So! 1-1 with a game to go. A series can't be more competitive that this. Apart from the series win, there are two Championship points at stake. The final ODI is a day affair unlike the first two matches. Thus, teams will have to adjust accordingly. We hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did in getting it to you. See you on November 6 for the final ODI! Till then, take care! Adios!!!
Player of the Match
Punam Raut: It was an important game for us and the wicket wasn’t easy to bat on. We took a bit of time and then it got a bit better. We knew batting would be tougher in the second innings as the wicket was to get slower. This game was very important for us to be in the series. We just stayed on the wicket and I’m happy to score runs for the team.
Mithali Raj: Today though the wicket was challenging to bat on, we tried to post as much as we can. It would have been great to cross 200. The spinners have done well for us, with the track assisting them. Overall a good performance as two poinst are very crucial.If you have wickets in hand we can always make up at the end. Getting their main wickets early put a lot of pressure on them. We’ll be fighting for the two points (in the third ODI).
Stafanie Taylor: I felt that it was a good total. We started off fairly decently with the bat but somehow couldn’t push later. Natasha McLean was going well and with the power she possesses, it was a setback for us that she couldn’t come back again to bat. The support from the fielders was excellent. The bowlers were really good. (Aaliyah) Alleyne was tremendous and a big well done to her (for picking up two wickets).
India have shown good character to come back from a close loss to level the series 1-1. For West Indies, it seems their good day was restricted to the first ODI. I could well be wrong. Both sides head to the final ODI with all to play for, along with the Championship points. For now, let's see what the captains have to say...
All through the first innings, we were talking about how slow Punam Raut was batting. In the end, her 77 at a strike rate of around 60 proved to be more than useful. India perhaps quickly adjusted the score they needed to be in order to be safe and that's precisely what happened, despite them losing wickets early. The pitch got slower as the game progressed and contrary to popular notion, batting wasn't easier under lights. If West Indies' bowlers were good, India's were better. Hardly can teams survive the tourists' spinners in favourable conditions.
It was a track tailor-made for Indian spinners. And boy, the spinners made merry! Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked up two wickets each giving hardly anything away. Shemaine Campbelle resisted for quite some time. But once she was dismissed for a 90-ball 39, it was always about 'when' than 'if' West Indies would be bundled out. This match stressed how heavily-reliant the home side is on captain Stafanie Taylor's contribution with the bat. Once she departed, the team lost the last eight wickets for just 60 runs - they had lost 6/27 in the middle.
WI 138 all out in 47.2 overs.
Aaliyah Allyne hits one straight to Mithali Raj at mid-off off Jhulan Goswami. Natasha McLean won't be coming out to bat, which means that's that. INDIA WIN BY 53 RUNS TO LEVEL THE SERIES 1-1!
WI 121/7 in 40 overs, need 71 in 60 balls.
After Shabika Gajnabi's run out, Afy Fletcher and Aaliyah Alleyne have managed to bring the match into the last ten overs. The former is on 12 off 11 while the latter is on 4 off 18 balls. India are managing to squeeze in some quiet overs. Expect more overs of spin in the final 10 overs.
Last challenger falls?
WI 100/6 in 33.2 overs.
Shemaine Campbelle falls for 39 runs off 90 balls and with that, West Indies' hopes fade a great deal. She tries to go back and cut a Rajeshwari Gayakwad delivery. But the ball came a tad slower and spun a bit. All she manages to do it spoon a catch towards point. Punam Raut at backward point moves to her right and takes it.
WI 99/5 in 32 overs, need 93 in 108 balls.
Another successful over for India as Rajeshwari Gayakwad gets Sheneta Grimmond stumped for a golden duck. Grimmond stretched to defend but the ball turned and beat her outside edge. Taniya Bhatia whipped the bails off and asked the question. The umpire gave his consent. However, replays weren't conclusive enough to show if it was the right call indeed. But given that earlier in the innings, at least a couple of stumping calls went against India, they would well take it. Suddenly, West Indies are looking an altogether different side than the one that turned up in the first ODI.
WI 96/4 in 31 overs.
Deepti Sharma gets among the wickets now. Lands one around off that spins away a touch after landing. Looking at the shortish length, Kyshona Knight goes back to cut. Due to the extra bounce generated by Deepti, all Knight manages is a tame edge, well pouched by Taniya Bhatia. So a West Indies procession after Stafanie Taylor's fall...
WI 90/3 in 28.5 overs, need 102 in 127 balls.
Chedean Nation departs for six, courtesy the Poonam Yadav-Deepti Sharma combo. Poonam looped it up outside off, Nation went back to hammer it through the off side. Perhaps she was undone by the away spin. She ended up hitting it aerially towards Deepti at covers, who got very low and snaffled it inches off the ground.
