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  • Drakes invokes T20 World Cup memories as motivation

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – With West Indies Women desperately needing a victory on Thursday against India Women to lift their confidence, head coach Vasbert Drakes wants the side to draw on their experience of winning last year’s Twenty20 World Cup.

    Even though acknowledging the difference in formats, Drakes said the Windies had shown qualities in the T20 World Cup which, if applied in the current showpiece, could bring about a change in results.

    “Obviously we can use that as a catalyst but at the end of the day, it’s a different format which is the 50-overs [but] we will just try to draw on some of the things we did really well leading into the competition, leading into the finals,” Drakes said in reference to the successful run in India.

    “It was quite a journey and the whole objective as a group is to try to grow as cricketers and try to grow as people from that experience.”

    He continued: “The challenge is now is to make sure we put some of that learning into practice. We hope by the end of this tournament we will see a change around in terms of our performances.

    “All we can do is ask and motivate and try to inspire them to play the cricket that we believe as coaches they are capable of playing.”

    West Indies lost their opening World Cup match on Monday to reigning champions Australia Women, to start the 50-overs tournament shakily.

    The defeat left the Caribbean side winless since arriving in England almost a month ago, as they also suffered losses to Pakistan and South Africa in official warm-up matches last week, and to England, India and Southern Vipers in unofficial practice games.

    Recalling how the Windies lost to the Aussies in the warm-up game prior to the T20 World Cup but then bounced back to beat them in the final, Drakes said the character shown then remained a source of motivation.

    “It was a phenomenal experience, playing cricket at the highest level to win a major competition like the T20, that is always something that will register in the back of your mind,” the former West Indies seamer pointed out.

    “Also, it highlights to the group of cricketers that they have the potential to play cricket, they have the potential to play cricket under pressure situations.”

    The Windies Women’s one-day form over the last year has been far from consistent, however, and they barely managed to secure automatic qualification for the current 50-over showpiece by finishing fourth in the ICC Women’s Championship.

    Drakes said the disparity in his side’s T20 and ODI performances stemmed from lack of experience in the 50-overs format.

    “I think the [disconnect] is obviously awareness in the longer format and you can only get that awareness if you playing in the longer format and you’re doing that consistently,” he stressed.

  • PREVIEW: Windies seek critical win in skipper’s landmark ODI

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – West Indies Women are hoping to mark captain Stafanie Taylor’s 100th One-Day International with a win, when they take on India Women in a critical fixture in the ICC Women’s World Cup here Wednesday.

    The outstanding player is poised to reach the milestone once she suits up for the contest at County Ground but emphasised the importance of the outcome, as the Caribbean side go in search of their first win of the showpiece.

    “I didn’t actually remember until my media manager actually said it to me this morning that tomorrow would be [my] 100th ODI game,” Taylor told a media conference here Wednesday.

    “I’m pleased to be here and and to know that the 100th [ODI] is actually in a World Cup so hopefully in the end we come out victorious.”

    She continued: “The fact is I wasn’t even thinking about it … it was far from my mind. Tomorrow is a big game. India would have had confidence coming into tomorrow’s game but the past is the past and tomorrow we just taking everything in stride.”

    Taylor’s career took flight nine years ago as a 17-year-old and she has since blossomed into the West Indies’ leading batsman and one of the world’s finest.

    She assumed leadership of the squad nearly two years ago and presided over their capture of the Twenty20 World Cup last year.

    However, her personal milestone coincides with a crisis of sorts in the squad as they find themselves in a losing slump and in need of a victory to revive confidence.

    Last Monday, they were dominated by reigning champions Australia in an eight-wicket defeat in what was their opening match of the World Cup.

    That came on the heels of losses in the two official warm-ups last week and three practice matches prior – including a hastily arranged fixture against India.

    Despite the disappointing performance against the Aussies, Taylor said her side had analysed their performance and backed themselves to give an improved showing.

    “We are confident. We’ve looked at the footage and seen where we went wrong, written down what we needed to write down, thrown it in the trash and [will be coming] out fresh for tomorrow’s game,” she pointed out.

    “Tomorrow is a crucial game and as a team, we know how crucial it is. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves – not focussing on the end result and trying to focus on the process.”

    West Indies are one from bottom of the eight-team standings led by New Zealand Women on three points with England also on three points but second by virtue of an inferior net run rate.

    Taylor said her side were anxious to hit their winning stride and were happy their first game was now behind them.

    “I would rather lose a first game than at the back end where you know you need it the most,” she noted. “The last game was an example for us to move forward.”

