing away to 77/0. Chedean Nation was the latest to depart, miscuing one to mid-off off Shikha Pandey. A ball before, she was the one to open the six-account for the hosts. West Indies' batting going nowhere...
McLean's horror night
WI 13/2 in 2.1 overs.
Natasha McLean would be searching for places to hide her face tonight. She dropped three catches in the field and now, walks back for a two-ball blob. She gets a tossed up ball from Radha Yadav. Looks to go over mid off but miscues it. Harmanpreet Kaur runs to her right and takes it comfortably.
WI 13/1 in 1.3 overs.
Hayley Matthews' stay in the middle has been cut short for just 13 runs. Shikha Pandey lands one on a length around off. It curves in after pitching. Matthews was taken aback by the inward movement. Couldn't do much apart from getting clean bowled. Just the start that West Indies dreaded, just what India would have liked.
WI 9/0 in 1 over.
Hayley Matthews, at the end of the over, has two fours to show against her name. But only one of them was in control. It was a flatter one outside off by Deepti Sharma, who took the new ball, that was cut firmly by Matthews through point. The next one was via an outside edge past the wicketkeeper.
India began in a resounding fashion through Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma. This was after they were inserted in to bat. West Indies' problems were compounded by their poor catching and fielding, giving life to Mandhana on at least three occasions. They did manage to pull things back towards the end of the innings after the opening stand was broken, but the damage was done early on. Towards the end, it seemed as if the ball was gripping for the spinners. That is a dangerous prospect given the firepower India have in that department.
186 to win!
IND 185/4 in 20 overs.
This is a formidable score posted by India. It's their third-highest in T20Is and joint-highest by a side against West Indies. The hosts were shambolic in the field, dropped catches and misfields being a feature of their outing. But towards the end, it seemed they have pulled back things a bit, given India's opening partnership was worth 143. It still is a mammoth task for the hosts.
IND 157/4 in 18.1 overs.
India have lost four wickets for the last 17 runs in the past 15 balls. Having dropped at least three catches from the start of the match, West Indies managed to see the back of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana. Soon enough, Pooja Vastrakar was caught behind for a duck. And now, Deepti Sharma becomes the latest to depart. She gets stumped in a bid to hit Anisa Mohammed out of the park. Some collapse this from India...
IND 146/2 in 16.2 overs.
Finally West Indies manage to catch Smriti Mandhana out. She holes down to long off where Hayley Matthew hangs on to it this time. Anisa Mohammed is among the wickets now. The Indian southpaw departs for 67 off 46. Two new batters in the middle for the tourists, with the base firmly in place. How many can India get to? Can the West Indies restrict them?
West Indies strike
143/1 in 15.3 overs.
Six and out for Shafali Verma! Shakera Selman gets the much-needed and the delayed breakthrough for West Indies. She was hit for a maximum over long on. The next one was a short one outside off. Verma tried cutting it but could only manage a top edge. Kyshona Knight made no mistake this time round. Verma went for 73 off 49 balls.
IND 137/0 in 15.1 overs.
Smriti Mandhana is living a charmed life. Shakera Selman was the unfortunate one on that occasion as she got the southpaw to mistime her loft towards long off. Hayley Matthews, one of the better fielders going around, runs ahead and spills the offering. And again, for the third time long off is the place. So won't be wrong to say that Mandhana is having a long life!
Butter-fingered McLean 2.0
IND 126/0 in 13 overs.
Natasha McLean is generally a safe fielder. But tonight, she has already dropped two catches and on both occasions, Smriti Mandhana has been the beneficiary. This time she skies one off Afy Fletcher. Yet again McLean settles herself under it at long off. And repeats what she did before - drops it and lets it go to the fence. Just below par today.
IND 101/0 in 9.5 overs.
Shafali Verma gets to her maiden international half century, off just 30 balls. At one point she was on 41 off 18, threatening to break Smriti Mandhana's record of the fastest fifty by an Indian in T20Is (24 balls) but it wasn't to be. Nevertheless, it has been a terrific start by the Indian pair, that has added over 100 for the opening wicket already.
IND 94/0 in 9 overs.
Afy Fletcher had managed to apply some brakes to India's scoring after the power play. As a result, there was some attempt by Smriti Mandhana to break the shackles. She charged down and lofted one down long off's throat. But Natasha McLean there got to the ball and let it slip through her hands for four. Rubbing salt to Fletcher's wounds.
IND 77/0 in 6 overs.
Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma have gotten off to a flying start. India would be pleased with this after being put in to bat. The left-hander is on 31 off 18 while the young right-hander is on 43 off 18. Will the leg-spinner Afy Fletcher be the one to provide the breakthrough for West Indies?
As was the case with the first ODI, the stream for the first T20I has been an issue and is now up after India have raced to 50/0 in 3.3 overs! Shafali Verma has got off to a rollicking start getting to 30 off just 13 with Smriti Mandhana at the other end on 17 off 9. We shall update India's playing XI soon...
Surprise first up! Anisa Mohammed has walked out for the toss for the West Indies instead of the regular captain Stafanie Taylor. Perhaps she hurting her knee in the final ODI might have something to do with it. Wonder if the hosts would mind this, as for starters, West Indies have won the toss and WILL BOWL FIRST. Team updates shall follow...
A warm welcome to all of you, from wherever you are joining us. We're glad to have you with us for our coverage of the first T20I. The ODIs began well for the hosts, who went 1-0 up only for the script to then pan out on the expected lines. Yes, India won it 2-1 but T20Is are a different ballgame. For starters, the tourists have a different leader. And then some different personnel as well. This is India's last bilateral series before the T20 World Cup early next year. Their aim would be to nail a couple of spots down, including the no.6 position. For West Indies, this is (possibly) their final assignment before the mega event. While the absence of Deandra Dottin would be a major factor, captain Stafanie Taylor's form and Hayley Matthews return, that promised a lot before being cut short by an unfortunate call in the final ODI, could mean that we have an interesting series in the offing. Hope you are set for the T20 ride with us, that will be on for five matches in this series. Toss and teams in a bit...
West Indies blown away by Shafali - Smriti storm
Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana’s 143-run stand for the opening wicket helped India beat West Indies by 84 runs and take an early lead in the five-match T20I series in the first T20I at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on Saturday (November 9). The rollicking start by the pair powered India to post an imposing 185 for four wickets after being put in to bat. 15-year-old Verma found gaps comfortably and clobbered the erring West Indies attack to help India reach 50 inside four overs. At the end of six overs, they had raced to 77 for…