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  • Grateful Aguilleira on the verge of “huge milestone”

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Former skipper Merissa Aguilleira will become the third West Indies Women in two weeks to reach the coveted landmark of 100 One-Day Internationals when she suits up against New Zealand Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup on Thursday.

    The 31-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman has been a stable part of the squad since making her debut nine years ago and joins current captain Stafanie Taylor and all-rounder Deandra Dottin who celebrated the milestone last Thursday.

    Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, a former vice-captain, was first to the 100-club and has already played 104 ODIs.

    “It’s a huge milestone for me because I know a lot of people who could have gone out there and anything could have happened,” the Trinidadian said here Wednesday.

    “You could have gotten an injury and could have ended your career but I’m really thankful to know that God has given me the opportunity and I have been doing well so hopefully we can continue.

    “I want to say thanks to the entire team for being there. I know it would have been hard road but I’m here today and I’m thankful for it.”

    Aguilleira had a less than flattering debut in 2008, run out without scoring against the Netherlands in a four-match away series but rose to become a gritty middle order batsman and an inspirational leader.

    In fact, she led West Indies in 74 ODIs until being replaced by Taylor two years ago, and said she was simply thankful for the career she had managed to create.

    “When I started I just wanted to go out there and express myself and just represent the people of the Caribbean to the best of my ability,” she explained.

    “But I’m really thankful for the opportunity that God has given me and to know that I’ve used it in such a way and that I’ve inspired so many people and hopefully I can continue doing it.

    “I want to say thank you to everybody who has supported me – my coaches, the management staff, my family, my fans [and] everyone who has been in full support of me.”

    She continued: “God and God alone [has been the centre of my longevity]. He has been the centrestone of everything for me.

    “I’ve had times when I know it has been rough and yes I’ve had the full support of my family all the time but I must give it up to God because he’s in control of my life and I thank him very much.”

    Aguilleira finds herself in the midst of a crisis with the embattled West Indies side at the ongoing World Cup, with the team having lost all three of their opening games.

    She said her aim was to help them through the current challenging period.

    “I just want to go out there and give my best and really try and get the team together because I believe all teams go through something and I have full confidence this team is a strong team,” she pointed out.

    “We’re able to overcome whatever challenge is put forward but we just have to continue and keep believing in ourselves.”

  • Squad for Finolex Pipes T20 International | Windies vs India

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named the Windies 13-man squad for Finolex Pipes T20 International against India.

    The match will be played at Sabina Park on Sunday, July 9. First ball is 10:30 am (11:30am Eastern Caribbean Time).

    Experienced opening batsman Chris Gayle has been named in the squad. The left-hander is the highest run-maker for Windies in this format with 1,519 runs (average 35.32, strike rate 145.49), including two centuries. This will be his first T20 International at Sabina Park.

    All-rounder Jason Holder is being rested for the match.

    FULL SQUAD

    1. Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)
    2. Samuel Badree
    3. Ronsford Beaton
    4. Chris Gayle
    5. Evin Lewis
    6. Jason Mohammed
    7. Sunil Narine
    8. Kieron Pollard
    9. Rovman Powell
    10. Marlon Samuels
    11. Jerome Taylor
    12. Chadwick Walton
    13. Kesrick Williams

    Quotes from CWI Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, on the squad: We welcome Chris back to the T20 squad. He is the most prolific batsman in this format and will add value to our team at the top of the order. He will get the chance to play on his home ground and against a top-quality Indian team.

    This squad has a good mix – experience within the batting and bowling – it is a well-balanced squad. Again, this is an opportunity for the young players to showcase their talent and for the experience players to perform and help nurture the young players.

  • Holder fires under-pressure Windies to sensational win

    NORTH SOUND, Antigua, CMC – West Indies stunned India by 11 runs in a bizarre low-scoring encounter here Sunday to snap their losing streak and haul themselves back into the five-match series.

    All but written off after struggling to an inadequate 189 for nine off their 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side bounced back spectacularly to bowl the tourists out for a shocking 178 with two balls remaining.

    At the heart of the effort was skipper Jason Holder who snatched a career-best five for 27 while fellow fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed two for 46.

    Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 60 – his fourth consecutive score over fifty – while wicketkeeper MS Dhoni chimed in with 54 but none of the other batsmen showed any enterprise.

    Kyle Hope and Evin Lewis had earlier both top-scored with 35 in a 57-run opening stand, while Shai Hope made 25 and Roston Chase, 24.

