West Indies Women Take Series Lead

West Indies Women Take Series Lead
West Indies Women Take Series Lead
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West Indies Women 84-6 (Aguilleira 39no) beat
India Women 83-7 (Raj 27) by 4 wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Dominica

West Indies Women captain Merissa Aguilleira battled through the pain to guide her side to a hard-fought victory in the third Twenty20 international against India Women in Roseau.

The 26 year-old wicket-keeper had to receive treatment for an injury to her right hamstring during her innings and said after the match, “I had to fight really hard today. I had to be brave. I had to fight the pain. My hamstring gave me some problems but we will have that fixed and I will be ready for tomorrow’s match. I am well pleased that I was able to stay at the crease and do the job for the team. For me it is always all about the team. We were in a hole and as captain I knew I had to stand there and bat to the end.”

Aguilleira’s unbeaten innings of 39 from 48 balls helped her team to recover from 10 for three after Jhulan Goswami (one for nine), Amita Sharma (one for 15) and Ekta Bisht (two for 17) had caused problems with the new ball. She found support from Deandra Dottin (16) and Stacey-Ann King (15) to guide her side home with two balls to spare.

Earlier, the home side had bowled well to restrict India’s ladies to 83 for seven from their 20 overs. Mithali Raj and Amita Sharma had shared an opening stand of 39, but when Anisa Mohammed claimed Sharma for 18 the collapse began. Stafanie Taylor claimed two wickets with her off-spin as the middle order imploded, and Shanel Daley and Shemaine Campbelle also chipped in with a wicket apiece.

Commenting after the match, Aguilleira added, “We have chance to wrap up the series with a win tomorrow and we will be going all out to do that. It will be tough, we are playing against a higher ranked team, and they are very competitive, but we are also a good team and we believe we can do it tomorrow. We are aiming to win this (T20 Series) and also the other one (One-Day Internationals). We know we can do it.”

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