Mumbai: As India lost 1st ODI against West Indies and it was time to turn the tables, as Poonam Raut’s knock and Indian spinner’s won the match for India women’s. Poonam Raut was the top scorer with the bat as she made 77 which guided India’s total to 191-6 in 50 overs. The target was looking chase-able but Indian spinners turned it around Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gaikwad got 2 wickets each which bowled out West Indies women for 138 in 47.2 overs.
After the early loss of both the openers I.e, Rodrigues for 0 and Punia for 5 in first nine overs itself, Poonam Raut combined with captain Mithali Raj and steadied the innings. Mithali Raj looked good before getting out for 40 by Sheneta Grimmond.
After this big breakthrough West Indies, women might have felt relaxed but the fourth-wicket partnership between Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur again steadied the innings. They added 93 to the fourth-wicket partnership. Afy Fletcher (2/32) and Aaliyah Alleyne (2/38) were the picks of the bowlers for West Indies as they kept India to a sub-200 total.
There was an early breakthrough for India, as they got rid of West Indies opener Stacy-Ann King in the fourth over with Shikha Pandey landing the blow. Natasha McLean then was stretchered off after pulling her hamstring with the scorecard reading 33/1.
Although there was a decent partnership followed between Shemaine Campbell (39) and Stafanie Taylor (20), runs weren’t easy to score off the India bowlers with Campbell trudging to 39 off 90 deliveries.
The innings fell apart after the dismissal of Taylor in the 25th over. Aaliyah Alleyne (16) and Afy Fletcher (14) tried pulling West Indies towards the target but it wasn’t to be.
The third and final ODI between India Women and West Indies Women will be played on November 6.