India Women 154 for 5 (Raj 45, Mandhana 44) beat West Indies Women 153 for 7 (Dottin 63, Goswami 2-28, Bisht 2-28) by five wickets
A tight bowling effort from India women set up their five-wicket win over West Indies women in the second ODI in Mulapadu. With the win, India took a 2-0 lead and sealed the three-match series, thereby extending the visitors’ wait to secure a direct entry for the 2017 Women’s World Cup.
West Indies, asked to make first use of the surface, struggled for momentum and crawled to 153 for 7 in 50 overs. India struggled slightly towards the latter parts of their chase, going from 111 for 2 to 150 for 5, but managed to cross the line in 38 overs with five wickets in hand.
West Indies lost their openers Hayley Matthews and Shaquana Quintyne in consecutive overs to be reduced to 20 for 2. Stafanie Taylor, the captain, and Kycia Knight scored 30 runs between them off 98 balls.
Deandra Dottin and Merissa Aguilleira got together to repair the damage with a 70-run fifth-wicket stand, and though they used up 110 balls, their stand marked one of the quicker periods of scoring in the West Indies innings. Dottin scored top-scored with 63 and was the last batsman dismissed, bowled by Jhulan Goswami off the last ball of the innings.
Goswami and Ekta Bisht, the left-arm spinner, took identical figures of 10-2-28-2, Gayakwad took 1 for 31 in 10 overs, while Deepti Sharma gave away just 19 runs in her quota. Barring Harmanpreet Kaur, who gave away 20 runs in three overs, all of India’s bowlers were economical, with Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the left-arm spinner, recording the worst economy rate (3.10).
Thirush Kamini was given out obstructing the field in the fourth over of India’s chase, before Smriti Mandhana and Deepti steadied them with a 63-run second-wicket stand. Mandhana took India to 111 for 2 with Mithali Raj, before she was caught off Matthews’ offspin on 44. Raj took India to the brink with a 51-ball 45, and though she fell with her team four runs away, it was late compensation for West Indies.
The final ODI will take place at the same venue on Wednesday.