Date and Day: 03 November 2019, Sunday.
Match 2 – India Women v/s West Indies Women
Time: 7:30 PM IST.
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.
West Indies women’s team stunned the India women’s team by one run to take a one-nil lead in the three-match series. With West Indies winning the first match this sets up the series so beautifully with two matches to go.
India women’s team was sent into a shell shock with the kind of performances the West Indies women’s team put up. West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first, they stitched a good 51 runs partnership for the first wicket between Stacy Ann king and Natasha McLean, but then lost two wickets in the same over of Deepti Sharma. After the loss of two wickets walked in Stafanie Taylor the captain and batting mainstay of West Indies women’s team she scored a fluent 94 runs off 91 balls and was dismissed on the last ball of the innings brilliantly caught at long-on by Harmanpreet Kaur, the West Indies set a total of 225 runs from their full quota of overs. Shika Pandey and Deepti Sharma picked up two wickets apiece.
In the reply to West Indies par score the Indian women’s team began the chase on a very positive note with Jemimah Rodrigues and Priya Puniya putting up 78 runs for the first wicket. In the 39th over of the chase when India looked in control of the chase just needing fifty-five of the last ten overs, Anisa Mohammed turned the game around on her head by picking up both the set batters in Priya Punia (75 off 106 balls) and Mithali Raj(20 off 32 balls). India after the two wickets went to lose their remaining six wickets for 48 runs. Anisa Mohammed ended with match figures of five for 46 of her ten overs, which included two strikes in the final over of the game thus handing the West Indies team a one-run victory.
Indian women’s team would now be wary of the performances the West Indies women’s team can put up and would not tread them lightly in the series. The second game becomes all so important from the Indian point of view and the series point of view. West Indies women’s team would now look to make sure that this win wasn’t just one-off game and they can punch above their weight.
Weather and Pitch Forecast
The weather forecast for the matchday isn’t good with showers throughout the day. If the weather god’s permit we may get some game time in between those showers. A full game is highly unlikely due to the weather. Bowling first could be a good option. Pitch won’t change much from the first game, once set it will get difficult to get a batter out.
Head to Head
In the previous five games, India women’s team has beaten West Indies women’s team in four games. In the first game of the current series, everyone expected the Indian women’s team to win the game quite easily but the Indian team fell short by a run, thus shocking everyone including themselves. West Indies Women’s team put up a great show in the first game and everyone would expect them to show the same fight throughout the series to keep the series interesting.
Played-5, India-4, West Indies-1.
West Indies Women Squad
Stafanie Taylor (capt.), Anisa Mohammed, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond
West Indies Women Probable XI
Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Britney Cooper, Chinelle Henry, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Shabika Gajnabi, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond.
India Women Squad
Mithali Raj (capt), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-capt), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma.
India Women Probable XI
Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Taniya Bhatia, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Priya Punia.
Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Stafanie Taylor, Stacy-Ann King, Natasha McLean, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond, Anisa Mohammed.