Stafanie Taylor stars in Windies win

West Indies lived up to its reputation as world champion, as it posted a comfortable six-wicket win against India in the first tie of the three-match T-20 series at Mulapadu cricket playfield here on Friday.

Stefanie Taylor scored 80 off just 51 balls to guide West Indies to a win.   -  PTI

West Indies lived up to its reputation as world champion, as it posted a comfortable six-wicket win against India in the first tie of the three-match T-20 series at Mulapadu cricket playfield here on Friday.

A swashbuckling 90 (51b, 12x4, 3x6) by skipper Stafanie Taylor and her 70-run third wicket partnership with Merissa Aguilleria saw the visitor reaching the target with five balls to spare.

Indian bowling looked sedentary with the spinners giving enough room and also bowling too many good length deliveries allowing batters to accumulate runs in a clinical manner.

Taylor made mincemeat of the India attack by whacking three huge sixes and 12 boundaries and as many as seven bowlers were deployed to halt Windies juggernaut but in vain.

Earlier, India, electing to bat, made 150 for four in the allotted 20 overs, thanks to a 88-run third-wicket partnership between skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (68runs, 50b, 6x4, 1x6) and Veda Krishnamurthy (50 runs, 46b, 4x6, 1x6).

Opener Smirti Mandhana gave her a team a flying start smacking a six and four in her brief 13-ball stay. With Vanitha leaving in the third over, the onus was on the skipper and the in-form Veda, who responded well clearing fence with their attractive strokes.

India registered 48 runs in the last five overs and the final one over saw India scoring 19 runs off a National over with Harman and Jhulan hitting three huge sixes.

India meets Windies in the second match on Sunday.

Scores

India 150/4 (Veda Krishnamurthy 50, Harmanpreet Kaur 68*, Shakera Selman 2/26) lost to West Indies 154/4 in 19.1 overs (Stafanie Taylor 90, Shikha Pandey 3-31)