    Seamers Umesh Yadav (3-36) and Hardik Pandya (3-40) hurt the innings with three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up two for 31.

    The opening stand was a slow one requiring 87 balls and Kyle Hope had struck four boundaries in a 63-ball knock when he holed out to deep cover off Pandya in the 18th over.

    His opening partner Lewis followed in the 22nd over after counting two fours and two sixes off 60 deliveries when he tugged Kuldeep to Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket at 80 for two.

    Shai Hope and Chase then added 41 for the third wicket in a promising stand before West Indies suffered a dramatic decline and lost six wickets for 63 runs.

    For the second straight innings, Chase was deceived in flight and bowled by Kuldeep in the 32nd over and Shai Hope departed to a catch at the wicket, trying to run Pandya down to third man in the 35th over.

    A string of soft dismissals followed. Holder (11) gloved a leg-side catch behind off Umesh in the 39th over, Rovman Powell top-edged a swing and was caught at point for two in Umesh’s next over before Jason Mohammed (20) picked out point with Pandya in the 42nd over.

    Tottering on 162 for seven, West Indies then scraped together 27 runs from the last 52 balls, in a meek end to the innings.

    India started poorly in reply, losing three quick wickets to slump to 47 for three in the 13th over. Shikhar Dhawan (5) clipped Joseph to mid-on where Holder took a simple catch at 10 for one in the third over and captain Virat Kohli perished for three in the sixth over, top-edging a short one from Holder to be taken by wicketkeeper Shai Hope.

    Joseph then struck again when he had Dinesh Karthik caught at the wicket off a short ball for two, as West Indies took the initiative.

    Rahane and Dhoni then came together to halt the slide in a 54-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India past the 100-run mark.

    Right-hander Rahane faced 91 balls and struck seven fours while Dhoni uncharacteristically hit a single four in a 114-stay at the crease.

    Rahane completed his 18th ODI half-century in the 26th over before departing in the 31st over, caught at the wicket sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and with with 15 runs added off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed Kedar Jadjav for 10 to a catch at the wicket to leave India 116 for five in the 36th over.

    Dhoni and Pandya put on a valuable 43 off 57 balls for the sixth wicket which seemed to be taking India to victory before a clatter of wickets brought West Indies back into the contest.

    Holder yorked Pandya leg-stump in the 46th and in his next over had Ravi Jadeja holing out in deep for 11 at 173 for seven.

    India needed 16 runs from the last 12 balls and seamer Kesrick Williams, in only his second ODI, bowled a superb penultimate over which cost just two runs and delivered the wicket of Dhoni – caught at long on by Joseph.

    And with India requiring 14 required from the final over, Holder performed the final rites with the scalps of Umesh (0) and Mohammed Shami (1) to seal a sensational win.

    India lead the series 2-1 ahead of the final match at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Thursday.

    WEST INDIES

    E Lewis c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 35

    K Hope c Jadhav b Pandya 35

    +S Hope c wkp Dhoni b Pandya 25

    R Chase b Kuldeep Yadav 24

    J Mohammed c Jadeja b Pandya 20

    *J Holder c wkp Dhoni b Yadav 11

    R Powell c Jadeja b Yadav 2

    A Nurse c & b Yadav 4

    D Bishoo  run out 15

    A Joseph not out 5

    K Williams not out 2

    Extras (lb1, w10) 11

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 189

    Fall of wickets: 1-57 (K Hope, 17.2 overs), 2-80 (Lewis, 21.5), 3-121 (Chase, 31.2), 4-136 (S Hope, 35), 5-154 (Holder, 38.1), 6-161 (Powell, 40.5), 7-162 (Mohammed, 41.2), 8-179 (Nurse, 47.2), 9-184 (Bishoo, 48.4)

    Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-2-33-0, Umesh Yadav 10-1-36-3 (w6), Jadeja 10-0-48-0, Pandya 10-0-40-3 (w4), Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-31-2.