Taylor packed off
WI 78/2 in 25 overs.
Stafanie Taylor had added 45 runs with Shemaine Campbelle. India's sloppy fielding had allowed the duo to play without much concern. But the spinners had kept them on a leash and eventually, Poonam Yadav breaks through. Stafanie Taylor gets down to play another sweep - one that got her much of those 20 runs as well as quite a few in the first ODI. But she misses and gets trapped in front. India would now breathe easier...
WI 33/1 in 14.3 overs.
Natasha McLean is down, having badly injured her hamstring. She responded to a quick single called by Shemaine Campbelle and, though made it in, she pulled up horribly at the end of the run and fell down. Jhulan Goswami did help her stretch her leg before the physio arrived. After some examination, he called for the stretcher to be brought on to the field. Not a good sign this. Never looks good when someone has to be stretchered out of a cricket field. Hopefully she will be good to bat later, if needed.
WI 31/1 in 14 overs.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad has bowled back to back maidens. She has spun a web around Natasha McLean who seemed to have no clue how the ball is going to behave. She got beaten on the outside edge three times in a row in Gayakwad's second over. Between those two overs, Poonam Yadav delivered a two-run over. But then, she came to the party as well, bowling a maiden to Shemaine Campbelle. There was a bit of luck going Campbelle's way as she seemed to have been stumped by Taniya Bhatia but the umpire not budging.
WI 29/1 in 10 overs, need 163 runs in 40 overs.
West Indies have been steady in their chase of 192 runs. There were numerous plays and misses by Natasha McLean as well as Shemaine Campbelle. Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey were persevering with their lines and lengths, making life tough for the batters. Only Stacy-Ann King's wicket fell in the first 10 overs. At this stage, India were 17/1.
Pandey (gets) the King!
WI 10/1 in 3.4 overs, need 182 in 278 balls.
Shikha Pandey has making the ball talk, getting it to move both ways ever so slightly. Stacy-Ann King's stay in the middle wasn't a comfortable one by any means. She got beaten by the one that went away earlier in the over. Pandey then gets one to nip back in from a length. King was neither back nor ahead and ended up leaving a gap between bat and pad, enough for the ball to sneak in and uproot the middle stick. Early strike for India then.
Living a King's life!
WI 9/0 in 3 overs.
The last ball of the second over was full from Shikha Pandey, not a half-volley. Stacy-Ann King looked to drive on the up and hit it straight to Punam Raut at covers, who couldn't hold on. A hint of movement on that delivery and hence perhaps King didn't time it well. A bit about Raut's technique will be discussed as she tried taking it reverse-cupped. She was on three then.
In the next over by Jhulan Goswami, King was squared up and got a thick outside edge, again on 3. But the ball evaded a diving Taniya Bhatia, the wicketkeeper, and Deepti Sharma at first slip for a couple of runs.
West Indies' bowlers were right on the money from the word go. Stafanie Taylor did mention at the toss that she would have bowled first, had she called it correctly. Perhaps she read the conditions well and her bowlers delivered. Shabika Gajnabi began from where she signed off in the last game. Newbie Aaliyah Alleyne has some good scalps to show in her resume. The spinners Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher and Taylor used the assistance available from the service to stifle the run flow in the middle. Their bowling efforts covered up for their fielding lapses, restricting India to a total the hosts can be confident of overhauling.
Can West Indies seal the series tonight?
The toss was the only thing that seems to have gone India's way in the first half of the match. Nothing post that was what they would have liked. Their openers failed to give them a good start, the middle order couldn't accelerate much. Punam Raut has the runs to show, but the balls she ended up consuming could come back to haunt India. Around her, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur played fluent knocks but were consumed by the increased pressure. In the end, India have perhaps gotten close to 30-odd runs less.
192 to win!
IND 191/6 in 50 overs.
Only five runs came of the final over of the innings, at the cost of Deepti Sharma's wicket. Deepti charged down to Afy Fletcher but completely missed the googly to be stumped. Wonder if this is sufficient for them...
Do you want a partner?
IND 178/5 in 47.4 overs.
Punam Raut follows her partner Kaur back to the pavillion. She tries to slog sweep Afy Fletcher but only gets a top edge. Aaliyah Alleyne runs to her right from mid-wicket and takes it safely. Raut goes for 77 off 128 balls. Has she done enough or is it caused damage for India?
Kaur cleaned up
IND 176/4 in 46.4 overs.
No fifty for Harmanpreet Kaur! She has been cleaned up by Aaliyah Alleyne. Kaur looked to make room and go big over mid-on but ended up being cramped for room. Eventually the ball slipped under the bat and knocked her leg stump out. Delight for Alleyne, disappointment for Kaur. She walks back for 46. That ends the 93-run partnership between her and Punam Raut.
