Player of the Series:It was good to be at the forefront scoring some runs. I struggled a bit in the previous series, but it's good to be back. I couldn't sleep after the first ODI when I didn't get the 100. Seeing it on social media made it worse! Today I just said to myself that I have to keep pushing. I knew the partnership with Hayley was a crucial one, so I wanted to stick it out.
Player of the Match: I really wanted to come back and score some runs for the team. The foot is recovering well, so I am happy. I have always loved opening the batting with Jemimah. We have a really good bond. Though she's a bit serious, it's lots of fun.
Getting wickets at the start helped us restrict West Indies, but it was the opening pair that laid the foundation to such an emphatic win. They took all the pressure off all the batters. Smriti is an exceptional batter. We are happy we were able to seal important points from the series.
It wasn't a bad day, but we were hoping to be on the winning team. Hayley looked really good out there. Stacy and I had a good partnership, but it wasn't enough to get us over the 200-run mark. The wicket was slow, so I just kept telling the batters that we needed to hang in there and rotate the strike. With Mandhana coming back, India looked a lot stronger. She looked like she had been here from the very beginning. We can be better, but I am happy with the way we played.
Series win for India
Putting the nightmare of the first ODI behind them, India have sealed two convincing wins in the second and third games. While there were a couple of speed bumps along the way, the visitors made sure to get over the line and take four crucial points from the series. India will be relieved that both Rodrigues and Mandhana are back to their run-making ways. Ominous signs for West Indies going into the T20I series. The bowling has been consistent as always. The spinners leading the way, with the pace duo of Pandey and Goswami pulling their weight as well.
Over the line
After a couple of hiccups and a few quiet overs, Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma finally get India over the line in the 43rd over. Deepti edges a delivery from Matthews past the lone slip for a boundary. India win by six wickets!
Hayley Matthews is enjoying her comeback. She gets her third wicket of the day as Raut bunts a full toss straight back to her. Strange shot from the right-hander. It was almost like she wasn't sure what to do with the ball - surprised to get a full toss! Raut goes for 24. IND 190/4 in 40.1 overs.
Mithali Raj perishes trying to loft Afy Fletcher over mid-on. She doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, and only manages to sky it straight to mid-on. Uncharacteristic shot from the skipper. Up until that point she was content with singles, suddenly chose to expand her range... Maybe it was the glory shot? IND 190/3 in 39.3 overs. Raut 24, Kaur 0.
India are well in control of the chase here. Punam Raut and Mithali Raj are simply milking the spinners - stepping out to take them down the ground to long on and long off for ones. IND 174/2 in 36 overs. Mithali 10, Raut 19.
Tying them down
After sending the openers back to the hut, West Indies suddenly look up and about. They're bowling in good areas, cutting off the singles and much more vocal in the field. They're trying to put pressure on the Indians. Fletcher bowling a teasing line - hanging the ball outside off stump. IND 155/2 in 31 overs. Mithali 2, Raut 7.
Matthews gets Mandhana
One brings two! This time Smriti Mandhana falls prey to Matthews. She chips a full delivery straight to extra cover. Has to walk back for a rapid 74 off 62 balls. IND 150/2 in 27.2 overs. Mithali 0, Raut 4.
Hayley Matthews gets the first breakthrough for West Indies - it's what they were desperately searching for. She deceives Jemimah Rodrigues in the air and Shemaine Campbelle completes a simple stumping. The right-hader goes for a 92-ball 69. She looked on cruise control until that moment. A little complacent, perhaps? IND 141/1 in 25.1 overs. Mandhana 69, Raut 0.
Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues absolutely love batting together. This is their 3rd century stand in 10 innings.
Smriti Mandhana & Jemimah Rodrigues ODI opening partnerships:
100* (and counting)
You're generally in trouble if they reach can reach 3/0.#IWC#WIvIND
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Welcome back, Smriti!
