Kycia Knight’s (55 runs, 94b, 5x4) ill-timed reverse sweep proved detrimental both for her and her team as India beat West Indies by 15 runs in the final ODI at Mulapadu cricket playfield here on Wednesday.

With just 27 runs required from 20 balls, Kycia’s risky stroke triggered a slump. Four wickets fell in the gap of 11 runs. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari (four for 34) was the pick of India bowlers who with her nicely tossed up deliveries struck four crucial blows. The Indian eves fielded brilliantly and executed three runs outs.

Earlier India, put into bat, made 199 for six in the allotted 50 overs. The highlight of the day was a stroke-filled 71 (79b, 10x4) by Veda Krishnamurthy, who, along with debutant D. P. Vaidya, stitched a 57-run partnership for the fifth-wicket.

Veda looked for the scoring opportunities right from the word go and seldom hesitated to meet the spinners by coming down the wicket. She took advantage of the reprieve offered by Anisa Mohammad, who dropped a sharp chance at short covers.

Vaidya, who was dropped by Stefaine Taylor, regained her rhythm quickly to play a couple of attractive strokes to help her team progress.

India will meet West Indies in a three-match T20 series which begins from Friday at the same venue.


India: Smriti Mandhana c Stafanie b Deandra 5, Deepti Sharma c Afy b Anisa 23, Mithali Raj c Anisa b Chedean 15, Harmanpreet Kaur lbw Stafanie 19, Veda Krishnamurthy b Chedean 71, D. P. Vaidya (not out) 32, Jhulan Goswami b Shekera 18, Sushma Verma (not out) 4; Extras: (b-5,w-6, nb-1) 12; Total: (for six wickets in 50 overs) 199

Fall of Wickets: 1-6, 2-36, 3-52, 4-103, 5-160, 6-189

West Indies bowling: Shekera Selman 10-2-39-1, Deandra Dottin 9-0-43-1, Chedean Nation 7-2-21-2, Anisa Mohammad 8-0-27-1, Afy Fletcher 4-0-10-0, Hayley Matthews 8-0-36-0, Stafanie Taylor 4-0-10-1.

West Indies: Hayley Matthews lbw Rajeshwari 44, Shaquana Qunityne lbw Deepti 18, Kycia Knight b. Rajeshwari 55, Stafaine Taylor c Sushma b Harmanpreet 14, Deandra Dottin c Jhulan b Vaidya 14, Merissa Aguilleria (run out) 22, Britney Hooper b Rajeshwari 2, Chedean Nation (run out) 5, Afy Fletcher (run out) 2, Anisa Mohammad b. Rajeshwari 3, Shakera Selman (not out) 0; Exras: (w-4, lb-1): 5; (in 49.1 overs): 184.

Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-69, 3-96, 4-120, 5-166, 6-173, 7-174, 8-179, 9-183.

India bowling: Jhulan Goswami 7-1-38-0, Sukanya Parida 5-1-14-0, Ekta Bisht 10-2-34-0, Deepti Sharma 9.1-0-27-1, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 10-1-34-4, Harmanpreet Kaur 4-0-16-1, D.P. Vaidya 4-0-20-1.

Toss: West Indies