    SQUADS:

    INDIA – Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav.

    WEST INDIES – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters.

  • Windies Squad for Seagrams Royal Stag Mega Cricket Cup | third, fourth and fifth ODIs Windies v India

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named the Windies 13-man squad for third, fourth and fifth matches of the ODI Series against India.

    The selection panel named two newcomers. They are Kyle Hope, a 28–year-old top-order batsman and brother of Shai Hope; and Sunil Ambris, a 24-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman.

    The third and fourth matches will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday, June 30 and Sunday, June 2. First ball is 9 am (8 am Jamaica Time).

    The fifth match will be played at Sabina Park on Thursday, July 6. First ball is 9am (10am Eastern Caribbean Time).

    FULL SQUAD (with shirt numbers)

    1. Jason Holder (captain)
    2. Sunil Ambris
    3. Devendra Bishoo
    4. Roston Chase
    5. Miguel Cummins
    6. Kyle Hope
    7. Shai Hope
    8. Alzarri Joseph
    9. Evin Lewis
    10. Jason Mohammed
    11. Ashley Nurse
    12. Rovman Powell
    13. Kesrick Williams

    Quotes from Courtney Browne, CWI Chairman Of Selectors, on the two new players: Sunil Ambris and Kyle Hope are two very promising young batsmen who have been selected on the basis of strong performances in our competitions.

    Kyle opened on our last “A” Team One-Day tour to Sri Lanka and had some very good performances. In addition, he also had a good showing opening the batting for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force franchise in this year’s PCL competition.

    Sunil did well in our Regional Super50 One-Day tournament and also had a good showing in this year’s PCL first-class tournament for Windward Islands Volcanoes and therefore will fit within our middle order. They will be up against a good Indian team and they have an opportunity to show their skills and contribute to a stronger team performance.

  • Windies Squad for Seagrams Royal Stag Mega Cricket Cup | third, fourth and fifth ODIs Windies v India

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named the Windies 13-man squad for third, fourth and fifth matches of the ODI Series against India.

    The selection panel named two newcomers. They are Kyle Hope, a 28–year-old top-order batsman and brother of Shai Hope; and Sunil Ambris, a 24-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman.

    The third and fourth matches will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday, June 30 and Sunday, June 2. First ball is 9 am (8 am Jamaica Time).

    The fifth match will be played at Sabina Park on Thursday, July 6. First ball is 9am (10am Eastern Caribbean Time).

    FULL SQUAD (with shirt numbers)

    1. Jason Holder (captain)
    2. Sunil Ambris
    3. Devendra Bishoo
    4. Roston Chase
    5. Miguel Cummins
    6. Kyle Hope
    7. Shai Hope
    8. Alzarri Joseph
    9. Evin Lewis
    10. Jason Mohammed
    11. Ashley Nurse
    12. Kieran Powell
    13. Rovman Powell

    Quotes from Courtney Browne, CWI Chairman Of Selectors, on the two new players: Sunil Ambris and Kyle Hope are two very promising young batsmen who have been selected on the basis of strong performances in our competitions.

    Kyle opened on our last “A” Team One-Day tour to Sri Lanka and had some very good performances. In addition, he also had a good showing opening the batting for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force franchise in this year’s PCL competition.

    Sunil did well in our Regional Super50 One-Day tournament and also had a good showing in this year’s PCL first-class tournament for Windward Islands Volcanoes and therefore will fit within our middle order. They will be up against a good Indian team and they have an opportunity to show their skills and contribute to a stronger team performance.

  • Windies know what they are about: Nation

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Chedean Nation has pushed back on suggestions West Indies women were overawed by the occasion, in their heavy eight-wicket defeat to reigning champions Australia Women here Monday.

    And she is confident the Caribbean side will bounce back when they face India Women in their next game here Thursday.

    “It wasn’t stage fright. We’ve been here before. We know what we’re about,” Jamaican Nation told a media conference here.

    Here's what Chedean Nation had to say following the Windies Women's eight wicket defeat against Australia in their opening World Cup match.

    Posted by Windies Cricket on Monday, June 26, 2017

    “It was just one of those games and we will bounce back from that. All in all, the girls saw where they went wrong and we’ll go back to the drawing board in training tomorrow and work on our mistakes.”

    The Caribbean side are hardly new to the world stage, having reached the final of the last 50-overs World Cup four years ago before lifting the Twenty20 World Cup in India last year by beating Australia in the final.

