India women beat Windies by 61 runs, clinch series by 5-0


Thailand: India’s women cricket team outclassed West Indies by 61 runs in the fifth and final T20I played at the Province Stadium on Thursday.

With the win, the Women in Blue swept the five-match series 5-0.

The visitors defended the target of 135 with utmost ease as they restricted Windies to 73/7 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs.

Earlier, India opted to bat after winning the toss. However, openers — Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana – were dismissed by the Windies after scoring just 9 and 7 respectively.

However, from there on, Jemimah Rodrigues and Veda Krishnamurthy took the mantle in their hands and stitched a 117-run stand for the third wicket.

Rodrigues scored 50 runs before gifting away her wicket to Aaliyah Alleyne in the penultimate delivery of the innings. Krishnamurthy played an unbeaten knock of 57. Her 48-ball innings was studded with four boundaries.

Anuja Patil was the hero of the Indian bowlers as she picked two wickets by conceding just three runs in her three overs. The other two spinners, Radha and Poonam Yadav, also scalped a wicket each and never allowed the Windies batters to get any sort of momentum during their chase.

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