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2nd ODI: Punam, Bowlers Help India Women Beat WI

Antigua: A superb half-century by Punam Raut, adopted by a disciplined efficiency from the bowlers, helped India girls register a commanding 53-run victory within the second ODI of the five-match collection towards the West Indies.

The Indian eves, who had misplaced the nail-biting first ODI by only one run, defended the 192-run goal with fairly an ease on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Sunday.

Electing to bat, India didn’t have a terrific begin as they misplaced each their openers — Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues — with simply 17 runs on the board.

Nevertheless, Punam then joined forces with skipper Mithali Raj to take the workforce out of troubled waters. Each shared a 66-run stand earlier than Mithali (40) was caught by Afy Fletcher off the bowling of Sheneta Grimmond.

That didn’t deter Punam although as she stored on piling runs alongside Harmanpreet Kaur (46) and stitched a 93-run partnership earlier than the latter fell within the 47th over.

In quest of fast runs, Punam additionally misplaced her wicket, however not earlier than contributing with precious 77 runs.

In the long run, the guests managed 191/6 of their stipulated quota of 50 overs. Aaliyah Alleyne and Fletcher each picked up two wickets every whereas Shabika Gajnabi and Grimmond scalped one a chunk.

Windies, too, started their chase poorly and misplaced opener Stacy-Ann King within the fourth over. Wicketkeeper Shemaine Campbelle, who got here in subsequent, then shared a 68-run stand with Natasha McLean earlier than the latter retired damage at her particular person rating of 15.

Skipper Stafanie Taylor, who was the hero within the first ODI, did attempt to take the Windies house she might contribute with solely 20 runs and was caught in entrance of the wickets by Poonam Yadav.

Thereafter, not one of the West Indies batters might keep lengthy on the crease and wickets stored falling at common intervals. Campbelle held one finish however when she fell at workforce’s rating of 100 within the 34th over, the sport was all however gone for the hosts. The Windies girls in the end acquired bowled out for 138 runs within the 48th over.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Deepti Sharma and Poonam all picked two-two wickets every and had been fairly economical as properly. Veteran Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey additionally picked one wicket every and stored a lid on the scoring fee.

With the collection stage at 1-1, the 2 groups will now lock horns within the third ODI on Wednesday.

Transient scores: India 191/6 (Punam Raut 77, Harmanpreet Kaur 46; Afy Fletcher 2/32) beat West Indies 138 all out (Shemaine Campbelle 39, Stafanie Taylor 20; Deepti Sharma 2/25) by 53 runs.

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