    However, they found themselves completely dominated on Monday, restricted to 204 all out and then having little or no impact with the ball as the Aussies raced to their target courtesy of opener Nicole Bolton’s unbeaten 107.

    Several Windies batsmen got starts but failed to carry on as Hayley Matthews top-scored with 46, captain Stafanie Taylor got 45, Nation scored 39 and Deandra Dottin, 29.

    “It wasn’t so difficult batting. It was a good wicket to bat on. I think we just didn’t rotate the strike enough,” Nation explained.

    “We saw how the Australians batted up front. They rotated the strike and were a bit more positive than we were.

    “I think the Aussies were bowling really good. They were bowling really straight at us and it was kind of difficult to get singles at that point in time.”

    West Indies have had a rough build-up to the tournament, losing three preparation matches and two official warm-up games, to be winless since arriving in England almost a month ago.

    But Nation said the squad would be seeking to tighten up on their weak areas in coming days and produce a better showing going forward.

    “I think everybody have learned a lot since we’ve been here preparing for this,” she noted.

    “We know we have work to do but the girls are working really hard in the nets and as I said before it’s just unfortunate we ended up on the losing side today but we’ll bounce back for sure against India coming up in the next game.”

    She added: “[We need to focus on] partnerships. We need to get more partnerships like we saw the Australians got one big partnership at the top but unfortunately we didn’t capitalise on our partnerships.”

  • Bolton century blanks Windies Women in opening match

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Out-of-sorts West Indies Women proved no match for World champions Australia Women and crashed to a heavy eight-wicket defeat, as they opened their ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on a disappointing note here Monday.

    They opted to bat first but were dismissed for 204 in the 48th over, with teenaged opener Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 46, captain Stafanie Taylor getting 45 and Chedean Nation, 39.

    All-rounder Deandra Dottin chipped in with a brisk 29 but veteran seamer Ellyse Perry grabbed three for 47 while leg-spinner Kristen Beams (2-30) and left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen (2-39) claimed two wickets apiece to cripple the Windies innings.

    The Caribbean side were well placed at one stage on 123 for two in the 33rd over but failed to kick on and lost their last eight wickets for 81 runs.

    In reply, opener Nicole Bolton struck her third One-Day International hundred – a delightful, unbeaten 107 – as the Aussies cantered to their target in the 39th over without raising a sweat.

    The left-hander hit 14 boundaries off 116 balls, adding 171 in a first wicket stand with opening partner Beth Mooney whose 70 required 85 deliveries and included seven fours and a six.

    Off-spinner Taylor claimed two for 33 but the Windies bowling lacked edge and their fielding effort was ordinary, especially late in the innings as frustrations grew over the productive opening stand.

    Heading into the contest here on the backs of five straight defeats in warm-ups, the Windies were always facing a tough challenge against the clinical Aussies and played true to predictions.

    The 19-year-old Matthews accounted for much of West Indies’ early momentum, putting on 34 for the first wicket with Felicia Walters (7) and 52 for the second wicket with Nation.

    Walters, on ODI debut, laboured for 30 deliveries before pulling Perry to Elyse Villani in frustration, to depart in the 11th over.

    Matthews and Nation steadied the innings but their partnership hardly rattled the Aussies as it required 80 deliveries and Windies were still short of three figures at the half-way stage.

    All told, Matthews faced 63 deliveries and counted seven fours and appeared headed for her fifth ODI fifty when she gifted her wicket, bowled loosely driving down the wrong line at Jonassen.

    Nation, who faced 73 balls and hit two fours and a six, was joined by Taylor and they put on a further 37, again without pressuring the Aussies.

    With the tempo needing a boost, Nation whipped Beams to Alex Blackwell at short mid-wicket in the 33rd over, to set the Windies back.

    Dottin arrived to play a typical cameo in adding 34 for the fourth wicket with Taylor. She smashed six boundaries off a mere 20 balls and was accelerating the innings nicely when she missed a drive at Perry and lost her off stump in the 37th over.

    The innings then declined quickly as former skipper Merrissa Aguilleira holed out to cover for one off seamer Megan Schutt in the 39th before the last recognised batsman Shanel Daley miscued a Beams full toss to long on to perish for six in the 41st.

    Taylor tried to keep the innings together but holed out in the deep in the 46th over after facing 57 balls and counting a four and a six.

    Australia cruised in reply as Bolton and Mooney removed any doubt about the result with their dominant opening stand off just 181 deliveries.

