Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur lead India to win over West Indies

Smriti Mandhana scored 123 off 119. AFP

Smriti Mandhana scored 123 off 119. AFP

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur drove India to beat high-flying West Indies, giving them an extensive 155-run rout in Hamilton to move to the highest point of the 2022 World Cup points table, on Saturday.

With the refer to developing for the group’s as’ “seniors to move forward”, Mandhana (123 off 119) and Harmanpreet (109 off 107) put on act at the Seddon Park in a record 184-run represent the fourth-wicket – India’s best in World Cups – on the way their fifth and fourth ODI tons individually that moved India to 317/8 – likewise their best show in World Cups. West Indies put forth a valiant effort momentarily through a lively century stand from their openers, however Meghna Singh and Sneh Rana set off a breakdown of 6 for 34 leaving them at a final turning point in the tall pursue.

It was Yastika Bhatia however who drove the charge for India in the powerplay. In her subsequent World Cup game, the left-hander put behind the mistake of a scratchy 28 against New Zealand from a day prior to establish the vibe for India with about six fours in her brief yet engaging 21-ball stay worth 31. West Indies had been liberally short forthright and Bhatia had no second thoughts pulling it all away to the ropes. At the point when they bowled too full, those were driven away to the fence similarly also by India’s left-given opening pair after the group picked to bat first.

On one or the other side of India’s fifty, that came in the seventh over, were delicate excusals – Bhatia offering a return catch to Shakera Selman and Mithali Raj popping a main edge directly to midwicket. Subsequent to making 62/2 in the powerplay, India were headed to recuperation until Hayley Matthews pulled off a one-gave screamer behind the guardian to block Deepti Sharma’s slogsweep and loan India a third blow with hardly a pause in between.

A mindful Mandhana and Harmanpreet then, at that point, looked to revive their innings. Subsequent to moving gradually up to 125/3 by the midway imprint, the southpaw raised her bat for a 66-ball 50 years. The group’s 150 came up before the finish of the 28th over and the pair stepped on the gas pedal just after the beverages break. Mandhana pounded one straight down the ground off Selman for the first of her two sixes in the equivalent over where Harmanpreet contacted her fifteenth ODI 50 years with a limit off the last ball. The 13-run over was the first of numerous to come as death overs lingered.

Mandhana walked into her 90s with one more straight six to long off Aaliyah Allene prior to being offered a respite by her on 94. The century – her fifth in ODIs, second against West Indies and in World Cups – accompanied a brand name pull with the opener getting speed and taking 40 conveyances to it. She would not take the foot off the gas, hitting Matthews for a hattrick of sixes before at last pulling Connell to profound midwicket to stroll off to a stirring commendation.

Harmanpreet comparatively walked into her 90s in style – rebuffing Dottin with a trudge clear over profound midwicket for six and afterward pulling the gift full throw to the fence straightaway. Reprieved in her 20s, the India bad habit commander raised her run-a-ball century – additionally her second in World Cups after the epochal 171* last version – in the 47th over. Notwithstanding a whirlwind of wickets towards the end pursuing large runs, India gathered 148 in their last 18 to set West Indies an enormous test to keep up with their series of wins. That, notwithstanding, wasn’t intended to be, in spite of a flier of a beginning gave by the Dottin.

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Batting with a dodgy back, the veteran opener managed for the most part in limits – picking two each off Meghna and Jhulan Goswami to get rolling right off the bat. Matthews got up to speed instantly, pulling and driving easily as she dispatched three successive conveyances from Goswami in the fifth over prior to giving the strike to Dottin, who hit two more. Windies were 50-up before the finish of the fifth over, provoking Raj to change to turn from the two closures. There was little break however as Dottin dashed to a 35-ball fifty with transcending six over the top of the sign on defender. From 81 without misfortune at powerplay, West Indies went to 100 before the finish of the twelfth over.

The clinical break for Dottin purchased India time to reconsider and Rana took only two balls to have an effect. Dottin, after 10 fours and a six currently in her 46-ball 62, sent a thick top-edge to Meghna at short fine. Also, the center request just buckled from subsequently. Kycia Knight, who played out a lady before the beverages surrendered to that tension and pulled Meghna directly to Mandhana at fine leg. The medium-pacer then, at that point, observed the external edge of Stafanine Taylor’s bat with an outswinger.

West Indies kept on collapsing as Matthews (43) sent a thick edge through to the guardian next in her endeavor to address the plunge in scoring. Before long, Rajeshwari Gayakwad pouched a low shocker to send Shemaine Campbelle on her way, off Pooja Vastrakar, and afterward caught Chinelle Henry plumb LBW. Reeling at 140/6 at the midway imprint, just a wonder might have safeguarded West Indies.

In the midst of the parade, Chedean Nation was the main one to offer any obstruction in the center request with a somewhat steady 48-ball 19 while Goswami, with the excusal of Anisa Mohammed, went past Lyn Fullston’s count of 39 to now turn into the main wicket-taker in Women’s ODI World Cup history. Having brought down has New Zealand and reigning champs England in two close experiences to start their mission, West Indies collapsed for 162 soon after to miss the mark in their interest to remain unbeaten.

Brief score : India 317/8 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 123, Harmanpreet Kaur 109; Aninsa Mohammed 2-59) beat West Indies 162/10 in 40.3 overs (Deandra Dottin 62, Hayley Matthews 43; Sneh Rana 3-22, Meghna Singh 2-27) by 155 runs

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