    INDIA

    A Rahane c wkp S Hope b Bishoo 60

    S Dhawan c Holder b Joseph 5

    *V Kohli c wkp S Hope b Holder 3

    D Karthik c wkp S Hope b Joseph 2

    +MS Dhoni c Joseph b Williams 54

    K Jadhav c wkp S Hope b Nurse 10

    H Pandya b Holder 20

    R Jadeja c Powell b Holder 11

    K Yadav not out 2

    U Yadav b Holder 0

    Mohammed Shami c Chase b Holder 1

    Extras (w 10) 10

    TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs)  178

    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dhawan, 2.1 overs), 2-25 (Kohli, 6), 3-47 (Karthik, 12.4), 4-101 (Rahane, 30.5), 5-116 (Jadhav, 35.4), 6-159 (Pandya, 45.1), 7-173 (Jadeja, 47.3), 8-176 (Dhoni, 49), 9-176 (Yadav, 49.1), 10-178 (Mohammed Shami, 49.4)

    Bowling: Joseph 9-2-46-2 (w4), Holder 9.4-2-27-5 (w2), Williams 10-0-29-1 (w3), Bishoo 10-1-31-1, Nurse 10-0-29-1, Chase 1-0-16-0 (w1).

    Result: West Indies won by 11 runs.

    Series: India lead five-match series 2-1.

    Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, Joel Wilson; TV – Kumar Dharmasena.

  • Windies Women to third straight loss

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – West Indies Women were bundled out for their second lowest-ever total in One-Day Internationals as their already troubled World Cup campaign took a turn for the worst with a demoralising 10-wicket defeat to South Africa Women here Sunday.

    Asked to bat first at Grace Road, the Windies capitulated to 48 all out off just 25.2 overs – the sixth lowest total in a Women’s World Cup and the lowest in 20 years.

    Chedean Nation, batting at number four, was the only player to reach double figures with 26 as the Caribbean side’s long batting line-up inexplicably fell apart in ideal conditions.

    Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk (4-0) and new ball seamer Marizanne Kapp (4-14) wrecked the innings with four wickets apiece while fast bowler Shabnim Ismail ended with two for 16.

    In reply, Lizelle Lee stroked a cameo unbeaten 29 from just 16 balls as South Africa coasted to their target off a mere 38 deliveries, to post their second win and remain unbeaten from their three matches.

    In contrast, West Indies have now lost all three games and are winless on tour after also losing all five of their warm-up fixtures.

    The defeat was their second to the Proteas in 10 days following a similar meltdown in their official warm-up in Oakham when they were knocked over for 63.

    Any hopes of making amends for that performance were quickly dashed as Kapp and Ismail produced a telling burst with the new ball to rip the heart out of the West Indies batting and leave the innings in strife at 16 for five in the eighth over.

    Hayley Matthews, the most consistent Windies batsman so far, perished for four in the third over when she played back to one from Ismail that nipped back off the seam and was lbw with just four runs on the board.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor lasted just 10 balls for her four before spectacularly losing her off-stump in the fifth over to one from Ismail that also came back.

    Kapp then turned the game on its head with three wickets in her fourth over, the eighth of the innings, when she sent back debutant opener Reniece Boyce (4), Kyshona Knight (0) and Deandra Dottin (0) in quick succession.

    The right-handed Boyce chipped a return catch to Kapp off the first ball over the over before Knight missed a straightish one on leg-stump and was lbw first ball.

    Dottin then played all around a full length delivery, the fifth of the over, and had her leg-stump uprooted.

    At this stage, West Indies were staring at an historic low but Nation and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira put on 22 for the sixth wicket to steer their side clear of that unwanted record.

    Nation faced 53 balls and struck five fours – most of them streaky shots behind the wicket – while Aguilleira spent 38 balls over her three.

    The partnership ended in the 20th over when Aguilleira missed an ill-advised sweep at van Niekerk and was bowled leg-stump and new batsman Shanel Daley followed without scoring in the leg-spinner’s next over, top-edging a sweep to short backward square.

    Tottering on 42 for seven, there was no resistance from the Windies tail as Afy Fletcher was trapped on her crease and bowled by Kapp without scoring, Nation gifted her wicket by clipping a simple catch to short mid-wicket off van Niekerk before debutant Qiana Joseph was trapped lbw to van Niekerk also without bothering the scorers.

    The Windies malaise extended into their fielding effort as Taylor then put down Lee at square leg and Anisa Mohammed let off Laura Wolvaardt (19 not out) at first slip off successive deliveries from Dottin in the third over.

    Lee went on to stroke six fours in her knock while Wolvaardt counted three – the last of which was a delightful cover-drive off Dottin which took South Africa to victory.

