Saturday 24 October, 2020

West Indies lose to India in T20 World Cup warm-up

West Indies Women celebrate a wicket against India during their final warm up match before the start of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. 

West Indies Women celebrate a wicket against India during their final warm up match before the start of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. 

West Indies Women lost a nail biter by two runs to India in their final warm up match before the start of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. 

Electing to bat on a blistering hot day at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, India posted a lowly 107 for eight in their stipulated 20 overs before returning to restrict West Indies to 105 for seven.

Chasing a victory target of 108, West Indies were well placed at 57 for one in 13 overs when Deepti Sharma struck, cleaning up opener Lee-Ann Kirby (42), to trigger a collapse.

Soon after, captain Stafanie Taylor (16), Chedean Nation (0) and Deandra Dottin (1) were dismissed as the Windies slipped to 67 for five in the 17th over.

Hayley Matthews (25) and Chinelle Henry (17) hit three fours and a six in the 19th over to leave West Indies Women with 11 runs to get off the last six balls.

Henry smashed Poonam for a four but Matthews was dismissed with two balls remaining. West Indies needed three runs off the last ball but Henry was caught by Veda Krishnamurthy.

Earlier, West Indies fast bowlers, Shamilia Connell and Chinelle Henry had the Indians in early trouble, as their top three batters were back in the pavilion by the fourth over. Connell had Smriti Mandhana caught for four  by Shakera Selman, who injured herself in the process and had to be transported to hospital for scans, all of which came back with good news of no serious injury but whiplash.

Henry had Jemimah Rodrigues caught behind for a duck, after which Shamilia had Shafali Verma caught for 12.

Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey struck some late lofty blows to take the Indians just past 100. The Indian innings ended on 107 for eight, with Pandey top-scoring with 24 not out and Deepti Sharma with 21.

Anisa Mohammed was the pick of the West Indies bowlers, taking two for 16, while Shamilia Connell finished with two for 20.

West Indies Head Coach Gus Logie was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss, saying: “107 runs against a team like India, you really can’t ask for more. I was really pleased with our bowling and we took 90% of our catches.

"We gave the batters the opportunity to go out there and have a proper knock since our training sessions have been affected by the weather since we got to Brisbane. Yes, we fell short but I want to give credit to Kirby, Hayley and Chinelle the way they batted.”

Lee Ann Kirby who is returning to international cricket after 12 years was pleased by her performance but indicated she’s just getting started, as she’s “letting the batting do the talking.”

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