Wednesday, April 17, 2024

West Indies Women drop second T20 in South Africa

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East London, South Africa – West Indies Women buckled under the pressure of unbeaten half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, to crash to a 56-run defeat in their second game of the Twenty20 International Tri-Series here Monday.

Player-of-the-Match Mandhana struck 74 from 51 deliveries and Kaur, 56 off 35 balls – the pair featuring in a 115-run, unbroken third wicket stand – as India Women marched to 167 for two off their 20 overs at Buffalo Park.

In reply, West Indies Women were limited to 111 for four from their 20 overs, Shemaine Campbelle punching a top score of 47 from 57 deliveries and captain Hayley Matthews hitting an unbeaten 34 from 29 balls.

Veteran off-spinner Deepti Sharma claimed two for 29 to lead India Women’s attack and hand them their second win in as many matches, following their opening success over South Africa Women.

“India got away with scoring [and] our fielding was a big miss. Hayley couldn’t open as she was dealing with an injury, so she had to bat lower down, and in order for us to win she has to bat as early as possible,” said assistant head coach Robert Samuels.

“We have to put bigger scores on the board, not just batting out the 20 overs. Our focus is to get the batting consistent and to do the basic stuff better, which will bring more confidence.” (CMC)

Summarised scores:

India Women 167 for two off 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 74 not out, Harmanpreet Kaur 56 not out). West Indies Women 111 for four off 20 overs (Shemaine Campbelle 47, Hayley Matthews 34 not out; Deepti Sharma 2-29). India Women won by 56 runs.

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