India women knocked out of World T20 after three-run loss to WI

Playing the first of the double-header in front of their male colleagues, the Indian women restricted West Indies to 114 before losing by three runs in the Group B contest. West Indies’ third win helped it reach the semifinals.

Jhulan Goswami's run-out in the penultimate over tilted the contest in West Indies' favour.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

West Indies experienced two contrasting finishes in two matches: after a last-ball loss against England, a three-run win over India.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

India fell short by a whisker against West Indies in spite of Anuja Thakur's fine all-round performance and Jhulan Goswami's late charge to bow out of the women's World T20 at the PCA Stadium here on Sunday. Playing the first of the double-header in front of their male colleagues, the Indian women restricted West Indies to 114 before losing by three runs in the Group B contest. West Indies’ third win helped it reach the semifinals.

The Indian spinners bowled well after Mithali Raj elected to field. Ekta Bisht and Anuja Patil stuck to a tight line on a slow pitch to keep the West Indians quiet and claim three early wickets.

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In the fourth over, left-armer Ekta bowled Hayley Matthews with a delivery that kept low.

Kyshona Knight missed the line to be adjudged lbw off Anuja in the next over. Anuja then removed Shaquana Quintyne to reduce West Indies to 26 for three in the seventh over.

Stability for WI

However, captain Stafanie Taylor (47 off 45 balls) and Deandra Dottin (45 off 40), played sensibly to add 77 runs in 11 overs and script the Caribbean team's fightback. Stafanie cut, pulled and drove to get five boundaries, while Deandra chose the leg side to pick as many fours. They rotated the strike well and ensured a competitive aggregate for West Indies.

Harmanpreet Kaur, who was introduced in the 15th over, bagged four wickets in her three overs, including three in her last. Her biggest contribution was breaking the Stafanie-Deandra partnership by having Stafanie brilliantly caught by Anuja, who eventually secured three wickets, at long-on.

India was off to a disappointing start, losing Mithali in the very first delivery. Veda Krishnamurthy gathered a quick 18, containing four fours, but sooner than later India was three down for 39.

Anuja (26) added 23 runs with opener Smriti Mandhana (22) and 31 runs with Jhulan (25) to keep India on track. Anuja's departure in the 18th over jolted India's progress but it was Jhulan's run out, following her cameo, which dashed India's hopes.

The host needed 10 runs from the last over but managed seven at the expense of three wickets. Deandra picked up three wickets to be named the player of the match.

The scores:

West Indies: Hayley Matthews b Ekta 6 (12b, 1x4), Stafanie Taylor c Anuja b Harmanpreet 47 (45b, 5x4), Kyshona Knight lbw b Anuja 0 (4b), Shaquana Quintyne b Anuja 4 (10b), Deandra Dottin c Veda b Harmanpreet 45 (40b, 5x4), Stacy-Ann King b Anuja 2 (3b), Shemaine Campbelle c&b Harmanpreet 1 (3b), Merissa Aguilleira (not out) 5 (2b), Shamilia Connell b Harmanpreet 0 (1b), Extras lb-1, w-3) 4, Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 114

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Haley), 2-17 (Kyshona), 3-26 (Shaquana), 4-103 (Stafanie), 5-107 (Stacy-Ann), 6-109 (Deandra), 7-109 (Shemaine), 8-114 (Shamilia).

India bowling: Jhulan Goswami 2-0-13-0, Ekta Bisht 4-1-12-1, Anuja Patil 4-0-16-3, Poonam Yadav 4-0-24-0, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 3-0-25-0, Harmanpreet Kaur 3-0-23-4.

India: Mithali Raj c Aguilleira b Shamilia 0 (1b), Smriti Mandhana b Afy 22 (27b, 1x4, 1x6), Veda Krishnamurthy c Stacy-Ann b Deandra 18 (16b, 4x4), Harmanpreet Kaur c Kyshona b Afy 7 (20b), Anuja Patil lbw b Shaquana 26 (27b, 1x4), Jhulan Goswami (run out) 25 (19b, 1x4, 1x6), Shikha Pandey (run out) 6 (5b, 1x4), Ekta Bisht b Deandra 1 (2b), Sushma Verma c Anisa b Deandra 1 (2b), Poonam Yadav (not out) 1 (1b), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (not out) 0 (0b), Extras (w-4) 4,

Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 111.

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Mithali), 2-22 (Veda), 3-39 (Harmanpreet), 4-62 (Smriti), 5-93 (Anuja), 6-104 (Jhulan), 7-105 (Ekta), 8-110 (Shikha).

West Indies bowling: Shamilia Connell 4-1-15-1, Stafanie Taylor 2-0-23-0, Deandra Dottin 4-0-16-3, Anisa Mohammed 3-0-23-0, Afy Fletcher 4-0-15-2, Shaquana Quintyne 3-0-19-1.

Toss: India, elected to field.

Result: West Indies won by three runs.

Player of the match: Deandra Dottin.