Gros Islet: The opening duo of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana hammered scintillating half-centuries because the Indian girls’s staff notched up a cushty 84-run win over hosts West Indies within the first T20I right here.
The 15-year-old Shafali and Mandhana shared a document 143-run opening partnership as India posted 185 for four of their stipulated 20 overs on the Darren Sammy Nationwide Cricket Stadium right here.
The guests then returned to limit West Indies for 101 for 9 to finish the win on Saturday.
Pacer Shikha Pandey (2/22), the spin duo of Radha Yadav (2/10) and Poonam Yadav (2/24) claimed two wickets every, whereas each Deepti Sharma (1/15) and Pooja Vastrakar (1/21) accounted for one wicket.
Put into bat, Shafali, taking part in solely her fifth T20I, smashed six boundaries and 4 sixes to notch up her maiden worldwide half-century.
Mandhana too matched her youthful companion, smashing 11 fours in her 46-ball innings as India cruised to 102 for no loss in 10 overs.
The duo recorded the very best partnership for any wicket by an Indian pair in T20Is, bettering the 130 amassed by Thirush Kamini and Punam Raut towards Bangladesh in 2013.
Shafali was the primary to go when she was dismissed by Shakera Selman within the 16th over.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur then produced a 13-ball 21, whereas Veda Krishnamurthy offered the late cost with a 7-ball 15 to take India to a difficult rating.
For the hosts, Selman and Anisa Mohammad snared two wickets every, whereas Hayley Mathews conceded 39 runs from her 4 overs and Chinelle Henry bled 26 from the one over she bowled.
Chasing 186 to win, West Indies struggled to sew partnerships with Shermaine Campbelle top-scoring with a 34-ball 33.
As soon as the openers — Hayley Matthews (13) and Natasha MacLean (0) fell early, Campbelle tried to regular the innings however West Indies saved dropping wickets on the opposite finish.
Campbelle too couldn’t push the tempo as her 34-ball innings had simply two fours and a six.
Chedean Nation (10), Kyshona Knight (12) and Stacy-Ann King (13) couldn’t keep lengthy sufficient as West Indies had been trying down the barrel at 86 for six in 14.1 over.
The lower-order then crumbled beneath stress as India took a 1-Zero lead within the five-match collection.
India Girls 185/four in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 73, Smriti Mandhana 67; Anisa Mohammed 2/35, Shakera Selman 2/36) beat West Indies Girls 101/9 in 20 overs (Shermaine Campbelle 33; Radha Yadav 2/10, Shikha Pandey 2/22) by 84 runs.