After a horrendous T20I series against South Africa, Smriti Mandhana is back to her usual run-scoring ways with a wonderful half-century. This is the 17th of her ODI career, and it's come off 49 balls. Fittingly, she brings it up with her third six of the innings. She played second fiddle to Rodrigues for a large part of the innings and stepped it up in the last few overs. Wonderful knock from the left-hander.
Smriti Mandhana takes Afy Fletcher for back to back sixes in the 18th overs. She dances down the track to lift her first straight and then over long-off off consecutive deliveries. She's had enough of the nudging and nurdling it seems. Down to business for the left-hander! IND 90/0 in 18 overs. Rodrigues 50, Mandhana 41.
Rodrigues running away with it!
Jemimah Rodrigues brings up her third ODI half-century off 69 balls. She's set the tone for the chase, allowed Mandhana to settle in at the other end. She took her time, but definitely looks determined to bat deep. She hasn't given West Indies a sniff. Wonderful footwork as usual.
West Indies are searching for a wicket here. The Indian openers look extremely comfortable in the middle now. Taylor has thrown the ball to her two most experienced spinners. Fletcher getting some turn. IND 68/0 in 15 overs. Rodrigues 41, Mandhana 25.
Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana back at the top of the order and they manage a fifty-run stand. A crucial match for India and the pair step up. They've been brilliant so far. IND 51/0 in 10 overs. Rordigues 28, Mandhana 22.
Picking the gaps
Jemimah Rodrigues is picking the gap on the off-side with such ease. Getting in line of the ball, making sure to stay on top of the bounce, pushing strongly off the back foot and running hard between the wickets. She hasn't yet found the boundary, but these are dangerous signs for the hosts. She looks very comfortable today. IND 13/0 in 4 overs. Rodrigues 11, Mandhana 2.
Keeping them quiet
Stacy-Ann King and Aaliyah Alleyne have started well with the ball. Hitting hard lengths and making sure Rodrigues and Mandhana aren't allowed to drive powerfully off the front foot. IND 3/0 in 2 overs.
All eyes on Mandhana
Making a comeback today, all eyes will be on Smriti Mandhana. Can she give India a brisk start today? How much pressure will that take off Jemimah Rodrigues at the other end? India will need the pair to fire if they are to get ahead of the game early.
Stafanie Taylor's wonderful knock of 79 off 112 runs has taken West Indies to a defendable total of 194. For India, the bowlers did a fantastic job. They kept the hosts quiet for a large part of the innings. Towards the end though, they looked to be happy to sit back and wait for the batters to make a mistake - allowed West Indies back into the match. The pitch looks the best that this series has had to offer so far - the ball is coming on nicely and the batters look comfortable. The ball is in India's court, but can West Indies pull off another surprise?
Anisa Mohammed run out off the final ball of the innings trying to steal a second run. Gayakwad collects the throw from the deep and quickly passes it on to Taniya Bhatia. Mohammed caught well short. West Indies all out for 194. Stafanie Taylor led the way with a brilliant 79. She's given her team something to bowl at.
Three in the over!
Stacy-Ann King's innings comes to an end. She is castled by a slower delivery from Jhulan Goswami. A couple of balls later, Goswami turns back the clock and runs Gajnabi out at the non-strikers end. A quick pick-up, turn around and throw from the veteran. Very next ball, Aaliyah Alleyne is bowled for 2 - another wild slog. WI 190/9 in 49 overs.
Poonam Yadav gets the big wicket of Stafanie Taylor who was trying to step on the gas. The right hander makes room, clears her front leg slightly and tries to smash a full delivery over the bowler's head. Not enough elevation and she only drills it straight back to Poonam who takes a good catch. Taylor goes for 79 off 112 balls. Wonderful innings from the skipper. She's led from the front here. Taken West Indies to the bring of a competitive total. That brings to end a record 6th wicket stand for West Indies - 96 runs between King and Taylor. WI 180/6 in 47.4 overs. Alleyne 0, King 34.
Cue the explosion!
Taylor gets down on one knee and absolutely bludgeons a length delivery from Rajeshwari Gayakwad over the long-on boundary. She's made her intentions clear. West Indies have collected 12 off the 46th over. WI 173/5 in 46. Taylor 75, King 31.
