India Women won the series 3-0    Getty Images
India Women won the series 3-0 Getty Images

India Women finish the series against West Indies Women with a clinical 3-0 victory as they win the final One-Day International (ODI) by 15 runs. Batting first, India had put up a competitive 199 runs total while the West Indies put up a good fight. However, India made a comeback in the death overs with commendable bowling and fielding that won them the match. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: India Women vs West Indies Women, third ODI at Vijaywada

Winning the toss, West Indies Women’s caprain Stafanie Taylor sent the hosts to bat first. Smriti Mandhana opened the innings with Deepti Sharma but could not stay longer at the crease, getting out in the second over of the match. It was all-rounder Deandra Dottin who gave West Indies their first breakthrough, who got Smriti out for five runs. Mithali Raj, the captain who has been performing consistently, also failed to repeat that, getting out soon after for an individual score of 15. India had lost 2 wickets playing 13.2 overs and scoring 36. Harmanpreet Kaur tried to bring in the stability that her team was seeking. She formed a brief partnership with Deepti Sharma, who soon departed for 23 followed by Harmanpreet herself, who scored 19.

It was not until the pair of Veda Krishnamurthy and Devika Vaidya had taken the crease that Indian Eves got a strong partnership forming in the match. The two read the situation well and played the kind of cricket wanted at that time. They kept the scoreboard going by taking singles and doubles and once they were set, started hitting hard. Veda gradually got to her half-century while Devika provided ample support, helping her to take most of the strikes. Veda played a commendable innings of 71 runs till she got out off a Chedean Nation delivery.

Devika kept going with Jhulan Goswami at the other end. The duo added some crucial runs down the order and India put up 199 for 6 on the board with Devika finishing unbeaten at 32. Bowling for West Indies, Chedean was the most successful with her 2 wickets while Deandra, Shakera Selman, Anisa Mohammed and Stafanie Taylor all bagged a wicket each.

West Indies started things off better than how the hosts did it. The target was not an easy one to achieve as West Indies, in this score, had a highest team total of 153 before the match. Hayley Matthews and Shaquana Quintyne opened batting for their team and had a perfect understanding between them. While Shaquana was playing calmly to hold the innings together, hard-hitter Hayley had been given the freedom to start off aggressively. However, India got their first breakthrough as Deepti Sharma got Shaquana lbw for 18 runs. Hayley kept on going as she put up 44 runs with the help of 9 fours before getting out off a Rajeshwari Gayakwad delivery.

Both Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin failed to contribute much to the team’s score but a brilliant knock came from Kycia Knight. Kycia kept the hopes of her team alive as she scored the only half-century of the innings. The cricketer partnered with Merissa Aguilleira, who played rather aggressively. The partnership looked strong and at one point of time, put the Indian bowlers under immense pressure. It was Merissa’s run out that triggered a number of wickets following soom after. It included Kycia, who scored 55 with the help of five boundaries. Nerissa scored 22 off 26, hitting 3 fours and a six. It was Rajeshwari Gayakwad who put the hosts in driver’s seat, bagging two wickets in an over. India Women won the match by 15 runs with 5 balls still remaining.

Indian bowlers and fielders came back brilliantly in the death overs. Rajeshwari alone bagged 3 wickets while there were two run outs. Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur and Devika Vaidya also contributed with one wicket each.

Brief scores:

India Women 199 for 6 (Deepti Sharma 29, Veda Krishnamurthy 71, Devika Vaidya 32; Chedean Nation 2 for 21) win vs West Indies Women 184 (Hayley Matthews 44, Kycia Knight 55: Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4 for 34) by 15 runs.

(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)