Smriti Mandhana followed up her 90-run game in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup opener against England with an unbeaten 106 against the West Indies in India’s second game of the tournament, at Taunton on Wednesday.
Raj contributed 46 herself, putting on 108 for the third wicket with Mandhana, before missing out on an eighth consecutive fifty when she picked out mid-off, off the bowling of Hayley Matthews.
Mithali Raj’s side will head into the contest on a high after having beaten England in the tournament opener by a comprehensive 35-run margin. In their first encounter against the Aussies, the West Indies lost their last seven wickets for less than 60 runs. She hit 13 fours and two sixes, punishing anything short that was hurled her way.
“Anyone who plays cricket will tell you that you get better the more you play and the constraints that we have is that we didn’t play competitive cricket but at this present moment I’m not going to use that as an excuse”, Drakes said here Tuesday.
Where to watch live streaming of India vs West Indies match? West Indies never looked like reaching their target after losing two wickets in the first three overs, with pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar setting the visitors on the road to victory by dismissing Kieran Powell and Jason Mohammed for ducks. India’s tour to West Indies starts on June 23 and ends on July 9.
Apart from the trio, the other impressive performer was another left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht (1/23 in 10 overs).
West Indies’ bowler Jason Holder to captain team.
The Caribbean batters found it hard to hit leg-break bowler Poonam and the tight wicket to wicket bowling from Deepti and Ekta.