Stafanie Taylor has really stepped up today. She takes Harmanpreet Kaur for a boundary over cover - beautifully struck. She's walking with a swagger now. Looks like she's in the mood to explode. WI 161/5 in 45 overs. Taylor 65, King 30.
Stafanie Taylor and Stacy-Ann King have brought up their 50-run partnership. The latter brings it up with a huge six off Poonam Yadav over square leg. This partnership has given West Indies some momentum. WI 140/5 in 43 overs. Taylor 51, King 26.
36th ODI fifty for Stafanie Taylor. It's been a captain's knock from the right-hander. She's shifted gears beautifully - played herself in at the start, saw off the spinners, started to rotate the strike and is now finding the boundary. She's brought up the landmark in 95 deliveries. Absolutely brilliant!
Poor day for Pandey
Shikha Pandey is not having a good day today. West Indies have attacked her from the start. First it was Hayley Matthews, and now Stafanie Taylor and Stace-Ann King. The fast bowler has gone for 42 runs in 7 overs.
King into the act now. She take Goswami for a boundary off her hips, before smashing a straight drive that crashes into Taylor at the non-striker's end. Looks like West Indies are changing gears. Runs are beginning to flow. India seem to have taken a backward step - field spread, and they are happy to sit on the game it seems. WI 114/5 in 39 overs. Taylor 40, King 13.
Stafanie Taylor is finding her range now. She flicks a straight delivery off Jhulan Goswami over square leg with disdain. Six runs off the first over of the batting power play for West Indies. They are starting to get a move on. The skipper needs to take it deep. WI 98/5 in 36 overs. Taylor 35, King 3.
Kyshona Knight departs looking to sweep a wide delivery from Poonam Yadav. She only manages a top edge that lands safely in the hands of Deepti Sharma at short square leg. Soft dismissal. Poor shot selection. India well and truly in the drivers' seat. WI 84/5 in 33 overs. Taylor 24, King 0.
Calm before the storm?
Stafanie Taylor has been very quiet so far. Looking for singles, hitting the ball along the ground and simply trying to get off strike. She's crawled to 23 off 63. At the other end, Knight is keeping her company with 16 off 43. If this pair bats for a little longer West Indies will be happy. This is just what the skipper did in the first ODI. Take it deep and explode! Is she following the same blue print? WI 83/4 in 32 overs.
Deepti Sharma bowling lovely lines - she's hanging the ball outside the off-stump inviting the batters to have a go. West Indies can't seem to buy a run off her. She's bowled 7 overs for just 14 runs. Incredible from the off-spinner. WI 77/4 in 30 overs. Taylor 22, Knight 11.
West Indies are moving at a snail's pace here. India have the upper hand here. The spinners have well and truly put the visitors on top. The batters have struggled to rotate the strike. Finding the fielders consistently. Knight is using the sweep as her default option, while Taylor is jumping on the back foot. India squeezing. WI 69/4 in 26 overs. Taylor 18, Knight 7.
Deepti Sharma is getting the ball to turn square. Left-hander Kyshona Knight is feeling for the ball - she looks all at sea. India attacking with a slip and four in the ring on the off-side. Good captaincy from Mithali Raj - no better captain for the spinners in international cricket. WI 54/4 in 20 overs.
Deepti Sharma with the golden arm. She comes into the attack and gets Chedean Nation to pop an easy catch straight back to her. Very soft dismissal. Nation is dragging herself off the field - she'll be very disappointed with that shot. Kyshona Knight will need to stick with Stafanie Taylor. Important partnership for the hosts. WI 50/4 in 17.4 overs. Taylor 7, Knight 0.
Meanwhile, India have continued to apply the spin choke. Gayakwad and Poonam Yadav tossing the ball up and forcing the batters to create the pace. WI 45/3 in 16 overs. Taylor 3, Nation 5.
Third umpire please!
