West Indies Women’s Captain Stafanie Taylor expressed disappointment Thursday following her team’s second straight loss in the ICC Women’s World Cup, this time to India by seven wickets at Taunton.Chasing 184 for victory, Smriti Mandhana scored an unbeaten 106 to steer her team home with 45 balls to spare. It was the second time in as many matches that the West Indies Women have conceded an unbeaten century while trying to defend a substandard total.Australia’s Nicole Bolton scored an unbeaten 107 against the Caribbean women as Windies went down by eight wickets in their opening match on Monday.
Taylor, who was run out for 16 when the Caribbean side batted, said her team needs to do much better if they are to emerge from their current slump. “Disappointed after I thought we got a good platform and it’s the second time it’s happened,” she said noting the batters were not doing enough with the balls faced. Deandra Dottin, who made only seven, used up 48 balls during her stay at the crease.
India got off to a poor start losing opener Punam Raut for nought caught behind off the bowling of Shamilia Connell without a run on the board. Taylor bowled Deepti Sharma for 6 to make it 33 for 2 in the eighth over but Mandhana, the Player of the Match, and Captain Mithali Raj mounted a 108-run partnership in 26 overs to get the Indian team back on track.
In stark contrast to the struggles of the Windies batters Mandhana’s knock came off just 108 balls as India surged to their second straight victory. Raj was eventually dismissed by Hayley Matthews for 46 but by then India was fully in control.Earlier, Matthews scored 46, Shanel Daley 33, and Afy Fletcher 36 not out as the West Indies struggled to 183 for 8 off their allotment of 50 overs.
Leg spinner Poonam Yadav was best of the Indian bowlers with 2 for 19 off her 10 overs. There were also two wickets each for Deepti Sharma (2 for 27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2 for 42) who would have had much better figures had she not conceded 18 runs off the final over of the Windies innings.