India Women 95-5 (Raj 27) beat
West Indies Women 92-9 (Goswami 3-7) by three runs
Second Twenty20 International, Antigua
Jhulan Goswami took three wickets for just seven runs from her four overs as India Women bounced back from their loss on Saturday to level the five-match series against West Indies Women in Antigua.
Batting first, the tourists could make only 95 for five from their twenty overs as all of the home side’s attack returned economical figures, with Shanel Daley, Anisa Mohammed, Stafanie Taylor and Stacey-Ann King each taking a wicket. Former Indian captain Mithali Raj top-scored for the tourists with 27 from 32 balls, with fellow opener Amita Sharma (17), skipper Anjum Chopra (16 not out) and Veda Krishnamurthy (10) the only other women to reach double figures.
In reply, West Indies lost three players for ducks, before Juliana Nero (31 from 33 balls) and Stacy-Ann King (28 from 30) steadied the ship with a fourth wicket stand of 21. Unfortunately for them, Sharma then removed the captain, Merissa Aguilleira, for just five, prior to Goswami dismissing Britney Cooper (4) and King in the seventeenth over as the hosts closed four runs short of outright victory on 92 for nine.
The third and fourth matches in the series are due to be played in Dominica on 22nd and 23rd February, with the series finale four days later at Warner Park in St. Kitts. Two One-Day Internationals then follow at the same ground on 29th February and 2nd March respectively.
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