    The Windies struggled badly and their only bright spark came when Matthews took a brilliant running catch in the deep to dismiss captain Meg Lanning in the 35th over for 12.

    West Indies take on India on Thursday in their second match of the tournament.

    WEST INDIES

    H Matthews b Jonassen 46

    F Walters c Villani b Perry 7

    C Nation c Blackwell b Beams 39

    *S Taylor c Villani b Jonassen 45

    D Dottin b Perry 29

    +M Aguilleira c Lanning b Schutt 1

    S Daley c Blackwell b Beams 6

    A Mohammed run out 9

    A Fletcher b Perry 3

    S Selman not out 3

    S Connell run out 1

    Extras (b2, lb5, w8) 15

    TOTAL (all out; 47.5 overs) 204

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Walters, 10.4 overs), 2-86 (Matthews, 24), 3-123 (Nation, 32.1), 4-157 (Dottin, 37), 5-161 (Aguilleira, 38.2), 6-168 (Daley, 40.1), 7-196 (Mohammed, 45.4), 8-196 (Taylor, 45.5), 9-202 (Fletcher, 47), 10-204 (Connell, 47.5)

    Bowling: Jonassen  9-0-39-2 (w2), Schutt 8.5-2-22-1, Pery 9-1-47-3 (w2), Beams 10-0-30-2, Gardner 8-0-35-0 (w1), Villani 3-0-24-0

    AUSTRALIA WOMEN

    B Mooney b Taylor 70

    N Bolton not out 107

    *M Lanning c Matthews b Taylor 12

    E Perry not out 5

    Extras (b4, lb2, w5) 11

    TOTAL (2 wkts, 38.1 overs) 205

    Did not bat: E Villani, A Blackwell, +A Healy, J Jonassen, A Gardner, M Schutt, K Beams.

    Fall of wickets: 1-171 (Mooney, 30.1 overs), 2-189 (Lanning, 34.1)

    Bowling: Selman 4-0-19-0 (w2), Connell 6-1-36-0, Taylor 8.1-0-33-2 (w1), Daley 5-0-27-0, Mohammed 5-0-23-0, Dottin 5-0-25-0, Matthews 3-0-22-0, Fletcher 2-0-20-0.

    Result: Australia Women won by eight wickets.

    Points: Australia Women 2, West Indies Women 0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Nicole Bolton.

    Toss: West Indies Women.

    Umpires: Kathy Cross, Adrian Holdstock.

  • Law laments lack of edge in Windies efforts

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Head coach Stuart Law has rued the tame bowling effort which paved the way for West Indies’ 105-run defeat to India in the second One-Day International on Sunday and says the Caribbean side is lacking the cutting edge.

    Opting to bowl first in a contest reduced to 43 overs following a two-hour delayed start due to rain at Queen’s Park Oval, the Windies watched as the visitors piled up 310 for five with opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scoring with 103.

    Captain Virat Kohli struck an imperious 66-ball 87 while left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan chimed in with 63.

    “We didn’t bowl anywhere near as well as we could’ve done and that’s probably the first time that’s happened since I’ve been here so you can live with that to a certain extent,” Law told reporters following the defeat.

    “But you’ve got to be better than that with the ball. The way we started, the way we set the tone for our innings wasn’t how we wanted to do it and I think at times our plans didn’t quite work out.”

    Opener Shai Hope’s classy 81 stood out in the Windies reply but they never quite recovered from a position of four for two in the third over, to end on 205 for six off their allotted overs.

    Law, in his fourth series with the Caribbean side after taking over earlier this year, said the experience gained in the defeat would be beneficial to the young team.

    “Some of our boys haven’t played a lot of international cricket so to get some time in the middle against some quality bowlers is good for thei confidence,” the Australian pointed out.

    “When we batted I thought Shai Hope played extremely well.”

    With the gulf between the two sides evident in the encounter, Law said the Windies were aware of the odds against them up against a powerful India side.

    However, he argued that West Indies still possessed enough ability to challenge the Indians, especially against the backdrop of their encouraging performances against Pakistan recently.

    “We’ve got to understand that India are number three in the world for a reason and they’ve ben hovering around that top three for quite a while now.,” Law explained.

    “They’ve got some of the best players, if not the best players in the world up there so we know that we’ve got to play really well and compete really hard to get anything out of these games but there is no reason why we can’t.

    “We pushed Pakistan all the way when they were out here recently. We beat them chasing down 308 in the first ODI and in the last two we nearly got over the line as well so those performances are in us.