    West Indies will take on New Zealand on Thursday in Taunton.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews lbw b Ismail 4

    R Boyce c & b Kapp 4

    *S Taylor b Ismail 4

    C Nation c Kapp b van Niekerk 26

    Kyshona Knight lbw b Kapp 0

    D Dottin b Kapp 0

    +M Aguilleira b van Niekerk 3

    S Daley c Wolvaardt b van Niekerk 0

    A Fletcher b Kapp 0

    A Mohammed not out 4

    Q Joseph lbw b van Niekerk 0

    Extras (w2, nb1) 3

    TOTAL (all out, 25.2 overs)  48

    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Matthews, 2.3 overs), 2-10 (Taylor, 5), 3-16 (Boyce, 7.1), 4-16 (Kyshona Knight, 7.2), 5-16 (Dottin, 7.5), 6-38 (Aguilleira, 20), 7-42 (Daley, 21.3), 8-43 (Fletcher, 22.3), 9-43 (Nation, 23.5), 10-48 (Joseph, 25.2)

    Bowling: Ismail 6-1-16-2, Kapp 7-2-14-4 (w2, nb1), Khaka 4-2-7-0, Daniels 5-2-11-0, D van Niekerk 3.2-3-0-4.

    SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN

    L Wolvaardt not out 19

    L Lee not out 29

    Extras (w3) 3

    TOTAL (without loss, 6.2 overs) 51

    Did not bat: +T Chetty, M du Preez, M Kapp, C Tryon, *D van Niekerk, S Luus, S Ismail, A Khaka, M Daniels

    Bowling: Dottin 3.2-0-23-0 (w2), Joseph 2-0-19-0, Daley 1-0-9-0.

    Result: South Africa Women won by 10 wickets.

    Points: South Africa Women 2, West Indies Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Marizanne Kapp.

    Toss: South Africa Women.

    Umpires: S Redfern, Sharfuddoula.

  • Crushing defeat puts Windies on verge of series loss

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Another abject batting performance sent West Indies tumbling to a 93-run defeat to India in the third One-Day International here Friday, leaving the embattled Caribbean side with their ninth loss in 12 outings and on the verge of another depressing series result.

    Opting to bowl first at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, they managed to restrict India to 251 for four off their 50 overs, with former skipper MS Dhoni top-scoring with a Man-of-the-Match 78 not out.

    Opener Ajinkya Rahane carved out 72 while Kedar Jadhav struck an attacking unbeaten 40 and Yuvraj Singh, 39.

    Fast bowler Miguel Cummins was the best bowler with two for 56.

    In reply, West Indies never looked the part and slumped to a dreadful 158 all out off 38.1 overs – their second lowest total against India in the Caribbean.

    Jason Mohammed led with 40 and Rovman Powell chipped in with a breezy 30 but no other batsman displayed the type of enterprise required to put the Windies over the line.

    Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin (3-28) and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3-41) claimed three wickets apeice to lead India’s attack.

    The defeat was also the hosts 10th in 12 ODIs at the venue, leaving them without form or confidence heading into Sunday’s fourth match here.

    With the victory, India took a 2-0 lead and will now target their seventh series win over the Windies in 10 years.

    Needing a solid start to their run chase, West Indies got anything but as left-handed Evin Lewis was bowled for two in just the second over of the innings with nine runs on the board, playing back to a quick one from seamer Umesh Yadav which kept a touch low.

    The Hope brothers, Kyle and Shai, then came togther to add 45 for the second wicket and stabilise the innings. Kyle, on debut, looked at ease in his 19 which included three fours while Shai made 24 off 50 balls with two fours, to be one of only three batsmen to pass 20.

    However, Kyle top-edged a hook at pacer Hardik Pandya and was caught at deep backward square in the 13th over, triggering a collapse that saw four wickets tumble for 33 runs in the space of 41 deliveries.

    Roston Chase was completely flummoxed by the third ball he received and bowled by Kuldeep for two in the 14th over while Shai Hope got himself in a tangle against a short ball from Pandya and top-edged a return catch in the 17th over.

    When captain Jason Holder was smartly stumped down the leg-side off Ashwin for six, the Windies were reeling at 87 for five in the 20th but Mohammed and Powell came together in a 54-run sixth wicket partnership to resist India.

    Without being entirely fluent, Mohammed struck four fours in his 61-ball knock while Powell freed his arms to strike five boundaries off 43 deliveries.

