Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

India vs West Indies 2017

India vs West Indies 2017

The India team which was surprisingly beaten in the finals of the World Cup in London on June 18 by Pakistan, arrived in the Caribbean on Tuesday, June 20 to play the West Indies a five-match limited-over series which started on June 23.

After India's spin attack overwhelmed the West Indies batsmen with flight and guile, Smriti Mandhana made short work of the 184-run chase with a 108-ball 106. The century - her 2nd in ODIs, came when she charged down the track to loft Stafanie Taylor inside out.

Opener Hayley Matthews was the top scorer with 43. The West Indies, on the other hand, lost by eight wickets to fancied Australia in their opening match. He gave only 9 runs in the 5 overs taking 2 wickets with maiden in the last match.

While game one ended in a washout courtesy of persistent rain after India had fired to 3/199, game two saw much more satisfaction for the touring Indians who banked a big 105-run win in Port-Of-Spain having batted first and set a solid total of 5/310 courtesy of 103 from Ajinkya Rahane, 87 from skipper Virat Kohli and 63 from Shikhar Dhawan and the tourists will be keen to extend to an unbeatable 2-0 series lead at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. Fittingly, she finished the match with her 13th boundary to get a deserving second "Player of the Match" award.

Read Also Mithali credits openers, spinners for England win The Indians would expect a repeat show if not better against the Caribbean team, who will be desperate to register their first win in the tournament.

Rahane smashed his third ODI hundred, while Kohli and Dhawan notched up fluent half centuries, as India produced a dominating batting display to pile on 310/5.

The West Indies have set a brilliant record in scoring runs and are consistently improving their rankings in ODIs, but are prone to sudden batting collapses. India is now ranking third in the ICC ODI rankings while the West Indies team is ranking ninth on the table.

Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey picked up five wickets between them as England were bowled out for 246.

While the middle order failed to provide any resistance to the slower bowlers, Shanel Daley (33) and Afy Fletcher (36 not out) chipped in with a 30-run partnership for the seventh wicket - the highest for the West Indies women.

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