ICC Women’s World Cup: Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur hit tons as India record massive 155-point win over West Indies | Cricket News



HAMILTON: Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur slammed twin centuries as India produced a magnificent batting display to claim a comprehensive 155-run win over West Indies and get their campaign back on track at the ODI Women’s World Cup of the ICC on Saturday.
While Mandhana broke his fifth ODI hundred, a sensational 119 on 123 balls sprinkled with 13 fours and two sixes, Kaur had 10 hits to the fence and two maximums in his 107 balls 109, which was his fourth ton and first since hitting 171 steps against Australia at the 2017 World Cup.

The duo forged a stand of 184 for the fourth wicket, India’s highest partnership for any wicket in the Women’s World Cup, to help the team post their highest tally in history of the flagship event, a 317-for-eight challenge after skipper Mithali Raj. won the toss and elected to bat.
The 2017 runners-up then came back to brush aside West Indies for 162 in 40.3 overs to stay in contention for the knockout stage.
India are now ranked in the top four of eight teams after the win, behind Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the overall standings.
Chasing the steep total, West Indies were on a flyer with openers Deandra Dottin (62) and Hayley Matthews (43) scoring 100 runs in 12.1 overs but the rotation-paced duo of Sneh Rana (3/22) and Meghna Singh (2/27) put the breaks on tipping the top order as the Caribbean fell to 114-for-four in 19th.

Pooja Vastrakar (1/21) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/24) then came on, knocking out Shemaine Campbelle (11) and Chinelle Henry (7) as the Windies fell to 134 for six.
Gayakwad and Rana then combined to knock out Aaliyah Alleyne (4), while Jhulan Goswami (1/43) came back to get rid of Anisa Mohammed (2) and become the highest ever Cup wicket taker of the female world with 40 wickets in her kitty.
Earlier, flyhalf Yastika Bhatia scored a quick 31 from 21, interlaced with six boundaries, to give the team a good start with Mandhana.

Bhatia and Mandhana had 49 runs for first place in 6.3 overs but once she was gone Mithali Raj (5) and Deepti Sharma (15) also followed suit leaving India to falter at 78 for three.
While Bhatia was caught and thrown by S Selman, Mithali was caught by Shamilia Connell mid wicket from Matthews in the 10th.
India scored 62 for two on the power play with Deepti Sharma (15) off to a promising start, but Matthews took a one-handed stunner on the first slip to get rid of the all-rounder.
Mandhana and Kaur then joined hands and leveled the innings as India amassed 100 runs in 20 overs. The duo were chosen by one and both and also got the limits regularly to keep the scoreboard going.

Mandhana scored his first fifty balls from 66 with five fours on the 27th, while the second fifty came in 43 balls.
The left-handed flyhalf landed her first high in the 33rd when she produced a straight six on the ground against Selman. She smashed six more in 37th longer than Aaliyah Alleyne.
With both batters scoring at a good pace, 200 was up 36th over.
Mandhana reached her 90s with a limit and had a life when she was abandoned by Alleyne on the 96th. She also survived an LBW call before reaching her century with four more from Matthews.

With Kaur also very good, India broke through the 250 mark in no time.
Mandhana was dismissed in the 43rd when she found Selman in the middle of the deep wicket, but Kaur took the blame on herself and steered the team through the 300 mark even as India continued to lose wickets chasing fast runs.
Kaur, who was also given a reprieve on the 20th, hit his triple figures with a single in the 47th before edging out a delivery from Alleyne to goaltender Campbelle.


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