West Indies set target of 184 runs for India

Hardik Pandya enjoys himself at Antigua
Hardik Pandya enjoys himself at Antigua
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30 June, 2017

Having finished as runners-up position in the last World Cup where India were seventh, the West Indies have already set a barometer against India, as they are seeking their first World Cup victory.

The left-handed Mandhana hit 13 fours and two sixes in the knock from the 108 balls, as India recovered from two early dismissals to cruise to a comfortable win against their Caribbean opponents.

Opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane notched a century, captain Virat Kohli scored 87 and India crushed West Indies by 105 runs in a lopsided one-day worldwide here on Sunday. Skipper Stafanie Taylor - arguably the best all-rounder in the game - former skipper Merissa Aguilleira, who is swift behind the wickets and Hayley Matthews' experience could create problems for the Indians. Before the third one-day the Indian side took a much-needed break and unwinded themselves in the sands of Antigua.

West Indies has previously scored the highest number in Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium with a massive figure of 179 in 2013 against team India. However, statistical favourites India need to put on the pressure while fielding and win this to maintain their top four position in the round robin format of the first round. The top scorer for India was Smriti Mandhana who made 106 not out off 108 balls while opening the batting. If West Indies managed to cross 180, it was due to Fletcher and her 37-run stand with Anisa Mohammed (11). Brimming with confidence after upstaging England, India would look to continue the winning momentum when they take on the West Indies.

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The Indian innings was off to a poor start with West Indies pacer Shamilia Connell sending back opener Poonam Raut in the very first over.

India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their next match at Taunton on Monday.

While the final ended in all the wrong ways, India will be buoyed by their overall performances in the ICC Champions Trophy in England, with Rahane and Dhawan both showing plenty of good signs while skipper Virat Kohli is never far from runs.

The Indian spinners - Poonam Yadav (2/19), Deepti Sharma (2/27), Harmanpreet Kaur (2/42) and Ekta Bisht (1/23) - shared seven wickets to rattle the West Indian batting line-up.


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