Women’s World Cup: Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, bowlers star as India thrash West Indies
Women’s World Cup: India defeated West Indies by 155 runs in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday, with hundreds from Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur and a strong bowling performance.
This is the West Indies’ first loss in the World Cup. Smriti Mandhana batted first and hit 123 from 119 balls, then Harmanpreet Singh hammered 109 from just 107 deliveries to lead Women in Blue to a mammoth total of 317/8. The Indian team’s greatest score in the World Cup is 317 points. West Indies got off to a flying start in pursuit of the 318-run total, as their openers amassed 100 runs in 12 overs. WI looked to chase the mammoth of a target with ease as Deandra Dottin completed his half-century on the first power play. However, Dottin soon faced a back issue which forced a lengthy break.
Sneh Rana handed India their first breakthrough after the resumption, when Dottin stepped back with a stunning 62 from 46 deliveries.
Dottin’s dismissal sparked a middle-order collapse for the Windies. With Kycia Knight being dismissed by Meghna Singh in the 16th over. Meghna Singh and Sneh Rana struck again in the 18th and 19th overs, respectively, to eliminate Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews.
Pooja Vastrakarsoon joined the party in the 23rd over, taking the wicket of Shemaine Campbelle. Rajeshwari Gayakwad then trapped Chinelle Henry for LBW in the next over.
India continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals, and West Indies reduced to 162/10 in 40.3 overs. In the 36th over, Jhulan Goswami took his record-breaking wicket, while Sneh finished the day with three wickets.
Earlier in Hamilton, opener Yastika Bhatia helped India get off to a quick start by choosing to bat first. Before departing, Bhatia hammered 31 off just 21 deliveries. India reduced to 58/2 in the 10th over after Indian skipper Mithali Raj (5) holed out. Deepti Sharma was subsequently dismissed in the 14th over by Anisa Mohammed.
Smriti and Harmanpreet then started a counter charge to assist India surpass the 300-point mark.
India 317/8 (Smriti Mandhana 123, Harmanpreet Kaur 109; Anisa Mohammed 2-59)
West Indies 162/10 (Deandra Dottin 62, Hayley Matthews 43; Sneh Rana 3-22)