India’s strategy to bowl first worked out well as they could restrict West Indies to an average score. Mithali Raj used her spin options to disarray the top West Indies batting line up. The first line of pace attack did not bring much result, with Hayley Mathews bombarding boundaries.
It was when spin options were brought to play in the seventh over, India got the first wicket of Felicia Walters. The run rate slowed down. Although the next wicket came after more than 10 overs, West Indies could do only a little on score front. The quick stances of wicket keeper Sushma Verma was praiseworthy, removing four wickets in the inning. India fought the middle overs without Harmanpreet Kaur, a top bowling option, but her injury did not impact much.
India bowlers slowed down the top gun of West Indies like Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin. Taylor scored 16 off 42 balls and Dottin had 7 off 48 balls. The same happened with next couple of players impacting the score hard. Kaur came back to attack removing Kyshona A Knight in the 35th over. West Indies was 91 for 6.
While playing spin deliveries, West Indies could score only 62 off 169 losing six wickets. However, India introduced pace bowling again to make it a bit easy for the team for the next stretch. There was also catch drops that helped the team to add some runs. The score of 183 came up after Afy Fletcher and Shanel Daley knocked the unbeaten scores of 36 and 33.
Smriti Mandhana came up with the winning strike of 106 in 108 balls in the chase. The player smashed 90 in the previous campaign against England. The century is her second in ODI and first in World Cup. Partnering with skipper Mithali Raj, she added 108 runs. Mithali Raj scored 46. It could have been her eight consecutive fifty, but she holed out to Fletcher in the mid-off. Later Mona Meshram added 18 runs partnering with Mandhana reaching the target with 45 balls to spare. Mandhana was awarded Player of the Match.
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