Time for the final assault...
IND in 163/3 45 overs.
Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur have added 80 together so far. The duo has managed to score 37 runs in the previous five overs. With the final five overs left, we can expect them to go berserk. Raut is currently on 66 (119) while Kaur is on 44 (49).
IND 123/3 in 39 overs.
Punam Raut gets to her 13th half century in ODIs, her third against West Indies. She hasn't been at her very best, beginning very slowly, but, importantly, has stayed through testing times. She saw off the phase where she struggled against Afy Fletcher and Anisa Mohammed and now is batting on 50 off 101. After being dropped off the previous ball, she reverse sweeps this one to get to her milestone. How many more can she get? Will she change gears now?
Big fish netted!
IND 83/3 in 28.5 overs.
India would have perhaps thought of targetting Sheneta Grimmond's off-spin. But she is the one to have broken the 67-run stand between Mithali Raj and Punam Raut. She tossed one up around off and middle. Raj looks to work it around the corner but ends up getting a leading edge straight to Afy Fletcher at mid-wicket. Big wicket to lose for the tourists, given the stature of the captain. She goes for 40 off 67 balls. Is this the break that West Indies needed to make inroads?
Spin batting lessons
IND 60/2 in 23 overs.
It is always a joy to watch Mithali Raj. Against spinner, her silken footwork is still better than most of the youngsters playing the sport. One tossed up ball from Afy Fletcher, the leg-spinner was nicely driven inside out by her through the gap between covers and midd-off. Then she used her feet against Anisa Mohammed's off-spin and hit it over her head for another four. Contrastingly, Punam Raut has just found it tough to get a move on against spin. A couple of her outside edges fell short of slip as well. Perhaps she could take a leaf out of her partner's book. Figure this: Raj is on 30 off 47, while Raut is on 18 off 56.
IND 38/2 in 15 overs.
21 runs have come off the last five overs, including a maiden over. Mithali Raj has hit a couple of fours in the phase. She is currently on 15 off 23 balls while Punam Raut is on 12 off 32 balls.
First boundary for India
IND 23/2 in 10.3 overs.
Mithali Raj creams one through the gap between mid-off and covers off Shabika Gajnabi to bring the first four of the innings. It was all about timing, that. Beautiful.
Gajnabi's dream run continues!
IND 17/2 in 9 overs.
Shabika Gajnabi's honeymoon phase in the current series against India continues. After turning around the first match in West Indies' favour, here she is, snapping up Priya Punia in her very first over. She lands it on a length outside off, Punia looks to punch it off the back foot. But the ball bounced a touch and seamed just a tad away. That was enough for the ball to grab the outside edge. Shemaine Campbelle behind the wickets does no mistake. Punia walks back dejected with a 5(28) against her name.
IND 5/1 in 2.4 overs.
West Indies strike early and it is an early departure for Jemimah Rodrigues. Maiden ODI wicket for Aaliyah Alleyne. Rodrigues looks to drive it on the up but miscues it horribly. The ball goes towards mid-off, where captain Stafanie Taylor makes no mistake. Perfect start for the hosts, not so for Rodrigues, who goes for a seven-ball duck.
It’s a new day. We were looking to bowl first. Feel that there might be something on the pitch. It was a very exciting game (the first ODI) and we are hoping it will be like Friday.
Mithali Raj (IND)
It’s a good wicket to bat on and might slow down in the second innings. We would like to put up a big score on the board. We have made only one change – Ekta Bisht comes in for Gayakwad. We are hoping to put up a better performance.
Mithali Raj calls it right and India will bat first. Looks like the tourists are confident of hunting the target down, after failing to do so in the first match.
Hello and welcome, wherever you are! It's time for the second ODI between West Indies and India to get underway. The hosts are one-nil up and the tourists have to pull up their socks rather quickly. Remember, it's just a three-match series, so time's a little less in that sense. In the broader perspective, there are Championship points up for grab. Let's hope for a good game. And I, meanwhile, hope that the stream is good (unlike the first ODI) for us to have a little bit of fun and bring to you that element. ;)
We'll get you the toss and teams in a bit...
Turn churns West Indies as India level the series
Spin to win was India’s mantra as they successfully defended what seemed a below-par total. Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad all contributed with the ball after Punam Raut struck a half century to help India beat West Indies by 53 runs in the second ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday (November 3) to level the series 1-1. Two partnerships. That’s what India’s score of 191 for 6 was based on. First a 66-run stand between captain Mithali Raj and Raut brought them on track. And then, Raut was joined by Harmanpreet Kaur – the…