    With the partnership threatening, India resorted once again to spin and the move paid dividends. The runs had dried up and pressure was mounting when Powell holed out to backward square off Kuldeep in the 33rd over at 141 for six and in the following over Ashley Nurse (6) squirted Ashwin to a diving Umesh Yadav at square leg with seven runs added.

    All hopes then rested on Mohammed but he missed a sweep at Kuldeep and was lbw in the 37th over and the end came swiftly with Miguel Cummins (1) and debutant Kesrick Williams (1) offering no resistance.

    Dhoni had earlier rescued India after they stumbled to 100 for three in the 27th over in difficult conditions, following a 45-minute delayed start because of rain.

    With Shikhar Dhawan (2) and captain Virat Kohli (11) having fallen cheaply to leave India 34 for two in the 10th over, Rahane put on 66 for the third wicket with Yuvraj before adding a further 70 for the fourth with Dhoni.

    Rahane faced 112 balls and counted four fours and a six before falling to a brilliant diving catch in the deep by Devendra Bishoo off fast bowler Cummins in the 43rd over.

    But Dhoni belted four fours and two sixes off 79 balls and Jadhav struck four fours and a six in his 26-ball cameo, as they put on 81 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand that saw exactly 100 runs gush from the last 10 overs.

    INDIA

    A Rahane c Bishoo b Cummins 72

    S Dhawan c Chase b Cummins 2

    *V Kohli c K Hope b Holder 11

    Yuvraj Singh lbw b Bishoo 39

    +MS Dhoni not out 78

    K Jadhav not out 40

    Extras (lb1, w8) 9

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 251

    Did not bat: H Pandya, R Ashwin, K Yadav, B Kumar, U Yadav

    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Dhawan, 2.4 overs), 2-34 (Kohli, 9.3), 3-100 (Yuvraj Singh, 26.2), 4-170 (Rahane, 42.2)

    Bowling: Cummins 10-0-56-2 (w2), Holder 10-1-53-1 (w2), Williams 10-0-69-0 (w1), Nurse 10-0-34-0 (w1), Bishoo 10-0-38-1 (w2)

    WEST INDIES

    E Lewis b Yadav 2

    K Hope c Jadhav b Pandya 19

    +S Hope c & b Pandya 24

    R Chase b Kuldeep Yadav 2

    J Mohammed lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 40

    *J Holder st Dhoni b Ashwin 6

    R Powell c Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 30

    A Nurse c Yadav b Ashwin 6

    D Bishoo  not out 4

    M Cummins lbw b Ashwin 1

    K Williams b Jadhav 1

    Extras (lb6, w17) 23

    TOTAL (all out; 38.1 overs)  158

    Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Lewis, 1.2 overs), 2-54 (K Hope, 12.4), 3-58 (Chase, 13.4), 4-69 (S Hope, 16.4), 5-87 (Holder, 19.3), 6-141 (Powell, 32.4), 7-148 (Nurse, 34), 8-156 (Mohammed, 36.5), 9-157 (Cummins, 37.3), 10-158 (Williams, 38.1)

    Bowling: Kumar 5-0-19-0, Umesh Yadav 7-0-32-1 (w5), Pandya 6-0-32-2 (w3), Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-41-3, Ashwin 10-1-28-3 (w3), Jadhav 0.1-0-0-1.

    Result: India won by 93 runs.

    Series: India lead five-match series 2-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni.

    Toss: West Indies.

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

  • PREVIEW: Windies search for breakthrough win

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Struggling West Indies face powerhouses India in the pivotal third One-Day International here Friday, desperately needing a victory to halt the rot and make an actual contest of the five-match series.

    They enter the first game of the doubleheader at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium 1-0 down following their 105-run defeat in the second ODI in Trinidad last Sunday, and another defeat here will allow India to put one hand on the series trophy.

    That defeat at Queen’s Park Oval – after the first game was rained out – highlighted perfectly the gulf between the two teams. In a game reduced to 43 overs per side because of rain, India piled up 310 and West Indies stuttered and stumbled their way to 205 for six in reply.

    With much left in the series to play for, however, captain Jason Holder urged improvement especially from his bowlers.

    “We’re only 1-0 down after the first game was rain-interrupted. It’s just obviously a situation where we need to tighten up a bit more on our bowling,” the 25-year-old all-rounder said.

    “Obviously chasing 300-odd in 43 overs is a tough ask. You need to be getting off to a much better start than we did in the last game. We were never able to get off to the good start we were looking for and hence we kept losing wickets in the middle and never got the momentum going into trying to chase 300-odd.”

