Taylor And Mohammed Seal ODI Victory
West Indies Women 162-1 (Taylor 85no) beat
India Women 161 (Mohammed 4-27) by nine wickets
First One-Day International, Mumbai
Starring performances from Stafanie Taylor with the bat and Anisa Mohammed with the ball handed the West Indies Women a nine-wicket win over India Women in the opening One-Day International in Mumbai.
Batting first, India were shot out for 161 as Mohammed returned four for 27 before Taylor's unbeaten 85 saw the West Indies over the finishing line with more than 13 overs to spare.
Indian opener Punam Raut made 32 and Harmanpreet Kaur 33 but few partnerships of substance were formed as the West Indians struck regularly.
Off-spinner Mohammed dismissed Raut, Mithali Raj (6), Rumeli Dhar (2) and Priyanka Roy (12) to return her second four-wicket haul in ODIs.
Taylor took two for 20 while there was a wicket apiece for Tremayne Smartt, Deandra Dottin and Shemaine Campbelle.
Taylor then made light of the early dismissal of Juliana Nero, who made 12 before she was bowled by Jhulan Goswami, to power her side to victory.
She struck ten fours from 12 balls and she was given excellent support from Shanel Daley, who was unbeaten on 44.
“It was an excellent performance from the girls today," West Indian coach Sherwin Campbell said.
"It was a very good start to the tour. The pitch was very good for batting and we did a lot of things right today. Anisa and Stafanie have delivered for us before, and again today, they showed that they are world-class players.
“Anisa bowled really well, and from the start of her spell she was looking confident and posed problems for the Indians. Stafanie used the opportunity to build an innings and get some early runs. In the first part of the innings she was slow, but she understands batting, and she just grew in confidence after that. It was another excellent batting display.”
“(Shanel) Daley moved up to the No.3 position and she did an excellent job for the team. It was something new for her but she made the adjustment and showed great determination. The bowlers were on song from the first ball and that gave us control of the game from the start. The girls were outstanding in the field and everything that we have been working on fell into place.”
The second game in the series of five ODIs is in Vadodara on 13th January.
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