Poonam Yadav celebrates a fall of wicket    Getty Images
Poonam Yadav celebrates a fall of wicket Getty Images

After beating England in their first encounter, India restricted West Indies to 183 for 8 in 50 overs in match 7 of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 at Taunton. Tight bowling from Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma, whereas vital scalps from Poonam Yadav in the middle overs wreaked havoc in the West Indies camp after inviting them to bat. The runners-up of the previous edition, West Indies were off to a steady start and cruising at 69 for 1 in 18 overs. Nonetheless, the tides turned in emphatic fashion for Mithali Raj’s side and they will fancy their chances of winning their second game on trot in the ongoing tournament.

West Indies women got off to a good start. Hayley Matthews and Felicia Walters saw off the first overs to keep Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey at bay. However, the introduction of Ekta changed the complexion of the game as she gave nothing away and bowled in straight lines. Her first five overs leaked minimal runs and dismissed Walters on her very first delivery. There was a brief partnership between Matthews and skipper Stafanie Taylor (playing her 100th ODI) for the second wicket. Matthews was scoring at a brisk pace against the pacers and sensing that, Mithali resorted to the spinners. Since then, it was a one-way traffic with Indian bowlers dominating proceedings.

Deepti got rid of a well-settled Matthews for 43. She gave a simple regulation catch to the bowler and from thereon, there was no looking back for Indian eves. Poonam gave ample flight and dejected the West Indians who failed to read her. She removed Deandra Dottin and Merissa Aguilleira in quick succession. West Indies’ lower order was exposed courtesy Harmanpreet Kaur’s part-time off breaks. Mithali’s deputy, Kaur, earned two scalps in form of Chedean Nation and Kyshone Knight.

Handy knocks from Shanel Daley and Afy Fletcher steer West Indies past 150-run mark and ensured they played out their overs. The Taylor-led West Indies have a humongous task to stop an in-form Indian batting line-up if they have to press for a win.

Brief scores:

West Indies women 183 for 8 (Hayley Matthews 43, Shanel Daley 33, Afy Fletcher 36*; Poonam Yadav 2 for 19, Deepti Sharma 2 for 27, Harmanpreet Kaur 2 for 42, Ekta Bisht 1 for 23) vs India women