Matthews will be livid with the decision. Bhatia knocked over the stumps before she collected the ball, but was ruled out.
Unluckily caught short
Some sharp work from Poonam Yadav are short third man sees Hayley Matthews short of her crease. Stafanie Taylor plays a late cut and calls for a run. Matthews, slightly on her haunches, takes off late. From the side it looks like Bhatia hit the stumps with her gloves rather than the ball. UNLUCKY! One of many reasons why there should be a third umpire. Unfortunate way to go - Matthews was looking dangerous. She won't be happy!
Stafanie Taylor plays a powerful sweep shot off Poonam Yadav, and halfway through the run she limps to the end. She's down and the physio is out. She looks in great pain, but forces herself up. She takes a pain killer and it looks like she's going to carry on. The West Indies captain knows she has a huge task at hand - doesn't want to leave it to anyone else. What a fighter!
Spin introduced in the 10th over, and Shemaine Campbelle immediately pulls out the sweep shot. Rajeshwari Gayakwad slows up the pace and throws it wider. The right-hander takes the bait, tries to go over the in-field and only manages to sky it straight to Mithali Raj who takes a good catch at mid-off. WI 33/2 in 9.4 overs. Matthews 22, Taylor 0.
From rags to riches!
Four overs into her spell Jhulan Goswami has conceded only two runs. This is incredible from the veteran. She hasn't put a foot wrong this morning - on the mark from the very start. At the other end, Matthews is advancing down the pitch to Pandey and takes her straight down the ground off consecutive deliveries. She's tonked those deliveries with disdain. West Indies finally getting a move on - 16 runs off the eighth over. WI 25/1 in 8 overs. Matthews 21, Campbelle 1.
McLean's struggle finally ends. Shikha Pandey with the strike. McLean tries to flick a length ball to square-leg. She's early in to the shot and get s leading edge that is easily pouched by Rajeshwari Gayakwad at point. McLean gone for 3 off 15 balls. WI 8/1 in 5.3 overs. Matthews 5, Campbelle 0.
Matthews is trying to break the shackles. She's starting to move around the crease in an attempt to put Pandey off her length. The Indian successfully pulls her length back, but over pitches off the penultimate ball and Matthews brilliantly caresses it straight down the ground. Poonam Yadav has no chance at mid-on. Meanwhile, McLean is still struggling at the other end. She's finally off the mark off her 12th delivery. WI 6/0 in 5 overs. Matthews 5, McLean 1.
The 16th ball of the match brings the first run for West Indies. Matthews taps one town to mid-on and takes off for a run. Mandhana caught on her haunches. WI 1/0 in 3 overs. Matthews 1, McLean 0.
Shikha Pandey begins where she left off in the previous match. Her very first delivery strikes Natasha McLean on the pad. Big shout for LBW. Maybe a tad high? Perfect lengths from the inswinger. Fourth ball a little fuller and McLean struck on the pad again. This one was closer, but Jacqueline Williams turns it out. Very luck, McLean! Another maiden for India. WI 0/0 in 2 overs. Matthews 0, McLean 0.
On the mark
Jhulan Goswami starts with a maiden. Matthews looks to be hitting the ball well. Good stride in and confident shots, but she finds the fielder on every occasion. Good areas from Goswami. No lateral movement though.
The first day game in Antigua and the conditions are slightly overcast. Word is that there has been rain on and off over the last couple of days, which means there will be some juice in the wicket. The team that wins the toss bowls first?
Mandhana, Rodrigues guide India to ODI series win against Windies
An incredible 141-run stand between Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues set up India’s six-wicket win against West Indies in the final game of the three-match ODI series, at North Sound on Wednesday (November 6). They thus secured the series 2-1, also taking four ICC Women’s Championship points from the ODIs, taking their tally to 20. Rodrigues and Mandhana, who missed the first two ODIs nursing her injury, gave India a perfect start while chasing a moderate total of 195. During the phenomenal opening partnership – their third century stand so far – the duo registered their respective fifties. Hayley Matthews got the big breakthrough as Rodrigues…