    In an attempt to turn around their fortunes, West Indies have made two changes to their 13-man squad from the Trinidad doubleheader, calling up the uncapped pair of Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris at the expense of the out-of-form duo of Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter.

    Opener Hope, the 28-year-old brother of Windies star Shai Hope, could make his debut in Powell’s absence and Holder he would be an asset to the side.

    “He brings youthful exuberarance, he’s an energetic fielder and obviously a very good player,” Holder pointed out.

    “He’s done well for us in domestic cricket for a number of years, he’s playing a lot of cricket in Trinidad being a part of that franchise. I played a lot of youth cricket with him …. and he’s always been a phenomenonal scorer.”

    Ambris, too, has scored heavily in both the first class and one-day competition this year, making it hard for selectors to ignore him.

    Nevertheless, they join batting line-up that struggled in the three-match Afghanistan series earlier this month and which need a significant boost in order to start producing in the series.

    Jason Mohammed, the Windies’ most consistent batsman this year, has had lean returns of recent with just nine runs in his three outings and Evin Lewis has gotten starts but still not passed 33.

    With every defeat, West Indies’ chances of an automatic qualfiication for the 2019 World Cup diminish even further, as they need to be in the top eight in the ICC rankings by September 30.

    They are currently ranked number nine after winning just three of their last 16 ODIs, and a series loss will just about write off their chances of an automatic berth.

    SQUADS:

    WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kyle Hope, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams.

    INDIA – Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.

  • Self-belief, runs key to Windies revival: Mohammed

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed on Thursday urged her teammates to relax, rekindle their self-belief and simply express themselves, as the Caribbean side continued to desperately search for solutions to end their demoralising losing streak.

    Speaking in the wake of their latest defeat at the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup – a seven-wicket loss to India Women at County Ground here – Mohammed said while the side comprised of world class players, self-confidence was currently lacking.

    “We just need to relax and keep believing in ourselves. We need to find a way somehow to relax and recuperate, and keep believing that we are great players,” said the 28-year-old who has played in 103 ODIs.

    “I keep saying to the team: people say we are a great T20 team but this is the same team that helped us qualify automatically for this World Cup so we can win 50-over games as well.

    “We just need to keep believing in ourselves and go back to what worked for us in the past three, four years and come out in this World Cup. It’s time we pull everything together.”

    West Indies are winless since arriving in England a month ago with losses to England Women, Southern Vipers and India Women in unofficial warm-up matches, and further defeats to Pakistan Women and South Africa Women in official warm-ups last week.

    Last Monday, they were steamrolled by reigning champions Australia in their opening match of the tournament before going under to India Women on Thursday.

    Arguing that the side was a quality One-Day International unit, the Trinidadian Mohammed said the batsmen needed to up their game if the Windies were to improve their form.

    “I think we need to rotate the strike a bit more in the middle,” she contended.

    “I think we fell short by about 80, 90 runs but I thought that the opener (Smriti Mandhana) played really well. But we need to score some more runs if we want to win games in this tournament.

    “We have some of the greatest players in the world. I think players just need to believe in themselves and believe they can do out and do the job, and just go out and express themselves. As West Indians, we love to express ourselves and we just need to go out there and express ourselves.”

    Sent in, the West Indies batting collapsed yet again as they struggled to gather a modest 183 for eight off their 50 overs.

    In reply, India were reduced to 33 for two at one stage but recovered to easily reached their target thanks to Mandhana’s unbeaten 106.

    Mohammed said the Windies batsmen were good enough that once they got in, they could post big totals.

    “We still believed we could still score over 250 plus. As you can see from today, we have batters all the way down so it’s just a matter of players getting in and staying in and valuing their wickets,” she stressed.

    “It was important for us to get early wickets but defending 186 on a pitch like this we needed a lot more wickets. Unfortunately, the bowlers couldn’t pull it off today.”

  • Windies Women misery increases with India defeat


    TAUNTON, England, CMC – West Indies Women’s misery at the ICC Women’s World Cup continued unabated when they tumbled to a seven-wicket defeat to India Women in their second match here Thursday.

    Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.

    Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.

    At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.

    India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.

    In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.

    The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.

    And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest.

    But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.