    “We’re lacking a little bit of something, a little bit of edge with our bowling and with our batting we are not quite getting off to good starts consistently.”

  • PREVIEW: Windies target reversal of form against Aussies

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Twenty20 World Cup champions West Indies Women will look to turn the page on their ordinary form of the last three weeks when they meet Australia Women in their opening match of the ICC Women’s World Cup here Monday.

    The contest, which bowls off at 10:30 am (5:30 am Eastern Caribbean time) will be a rematch of the T20 World Cup final India last year when the Caribbean side dominated in style and a repeat of the 2013 World Cup final in which the Aussies got the upper hand.

    West Indies will start as underdogs especially based on their form in recent weeks. They lost both official warm-up games last week to Pakistan and South Africa respectively and prior to that, went down to England, Southern Vipers and India in other practice games.

    However, captain Stafanie Taylor told a media conference here that her side had put the hiccups of recent weeks behind them and would be starting afresh.

    “Warm up games are gone. We’re not focussing on what’s gone,” the Jamaican said.

    “Tomorrow everyone’s on a level playing field and we’re just trying to focus on what we need to do in that game.”

    Australia, the reigning champions, are understandably tournament favourites and reiterated that status with convincing victories in their two warm-up matches.

    They boast the world-rated likes of Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Alex Blackwell but Taylor said West Indies would be focussed on executing their game and not worrying about the Aussies.

    “We are not focussing too much on the Australians. We’re trying to focus on our game and what we need to do as a team to win,” she explained.

    “We know that Australia are going to come hard at us and as I said, we just need to focus on our game and what we do best. We can’t focus too much on the Aussies, we just have to remember all the good things we did against them in the last World Cup and go out there and play our cricket.”

    Taylor, who averages 44 from 98 ODIs, will lead her side’s batting, with help coming from fellow veteran Deandra Dottin, teenaged opener Hayley Matthews and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira.

    However, it has been the Windies’ batting which has let them down on tour so far, highlighted in their dismal 63 all out in their second official warm-up against South Africa in Oakham last Thursday.

    Their bowling has been more consistent with new-ball seamers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman along with off-spinners Taylor, Matthews and Anisa Mohammed, looking in decent touch.

    Despite the recent results, Taylor said her side had been working assiduously behind the scenes to strengthen their overall game in preparation for the start of the tournament.

    “We’re focussing on all areas, trying to get everything right – that’s what you have to do to beat a team, especially a team like Australia,” she pointed out. “We know they’re a strong team so we know we have to get our team right.”

    She added: “Everyone has their game that they’ve been working on in the nets. Today is a day where people just need to top up and get ready for tomorrow’s game.”

    SQUADS:

    WEST INDIES – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleria, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman and Felicia Walters

    AUSTRALIA – Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani and Amanda-Jade Wellington.

  • Rahane ton trumps Hope as Windies lose 2nd ODI

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Starlet Shai Hope struck a high class half-century but it failed to save West Indies from a 105-run defeat to India in the rain-hit second One-Day International of the five-match series here Sunday.

    Chasing a difficult 311 in a contest reduced to 43 overs per side at Queen’s Park Oval, the Caribbean side were restricted to 205 for six, with Hope stroking an accomplished 81 off 88 balls.

    Roston Chase chipped in with an unbeaten 33 while skipper Jason Holder made 29, but West Indies’ task was made more difficult after they slumped to four runs for two wickets in the third over and failed to find mount a significant enough recovery effort.

    Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was key for the Indians with three for 50 including the wicket of Hope while seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed two for nine in an early burst with the new ball.

    Right-handed opener Ajinkya Rahane had earlier compensated for the gloomy weather by carving out a stroke-filled 103 while his captain Virat Kohli struck 87 and Shikhar Dhawan, 63.

    Those three innings formed the foundation of India’s 310 for five after they were asked to bat first following a delayed start of two hours because of rain.

    Rahane faced 104 deliveries and counted 10 fours and two sixes, adding 114 for the first wicket with Dhawan whose 59-ball knock also included 10 boundaries.

    Rahane showed his intent from as early as the opening over when he pulled fast bowler Alzarri Joseph to the square leg boundary and followed up in the 20-year-old’s next over by clearing the ropes at backward point.

    The left-handed Dhawan joined in the run-spree with two sweetly-timed off-side boundaries off seamer Holder in the fourth over, as India sped to 63 after the first 10 overs.

    Dhawan raised his second half-century in three days in the 14th over of 49 balls before departing in the 19th over, drawn from his crease by off-spinner Ashley Nurse and stumped.

