Smriti Mandhana hundred for India scuppers West Indies



Mithali Raj missed out on her record extending eighth consecutive half-century in ODI cricket, falling agonisingly short of the mark by four runs, but another strong batting display from opener Smriti Mandhana sealed a comfortable seven-wicket victory for India against the West Indies in their second match of the ICC Women's World Cup on Thursday. In 2009, India took the winning track once again and easily chased the target of 85 runs. Alternatively you can sign in to watch Australia against New Zealand on Sky Sports Xtra and the iPad, while South Africa's match against West Indies will be available on the iPad only from 10.20am. He gave only 9 runs in the 5 overs taking 2 wickets with maiden in the last match. However, statistical favourites India need to put on the pressure while fielding and win this to maintain their top four position in the round robin format of the first round. If West Indies managed to cross 180, it was due to Fletcher and her 37-run stand with Anisa Mohammed (11).

Smriti Mandhana scored 106 off 108 balls.

On the other hand, the West Indies will be looking to make amends for their shoddy show as they return to Taunton to take on India, whom they have never beaten in World Cup encounters.

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag led the plaudits for Mandhana, calling her "outstanding", while Snehal Pradhan, ex-India Women's player, too lauded the southpaw's century.

The Indian innings was off to a poor start with West Indies pacer Shamilia Connell sending back opener Poonam Raut in the very first over.

India will next play Pakistan on Sunday.

The Indian spinners - Poonam Yadav (2/19), Deepti Sharma (2/27), Harmanpreet Kaur (2/42) and Ekta Bisht (1/23) - shared seven wickets to rattle the West Indian batting line-up.

India top order will look to continue its domination over the West Indies bowler while the veteren batsman Yuvraj Singh & Mahendra Singh Dhoni will hope to hit the ball with the middle of the bat.

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