Rangiora (New Zealand): India will enter the ICC Ladies’s World Cup with their tails up after opener Smriti Mandhana’s 67-ball 66 and the bowlers’ disciplined present powered them to an 81-run win over the West Indies of their closing warm-up sport right here on Tuesday.
Saved beneath remark after taking a blow to her head through the workforce’s first observe match in opposition to South Africa on Sunday, the elegant Mandhana was in her factor inside two days from the harm, laying the muse for India’s difficult whole of 258 all out within the allotted 50 overs.
In reply, the West Indies had been stopped at 177/9 on the Rangiora Oval.
India, who will face arch-rivals Pakistan of their opener on Sunday, had overwhelmed South Africa by two runs of their first warm-up sport.
Opting to bat, 2017 version finalists had been off to a poor begin as Shafali Verma was bowled by Chinelle Henry for a duck.
Deepti Sharma joined Mandhana within the center and the 2 went about rebuilding the innings with a partnership that was damaged after the 2 skilled campaigners had added 117 runs for the second wicket whereas sustaining a scoring charge of just about six.
The in-from Mandhana hit seven fours in her knock earlier than being dismissed by Cherry-Ann Fraser off her personal bowling.
Mandhana’s high-quality effort got here barely two days after she was identified with a gentle mushy tissue harm to her left earlobe which prompted discomfort whereas batting in opposition to the South Africans, forcing her to go away the sphere retired harm.
Deepti made 51 off 64 balls, accumulating most of her runs in singles and two. She hit only one boundary throughout her keep within the center.
When Deepti was despatched again by Fraser, India had been 142/3 within the twenty seventh over.
Skipper Mithali Raj contributed 30 off 42 balls with the assistance of 4 boundaries, whereas Yastika Bhatia chipped in with an helpful 42 in 53 deliveries. Bhatia discovered the fence 5 instances.
The West Indies innings obtained off to a disastrous begin as they misplaced 4 wickets with solely 53 runs on the board, together with captain Stefanie Taylor for simply eight runs.
Wicketkeeper Shemaine Campbelle top-scored for the Windies with a 63 off 81 balls, whereas Hayley Matthews made 44 off 61 deliveries.
Nonetheless, the others did not make substantial contributions because the West Indies fell quick by a giant margin.
Pooja Vastrakar was probably the most profitable Indian bowler, returning figures of three/21 in seven overs, whereas there have been two wickets apiece for Meghna Singh and Deepti.
The veteran Jhulan Goswami (0/14 in 8 overs), too, bowled exceptionally effectively.
Temporary scores: India 258 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 66, Deepti Sharma 51) bt West Indies 177/9 in 50 overs (Shemaine Campbelle 63, Hayley Matthews 44; Pooja Vastrakar 3/21).