Workforce India opener Smriti Mandhana and captain Harmanpreet Kaur cracked fantastic unbeaten half-centuries as India Girls cricket group defeated West Indies by 56 runs to maintain their profitable run within the Girls’s T20I Tri-Sequence in East London on Monday (January 23). India, after profitable the toss and electing to bat, have been off to a very good begin and managed 167 for 2 in 20 overs. They then restricted the opponents to 111 for 4 to eke out their second consecutive win of the collection.
Openers Yastika Bhatia and Mandhana stitched collectively a 33-run partnership earlier than the previous was dismissed by off-spinner Karishma Ramharack for 18 with only one supply remaining in energy play. Ramharack tossed the ball up exterior off and Yastika tried a drive over covers however ended up enjoying away from her physique. A faint exterior edge noticed the opener give a simple catch to wicketkeeper Rashada Williams.
For her wonderful unbeaten 7__4__*(51) within the first innings, vice-captain @mandhana_smriti bagged the Participant of the Match award as #TeamIndia clinched their second win of the Tri-Sequence with a 56-run victory over West Indies _
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— BCCI Girls (@BCCIWomen) January 24, 2023
Her dismissal introduced in Harleen Deol however her keep on the crease didn’t final lengthy, as she was trapped in entrance whereas attempting to flick the ball on the off-side from pacer Shanika Bruce. The early response to the size ball noticed the younger middle-order batter miss the stroke, with the ball hitting her on the entrance pad.
At 52 for 2, there have been some tense moments however as soon as Mandhana and Harmanpreet paired up, boundaries flowed freely. Harmanpreet, who was again main the aspect after lacking the opening match of the tri-series reportedly because of sickness, was on track as she smashed a 35-ball 51 studded with eight boundaries.
Mandhana, after failing with the bat within the opening sport in opposition to South Africa, was equally belligerent scoring 74 off simply 51 deliveries because the duo batted collectively for practically 12 overs to information India to a aggressive rating. Mandhana, who was dismissed for seven runs within the tri-series opener in opposition to South Africa Girls, hit 10 boundaries and a six, even because the opponents utilised seven bowlers to interrupt the partnership.
A goal of 167 was all the time going to be a troublesome chase and India spinners led by Radha Yadav throttled the runs, gifting away treasured little by means of unfastened deliveries. The 22-year-old Radha gave away simply 10 runs in her 4 overs whereas additionally taking the wicket of Shemaine Campbelle (47), who consumed 57 deliveries.
By the point Campbelle was dismissed making an attempt a pull off a full toss however holing out to Amanjot Kaur at deep mid-wicket, the match was pretty much as good as misplaced for West Indies as they have been 96 for 4 with simply 15 deliveries remaining.
Skipper Hayley Matthews and Afy Fletcher too could not get the runs flowing and in the long run a goal of 167 proved too large to chase.
Temporary scores: India Girls 167/2 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 74 n.o., Harmanpreet Kaur 56 n.o.) bt West Indies Girls 111 for 4 in 20 overs (Shemaine Campbelle 47, Hayley Matthews 34 n.o.; Deepti Sharma 2/29)
(with PTI inputs)