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Mandhana, Rodrigues Help India Win ODI Series Against WI

Antigua: Twin half centuries from openers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues helped India girls register a straightforward six-wicket win over West Indies within the third ODI, thereby sealing the three-match collection 2-1.

On Wednesday night, India rode on an excellent 141-run opening stand between Mandhana (74) and Rodrigues (69) to chase down the 195-run goal with 47 balls to spare at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Earlier, West Indies girls had a poor begin after electing to bat because the opening batters discovered it tough to get the scoring began. No runs have been scored within the first two overs as Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey had Hayley Matthews and Natasha McLean pegged again with tempo.

Natasha was the primary to go, making an attempt to play throughout the road and the ball popped up from the sting of the bat for a straightforward catch. Hayley enjoying in her first recreation this collection, finally took a liking to the tempo from Goswami and Pandey, belting them for 3 fours and a six on her option to 26. Nevertheless, her received run-out slowed down the tempo of the Windies inning they usually have been decreased to 50/Four inside 20 overs.

Chedean Nation’s keep within the center didn’t final lengthy as she fell for six. Kyshona Knight and skipper Stafanie Taylor appeared set to rebuild the shaking innings, as they transformed their possibilities for fast singles. After constructing a gradual partnership of 34 runs, Kyshona received out after scoring 16 runs.

Then got here the partnership that took the host to a defendable whole. Stacy-Ann King and Stafanie added 96 runs to pull the full near 200 earlier than Stafanie was caught and bowled by Poonam Yadav for 79.

Stacy-Ann soldiered on to 38 earlier than she was bowled by Goswami. The remainder of the West Indies batters fell for single digits as they completed their allotted quota of 50 overs on 194 all out.

India began their run-chase confidently with Mandhana enjoying for the primary time within the collection. Along with Rodrigues, the pair took a liking to the West Indies bowlers.

They posted 141 runs earlier than Hayley Matthews had Rodrigues stumped for 69. Mandhana continued her scoring however grew to become Matthews’ second scalp for 74. Poonam Raut was Hayley’s third wicket. India had a slight wobble with 4 wickets falling in a brief area of overs however they have been comfy winners by six wickets in 42.1 overs, ending on 195/6.

The 2 groups will now face one another in a five-match T20I collection, with the primary two being performed on the Daren Sammy Stadium on November 9 and 10.

Temporary scores: India girls 195/4 (Smriti Mandhana 74, Jemimah Rodgrigues 69; Hayley Matthews 3/27) beat West Indies girls 194 all out (Stafanie Taylor 79, Stacy-Ann King 39; Jhulan Goswami 2/30)

Star batswoman Smriti Mandhana has turn into the second quickest Indian to attain 2,000 runs in one-day internationals, including yet one more feather to her cap.

The left-handed batter achieved the feat in the course of the third and closing ODI towards West Indies performed at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday which India received by six wickets.

Mandhana performed a 74-run knock and alongside Jemimah Rodrigues, stitched a 141-run opening partnership as Indian eves chased down the 195-run goal with ease, thereby clinching the three-match ODI collection 2-1.

The 23-year-old has taken 51 innings to succeed in the two,000-ODI run mark turning into the third quickest girl after Belinda Clark and Meg Lanning to attain the milestone. She has until now scored 2,025 runs in 51 ODIs at a median of 43.08. She has scored 4 centuries and 17 fifties until now in her ODI profession.

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