India defeated hosts and defending champions, West Indies by five wickets, by the Duckworth-Lewis method, in their first warm-up match.
West Indies batted first and posted 115-8 on the board. Captain for the day, Hayley Matthews top-scored with a 41 of 37 deliveries. Shemaine Campbelle (22 off 28) and Natasha McLean (18 off 17) were the only other batters to reach double figures. The Indian bowlers made regular breakthroughs as Windies collapsed from 84-3 to 115-8.
Spin did the trick for India, taking five of the wickets. Radha Yadav finished with figures of 2-13, while Poonam Yadav also took two wickets, costing just 17 runs. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur chipped in with a wicket as well, with Arundhati Reddy bagging two scalps of her own which costed her 35 runs. Pooja Vastrakar got injured bowling her second over.
Chasing, West Indies got off to a good start. They dismissed Mithali Raj for a duck, before sending Jemimah Rodrigues back to the dugout for just one run. Taniya Bhatia’s wicket soon followed as India was reduced to 24-3. Smriti Mandhana anchored the innings, top-scoring with 32 off 20 balls. Her 26-run partnership with skipper Kaur (18 off 25) brought India back in the game. It also ensured that by the 12th over, India was ahead of the required Duckworth-Lewis par score. They win by five wickets, by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Deandra Dottin starred with the ball for her side. She took three wickets, for just 12 runs. Of the two other wickets to fall, one was taken by Shamilia Connell, while the other was claimed by Afy Fletcher.
There were some positive performances by both sides but, both sides suffered collapses in their batting. That is something both sides need to look into and sort out, before the Women’s World Twenty-20.
- The Indian bowlers seem to have adjusted well to the unfamiliar conditions of the Caribbean. The batters probably need just a little more time to settle in and adapt, which is exactly the purpose of warm-up matches.