India Defeats West Indies (Women) in ODI at Warner Park

The home team never really got going, as they lost star batter, Stefanie Taylor for 1, very early in the innings. They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were culprits of a late order collapse, and after being 80-5, they eventually were bowled out for 103, losing the final 5 wickets for only 23 runs.

Bowling for India, saw Ekta Bisht getting 3 wickets for 18 runs, while Gouher Sultana got 2 wickets for 9.

Earlier in the day, West Indies won the toss and inserted the Indians who made 179-7 from their 50 overs.

Player of the Match Amita Sharma said that she is feeling great that she got her maiden ODI fifty and it came at a time when her team needed it badly, and as an all-rounder, she is very happy about her performance. She added that she just wants to continue to contribute more with the bat and ball.

Indian coach Sudha Shah stated that it feels good to be on the winning side, and outlined that after the Twenty20s she felt that they were not putting enough runs on the board and that was what they tried to improve on.

She added, “The next game is going to be crucial and we definitely are looking to win that game and the series.”

When asked about Veda Krishnamurthy who had an injury scare, following a run out, Shah stated that they are awaiting the report on her status and the injury is not as serious as first thought.

Sherwin Campbell West Indies coach expressed his disappointment in his team’s batting display and stated that he believed the ladies did not bat long enough and that their shot selection was not very good. He also indicated that he is disappointed that they did not at least bat all of the overs.

Moving forward, Campbell said he has to get the team spending more time at the crease and rotating the strike.

India now leads the three match series 1-0 with the second game to be played on Friday, 2nd March, 2012, starting at 10:00am. All matches are free of charge. So far the crowd has been encouraging with approximately 1,000 turning out today and about 600 on Monday, when the final T20 was played.

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