India will be playing their third match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 against the West Indies on Saturday at Seddon Park in Hamilton Cricket Ground. After winning their first game against Pakistan, India suffered a 62-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand. The latter batted brilliantly to score 260 runs in the first innings. For India, Pooja Vastrakar starred with the ball as she picked four wickets for 34 runs in 10 overs. Gayakwad, on the other hand, picked 2 for 46.
India, however, failed to make a strong start, in pursuit of the score. The likes of Yashika Bhatia (28), Smriti Mandhana (6), and Deepti Sharma (5) failed to impress with the bat. Mithali Raj (31) got set but, unfortunately, got out just after she tried to change the gears. Harmanpreet Kaur was the only batter who looked good at the crease.
She played a heart-warming knock of 71 runs in 63 deliveries. However, she lacked support from the other end. In the end, India was bundled out for 198 runs in the second innings. Heading into the third game, they would be looking to get back to winning ways. However, it isn’t going to be easy as West Indies are in great form.
They have managed to register two consecutive wins and thus are sitting at the top half of the points table. The Women from the Caribbean registered their second consecutive win after beating England by 7 wickets on Wednesday. Batting first, West Indies managed to score 225 runs in the first innings. Hayley Mathews set the tone with a valuable 45-run knock off 58 balls. Campbelle managed to score 66 runs in 80 balls, while Chedean Nation also made a valuable contribution of 49 off 74 deliveries.
Thanks to those knocks, West Indies managed to reach a respectable total on the board. In pursuit of the total, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals. A combined bowling effort from West Indies was on display. Shamilia Connell picked 3 wickets for 38 runs in 10 overs. Besides, Hayley Matthews and Anisa Mohammed picked two wickets each. In the end, England fell 7 runs short of the target.