Australia Women started their World Cup 2017 title with a hefty win against West Indies. The Champion of the previous season chased down the score of 204 posed by West Indies batting for 38.1 overs. Australia won the match by eight wickets. The winning chase had the unbeaten 107 from Nicole Bolton, forging the partnership of 171 with Beth Mooney. The latter plundered 70 batting for 30 overs. The next stretch was a cake walk, the team also lost Meg Lanning, the skipper, to Stafanie Taylor. The West Indies Skipper took both the wickets of the inning, but could not defend the match.
Batting first, West Indies reached 157 for 4 by the 37th over with Taylor’s wicket. The inning did not pick up from this point as the team began to lose wickets without good contribution from the lower as well as middle order. Australia bowlers scalped the lower order taking down six wickets in a stretch of ten overs. The top order started brisk, reaching near 50 scores. Opener Hayley Mathews scored 46 while Taylor scored 45. Chedean Nation scored 39. In the opening stand of 10 overs, West Indies players scored only 34 runs. In the inning Australia bowler Ellyse Perry maintained a constant pressure over Indies players restricting them any good score. Deandra Dottin added 29 off 20 balls reaching the best strike rate in the inning.
Taylor, in the after-match interview expressed her disappointments on batting. She said it was not the start the team wanted. However, the captain is positive on upcoming games as she wants to utilize the failure as a stepping stone to success. She said, her team made couple of mistakes but all they should do is going “back to the drawing board.” In contrast, Australia chased the score with a hefty strike from the top order. There were also couple of misfields in the chase inning. Mooney was dropped and the players hammered easy boundaries. In a stretch of 34 overs, there were 23 fours and a six.