India maintained their perfect record in the Women’s Twenty20 International Tri-Series with a victory over the West Indies by a score of 56 runs. Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur both scored magnificent unbeaten half-centuries in the victory.
India got off to a strong start after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. They were able to score 167 for two in their allotted 20 overs. They then held the opposition to 111 for four, which allowed them to squeak out a victory for the second time in a row in the series.
Yastika Bhatia and Mandhana, the openers, put on 33 runs for the team until the former was run out by off-spinner Karishma Ramharack for 18. At that point, there was only one delivery left in the power play. Mandhana took up the batting duties.
Yastika made an attempt to hit a drive over the covers when Ramharack sent the ball up outside off, but she ended up playing away from her body instead.
The opener gave the wicketkeeper, Rashada Williams, an easy catch thanks to a small edge to the outside of the bat.
Harleen Deol was brought into the game as a replacement for her after she was run out, but her time at the crease was short-lived since she was caught in front by pacer Shanika Bruce as she attempted to flick the ball on the off-side.
Because of her early response to the length ball, the young middle-order batter was unable to complete the stroke, and the ball ended up hitting her on the front pad.
There were some stressful moments at 52 for two, but as soon as Mandhana and Harmanpreet joined up, boundaries flowed effortlessly.
Harmanpreet, who was back leading the side after missing the opening match of the tri-series purportedly due to illness, was on song as she hammered a 35-ball 51 that was studded with eight boundaries. Harmanpreet was on song as she smashed a 51-run total studded with eight boundaries.
After a poor performance with the bat in the first game of the series against South Africa, Mandhana was similarly combative in this game, scoring 74 runs off of only 51 deliveries. He and Kohli batted together for over 12 overs to help India reach a score that was competitive.
Even though the opposing team used seven bowlers to break the partnership, Mandhana was able to hit 10 boundaries and a six before she was run out for seven runs in the first match of the tri-series.
A goal score of 167 was always going to be a difficult one to reach, but the spinners for India, led by Radha Yadav, were able to slow down the scoring by allowing very few runs to be scored off of loose deliveries.
In her four overs, Radha, who is 22 years old, allowed only 10 runs to be scored while also claiming the wicket of Shemaine Campbelle, who scored 47 runs after 57 deliveries were bowled.
After Campbelle was run out while attempting to pull off a full toss but holing out to Amanjot Kaur at deep mid-wicket, the West Indies’ chances of winning the match were practically nonexistent. At that point, they were 96 for four with only 15 deliveries left to bowl. Campbelle’s dismissal was the final blow.
The team’s skipper, Hayley Matthews, as well as Afy Fletcher, were unable to get the runs flowing, and in the end, a target score of 167 was determined to be too high to pursue.