    Rahane then combined with Kohli in a 97-run stand to further bury the hosts. He raised his fifty off 56 balls in the 20th over but then accelerated to reach his third ODI hundred off another 46 deliveries – raising the landmark with a scintillating cover drive off seamer Miguel Cummins in the 34th over.

    When he departed two balls later bowled by one that clipped off-stump, Kohli took charge of the innings, smashing four fours and four sixes in a 66-ball innings.

    Holder conceded 22 runs off the final over, while sending down three no-balls – two of which were high full tosses and resulted in him barred from bowling the last delivery of the innings.

    West Indies were up against it from the third ball of their reply when left-hander Kieran Powell was caught at the wicket without scoring off Kumar on review, without a run on the board.

    Jason Mohammed followed in the third over, also without scoring, driving Kumar to backward point where Hardik Pandya snaffled a low chance.

    With the innings wobbling, opener Hope then led the Windies recovery, putting on 89 for the third wicket with Evin Lewis who made a pedestrian 21 off 37 balls.

    Hope raised his second ODI half-century off 65 balls in the 19th over and then upped the anti with leg-side sixes in successive overs from Kuldeep and off-spinner Ravi Ashwin.

    Lewis perished in the 20th over at 93 for three, missing a charge at Kuldeep and going stumped and Hope was finally prised out, lbw on review to Kuldeep in the 26th over – one delivery after clearing extra cover for this third six.

    All told, he counted five fours and three sixes and when he departed at 112 for four, the required run rate had risen to 11.5 runs an over.

    Jonathan Carter’s dour 31-ball 13 helped precious little and Chase and Holder’s 42-run, sixth wicket stand off 44 deliveries was well short of the torrent of runs required to threaten India.

    Scores:

    INDIA 310 for five off 43 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 103, Virat Kohli 87, Shikhar Dhawan 63; Alzarri Joseph 2-73)

    WEST INDIES 205 for six off 43 overs (Shai Hope 81, Roston Chase 33 not out, Jason Holder 29; Kuldeep Yadav 3-50, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-9)

    INDIA (43 overs)

    A Rahane b Cummins 103

    S Dhawan st Hope b Nurse 63

    *V Kohli c Nurse b Joseph 87

    H Pandya c Cummins b Joseph 4

    Yuvraj Singh c wkp Hope b Holder 14

    +MS Dhoni not out 13

    K Jadhav not out 13

    Extras (lb4, w4, nb5) 13

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 43 overs) 310

    Did not bat: R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, B Kumar, U Yadav

    Fall of wickets: 1-114 (Dhawan, 18.2 overs), 2-211 (Rahane, 34), 3-223 (Pandya, 35), 4-254 (Yuvraj Singh, 38.1), 5-285 (Kohli, 41.2)

    Bowling: Joseph 8-0-73-2 (w2, nb1), Holder 8.5-0-76-1 (nb4), Nurse 9-0-38-1 (w1), Bishoo 9-0-60-0 (w1), Cummin 8-0-57-1, Carter 0.1-0-2-0

    WEST INDIES

    K Powell c wkp Dhoni b Kumar 0

    +S Hope lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 81

    J Mohammed c Pandya b Kumar 0

    E Lewis st Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 21

    J Carter lbw b Ashwin 13

    *J Holder st Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 29

    R Chase not out 33

    A Nurse not out 19

    Extras (lb6, w3) 9

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 43 overs) 205

    Did not bat: D Bishoo, A Joseph, M Cummins

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Powell, 0.3 overs), 2-4 (Mohammed, 2.5), 3-93 (Lewis, 20, 4-112 (Hope, 25.3), 5-132 (Carter, 29.2), 6-174 (Holder, 36.4)

    Bowling: Kumar 5-1-9-2 (w1), Yadav 6-0-36-0 (w1), Pandya 9-0-32-0 (w1), Ashwin 9-0-47-1, Kuldeep Yadav 9-0-50-3, Yuvraj Singh 5-0-25-0.

    Result: India won by 105 runs.

    Series: India lead five-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Ajinkya Rahane.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: Nigel Duguid, Chris Gaffaney; TV – Kumar Dharmasena.

  • Stafanie Taylor on the eve of World Cup opener

    Taunton, England – West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor, spoke to the media ahead of her team’s opening World Cup match against Australia.

    West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor, spoke to the media ahead of her team’s opening World Cup match against Australia.

    Posted by Windies Cricket on Sunday, June 25, 2017