The visitors won the 2ND T20I with 31 runs    Getty Images
The visitors won the 2ND T20I with 31 runs Getty Images

India Women’s dismal show with the bat handed the hosts West Indies Women a 31-run victory and the Twenty20 International (T20I) series as they play in the second T20I of the series. The match was played at the Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground, Mulapadu. West Indies Women had won the first T20I comprehensively and winning the second T20I, they took a sweet revenge on the hosts for the 0-3 defeat in the One-Day International (ODI) earlier on the tour. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: India vs West Indies, second Women s T20I at Vijayawada

Chasing a decent target of 138, India Women had disastrous start and performance as the match progressed. They lost their first wicket in the very first over as Smriti Mandhana continued with her poor form and departed for 4 runs. West Indies Women’s bowlers remained exceptional as the hosts lept losing wickets in regular interval which continued till the end. The bowlers prevented India from putting up any big partnerships and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was the only performer with the bat with her 37-ball 43. the other two batters who scored in double digits are Deepti Sharma with her 22-ball 24 and Sabbhieni Meghana with 17 off 16.

Two of the Indian batters departed for duck as India ended their chase with 106 runs on the board losing all their wickets. All the West Indies bowlers were successful, Deandra Dottin and Anisa Mohammed being the top performers with 3 wickets. Hayley Matthews bagged 2 wickets while both Shakera Selman and Shaquana Quintyne got one each.

Winning the toss, India Women s captain Harmanpreet Kaur elected to bowl first. Regular openers Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor opened the innings for the visitors. Their game was not like the usual hard-hitting one as the two started off decently. The team lost their first wicket in the sixth over with 35 runs on the board. It was Shikha Pandey who dismissed Hayley while Harmanpreet took the catch.

They soon lost yet another wicket as Britney Cooper got out off a Deepti Sharma delivery, scoring 5 runs only. The team had 41 runs on the board for the loss of 2 wickets in 7.2 overs at that time. Stafanie held the innings from the other end as wickets kept falling in regular intervals. It was Deandra who built up a partnership with her. The duo brought in some stability to the innings and West Indies got to the team total of 50.

Deandra played her natural game, scoring runs in boundaries. She scored 35 including 5 fours. Stafanie kept on batting with Merissa Aguilleira. The two built up the next big partnership of the innings. Stafanie ended her innings remaining unbeaten at 47 while Merissa got run out off the last ball for 21 runs.

Bowling for India, Shikha Pandey remained the most successful bowler with a couple of wickets while the other successful bowler was Deepti Sharma. Jhulan Goswami again had a wicketless match.

Brief score:

West Indies Women 137 for 4 (Stafanie Taylor 47*, Hayley Matthews 27; Shikha Pandey 2 for 29) vs India Women 106 (Deepti Sharma 24, Harmanpreet Kaur 43; Deandra Dottin 3 for 24, Anisa Mohammed 3 for 23)

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)