Anya Shrubsole and Arran Brindle shared seven wickets between them as defending champions England bundled out West Indies for a low score of 101 in their concluding Group A league match of the ICC Women's World Cup at the BKC ground.
Opting to bat first, the West Indies, who were on a high coming into this game after a comprehensive 209-run win over Sri Lanka, found the going tough against the English seam attack and were shot out in just 36.4 overs.
It left England with an easy task of winning the game at a very modest asking rate of 2.04 to enter the Super Six stage of the tournament. England had defeated India by 32 runs after a shock loss in their tournament opener against Sri Lanka.
At one stage, West Indies were in danger of being bowled out for their lowest-ever ODI total of 41 which was averted by the partnership of 68 in 114 balls between Kyshona Knight (33) and Shane Daley (30 not out).
The next best score in the pathetic batting display was the number of extras, 28, conceded by England.
But once that partnership was broken, West Indies lost their last four wickets for 12 runs, with Arran Brindle slicing through the tail to take three wickets in 12 balls without conceding a run.
The initial damage was done by England's new ball bowlers Ketherine Brunt (2 for 6) and Shrubsole, who picked up four for 21.
Shrubsole left West Indies gasping with a three-wicket burst for eight runs in her first six-over spell and then came back to take the last wicket.
Only the left-handed Kyshona and no.8 Shane Daley reached double figures in the dismal batting display while six batswomen departed without scoring and the list included both their openers Stefanie Taylor and Kycia Knight.
A combination of poor shots and good bowling left Windies struggling at 31 for 6 before they recovered through the 7th wicket stand between Kyshona, who faced 86 balls and hit a lone boundary, and Daley, who hit four fours to remain unbeaten after facing 76 balls.
Among the culprits to play an atrocious stroke and get out was Taylor who was the architect of the Caribbean islanders' huge win over Lanka two days ago at the MIG Club ground.
Taylor, whose personal high score of 171 paved the way for Windies' highest-ever ODI total of 368 for 8 in the previous game, injudiciously stepped out to new ball bowler Shrubsole and lost her stumps for a duck to leave her side at a sorry 2 for 4 after just 9 balls.
Her opening partner Knight had been yorked by Brunt off the second ball of the innings after a wide ball by England's pace spearhead gave West Indies their first run of the match.
No.3 Shemaine Campbelle (2) and Julina Nero, who too got out for a duck, were sent back by Shrubsole within three balls in her 5th over and the tenth of the innings to leave West Indies tottering at 14 for four.
Then came the best stand of the innings till that stage, 13 off 22 balls between the defensive-prodding no.4 Kyshona and captain Merissa Aguilleira before a suicidal attempt for a non-existent single to mid off cost the latter her wicket to leave the Caribbean team at 27 for 5.
Big-hitting Leander Dottin struck the second boundary of the innings with a lofted shot to mid-wicket off the second ball and then edged behind the stumps off Brunt of the third as West Indies limped to 31 for 6.
The revival of the innings by Kyshona and Daley was aided by some dropped catches.
It was snapped finally when Kyshona was drawn forward by Arran Brindle with a well-flighted ball and stumped by wicket keeper Sara Taylor.
England struck another blow in the same over when Brindle bowled Shaquana Quintayne for a duck without any addition to the Windies total of 89 and then the bowler sent back no.10 Tremayne Smartt at the same score in her next over.
The seventh wicket duo ensured West Indies cross their lowest ever ODI score of 41, made against England in 2008, and then took the score past 55, their lowest in Cup history made 16 years ago against New Zealand at Chandigarh.
First Published: February 5, 2013, 12:55 pm