    When Raj mis-hit a full toss from off-spinner Matthews to Fletcher at mid-off in the 34th over, Mandhana combined with Mona Meshram (18 not out) in an unbroken 45-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India to their second straight win.

    They lie second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point – along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.

    Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.

    Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over.

    Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.

    The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma.

    With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.

    Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.

    In between, Merissa Aguilleira missed a charge at Yadav and was smartly stumped for six at 80 for four in the 28th over.

    When Kaur removed both Kyshona Knight (5) and Chedean Nation (12), the Windies were in strife at 121 for seven but Daley and then Fletcher arrived to rescue the innings.

    The left-handed Daley struck five fours off 37 balls while the brave Fletcher faced just 23 deliveries and cracked five fours – three of which came in the final over off Kaur which leaked 18 runs.

    West Indies have little time to turn their form around as they take on South Africa in Leicester on Sunday.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews c & b Sharma 43

    F Walters c wkp Verma b Bisht 9

    *S Taylor run out 16

    D Dottin c Raut b Poonam Yadav 7

    +M Aguilleira st Verma b Poonam Yadav 6

    Kyshona Knight c Mandhana b Kaur 5

    C Nation st Verma b Kaur 12

    S Daley st Verma b Sharma 33

    A Fletcher not out 36

    A Mohammed not out 11

    Extras (b2, w3) 5

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 183

    Did not bat: S Connell

    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Walters, 6.1 overs), 2-69 (Matthews, 19), 3-70 (Taylor, 20.1), 4-80 (Aguilleira, 27.3), 5-91 (Dottin, 33.3), 6-91 (Kyshona A Knight, 34.2), 7-121 (Nation, 40), 8-146 (Daley, 45.1)

    Bowling: Goswami 6-0-37-0, Pandey 3-0-13-0, Bisht 10-2-23-1, Sharma 10-1-27-2, Meshram 4-0-20-0 (w2), Yadav 10-2-19-2 (w1), Kaur 7-0-42-2.

    INDIA WOMEN

    P Raut c wkp Aguilleira b Connell 0

    S Mandhana not out 106

    D Sharma b Taylor 6

    *M Raj c Fletcher b Matthews 46

    M Meshram not out 18

    Extras (b3, w6, nb1) 10

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 42.3 overs) 186

    Did not bat: H Kaur, S Pandey, J Goswami, E Bisht, +S Verma, Poonam Yadav

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Raut, 0.5 overs), 2-33 (Sharma, 7.2), 3-141 (Raj, 33.2)

    Bowling: Connell 4-0-23-1 (w2), Dottin 4-0-25-0 (w1, nb1), Taylor 10-1-24-1 (w1), Daley 5-0-24-0 (w2), Mohammed 6-0-25-0, Fletcher 4-0-18-0, Nation 1-0-9-0, Matthews 8.3-0-35-1.

    Result: India Women won by seven wickets.

    Points: India Women 2, West Indies Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Smriti Mandhana.

    Toss: India Women.

    Umpires: S George C Polosak.

  • I have come a long way, says Dottin as 100th ODI looms

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – All-rounder Deandra Dottin is set to join West Indies Women captain, Stafanie Taylor, in playing her 100th One-Day International, when the Caribbean side take on India Women in their second match of the Women’s World Cup on Thursday.

    The 26-year-old has been a linchpin in the Windies side ever since making her international debut nine years ago as a 17-year-old, ironically alongside Tayor.

    “I am feeling really great about that achievement. Having to be playing for the West Indies and playing so many matches,” the Barbadian said.

    “It all happened so fast and it all came so fast that I didn’t realise until the last training session we had yesterday (Tuesday).

    “It means a lot to me because I can actually tell the tale, share my experience with upcoming players [on] how it has been through my [career].”

    Dottin made an unbeaten 33 in her first game and has gone on to accumulate 2366 runs at an average of 27, with 17 half-centuries.

    She pointed to her career-best 95 against Pakistan Women six years ago in Bangladesh as the highlight of her career.

    Over the years, Dottin has added a new dimension to her game and is now an effective seamer with 50 wickets.

    Dottin said she had come a long way from when she had first started as a teenager playing on the streets of Barbados.

    “I’ve made a massive improvement [since I first started]. Where I was back then, I was just a normal, ordinary kid playing cricket and just doing what I came up doing as in playing cricket with my brothers,” she said.

    “After being trained and getting coaching I got more educated about it and it has me in a better place at the moment where I know I have improved a while lot.”

  • 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.