Stafanie Taylor hits 79 but West Indies lose ODI series against India
West Indies women's team suffered a six-wicket defeat against India in the deciding third One-Day International (ODI) at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday night to lose the series 2-1.
Batting first after winning the toss, the West Indies women were bowled out for a sub-par 194 in 50 overs and India cruised to the 195-run target in 42.1 overs.
Pacer Jhulan Goswami (two for 30) and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (two for 35) shared four wickets between them to destroy the middle order of the West Indies women.
Stefanie Taylor hammered 79 runs but ran out of partners as the other West Indies batters struggled against India’s attack.
Apart from Taylor, only Stacy-Ann King showed some resistance with a 45-ball 38.
Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodriques scored contrasting half-centuries to lead the Indian women’s to the victory target.
Mandhana, who missed the first two matches of the series due to a toe injury, smashed 74 off 63 balls and put on a match-winning 141-run partnership with fellow opener Rodrigues (69 off 92) for the first wicket.
With a solid foundation in place, India cruised to the 195-run target with 47 balls to spare.
The tour now shifts focus to five T20 Internationals, with the first two being played at the Daren Sammy Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.