Veda Krishnamurthy top-scored with an unbeaten 52 for India    Getty Images
Veda Krishnamurthy top-scored with an unbeaten 52 for India Getty Images (File Photo)

India Women have beaten West Indies Women by six wickets in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Vijayawada. With this win, India Women have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Left-arm spinners Ekta Bisht and Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked up three and four wickets respectively to help India Women bowl their opponents out for just 131 in 42.4 overs. West Indies Women lost wickets at regular intervals and never seemed like putting up a threatening total on the board. Only Hayley Matthews, Stefanie Taylor and wisketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira got into double figures with Aguilleira top-scoring with an unbeaten 42. Full Cricket Updates, India vs West Indies, 1st Women’s ODI

India lost four quick wickets in their run chase. They were reduced to 36 for 4 in the 17th over. That is when skipper Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy joined hands. They ensured that India did not face any further hiccups and stitched together an unbeaten 97-run stand for the fifth, which is the highest partnership for the fifth wicket for India Women against West Indies Women, to guide India home with 65 balls to spare. Another win for India will give them an automatic qualification for the ICC Women s World Cup 2017.

It was a newly laid track at Vijayawada and it did not offer much turn, but India Women kept it tight and their disciplined lines and lengths helped them restrict West Indies to a moderate score. Shikha Pandey got the first breakthrough. But after that, it was Bisht, who got the next three wickets, including skipper Taylor and West Indies Women were restricted to 63 for 4 in the 17th over. However, the sixth wicket partnership of 31 between Aguilleira and Shemaine Campbelle, took West Indies Women closer to the 100-run mark. Gayakwad then took over the wicket-taking roll getting four wickets in quick succession and a couple of run outs were squeezed in between her wickets to add insult to injury for the West Indies Women.

Shakera Selman, Matthews and Afy Fletcher shared four wickets between them, but once Raj and Krishnamurthy got going, the West Indies Women had no answers whatsoever. West Indies Women will now look to bounce back in the second match of the series and level the series at 1-1. The second ODI will be played at the same venue on Sunday.

In the first game however, it was West Indies Women, who had won the toss and elected to bat first. They may want to rethink their strategy in the next match.

Brief Scores:

West Indies 131 in 42.4 overs (Merissa Aguilleira 42*; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4 for 21, Ekta Bisht 3 for 14) lost to India 133 for 4 in 39.1 overs (Veda Krishnamurthy 52*, Mithali Raj 46*) by 6 wickets.