Women's World T20 India vs West Indies as it happened: Nail-biting defeat sends India out

Mar, 27 2016 IST

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    India's defeat has slightly gone under the radar given Afghanistan's momumental win over West Indies in Nagpur. It has been a disappointing tournament for India, but they will take heart from the fight they have shown in all three defeats.

    On that note, it's goodbye from us here at Firstpost. The big match, India vs Australia, is around the corner. Hop on over to the live blog!

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    Final word from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor

    A brilliant last over from Dottin and some poor running by India mean that the WI are into the semis.

    After it looked like India needed a miracle, Jhulan provided a glimpse with some big hitting, but her run out the next ball changed things .

    With 10 required off the last over, Dottin bowled well, despite conceding a boundary, to knock India out of the WT20. 

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    It's all over. India are out of the Women's World T20, after yet another nail-biting defeat. They fought-hard but ultimately the batting let them down again

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    Back-to-back wickets and Dottin has India on the brink. 9 down, 5 needed off 1. 

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    FOUR! Hang on, Shikha hits a four and equation is down to 5 off 3 

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    OUT! India are staring at an exit. Ekta is bowled the first ball of the last over.

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    Oh, dear! Unnecessary run-out and Jhulan has to go back. Big wicket. #IND need 10 from 6 balls. Jhulan hit a big six in that over straight back and then off the next ball, is out running a non-existent 2nd run. 

    India need 10 runs from the last over.

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    OUT! Anuja goes after a busy innings of 26 off 27 balls, Trapped LBW.  Jhulan finally managed a boundary in that over.

    India need 20 from 12 balls

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    Still no boundaries, as Dottin concedes just 5 runs.

    29 runs from 18 balls req'd. 

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    India are struggling to find the boundaries. Jhulan not able to connect the big-hits. 

    India 80/4 after 16 overs, need 35 from 24 balls

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    Insights from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor

    This match is swaying both ways. Mandhana departed after hitting a six the previous over, pressure back on India. 

    Mandhana tried to go for a shot that isn't her natural game, a late cut, but only chopped the ball onto the stumps. Patil was busy at the crease, using the angles to manipulate the ball into gaps , but with no power. 

     

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    India need 40 off 30. Another over with just singles. Where is the big over going to come from for India?

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    Big crowd gathered now, but match slipping away from India's grip. 69/4 after 14 overs. Need 46 from 36 balls

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    Severely affects India's chances, Smriti's wickets

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    OUT! Smriti Mandhana, just as she was getting into groove, plays on. Nothing shot that was from India's star batter. India's chances take a big hit

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    Much-need big over for India. Smriti with a big hit in the 12th over, dances down and hits a full-toss over long-on. She is key to India's chances. 12 runs from 12th. 

    After 12 overs India 62/3, need 53 from 48 balls

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    Insights from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor

    West Indies have taken control in the last few overs. Some tight bowling by their spinners dried up the runs, and prised out the wicket of Harmanpreet, who was struggling to rotate strike.

    Off spinner Anisa Mohammed, the only female player with 100 T20 wickets, and leggie Afy Fletcher bowled well in tandem. India will now need to rely on the all-rounders Patil and Pandey, as well as Smriti Mandhana, who needs to score quicker as well. 

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    Insights from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor

    West Indies have taken control in the last few overs. Some tight bowling by their spinners dried up the runs, and prised out the wicket of Harmanpreet, who was struggling to rotate strike.

    Off spinner Anisa Mohammed, the only female player with 100 T20 wickets, and leggie Afy Fletcher bowled well in tandem. India will now need to rely on the all-rounders Patil and Pandey, as well as Smriti Mandhana, who needs to score quicker as well. 

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    OUT! That's a big, big blow for India as Harmanpreet hits it straight to deep cover. It looked like she had made good contact. But placement was poor.

    India 39/3 after 9 overs. Need 76 off 66 balls.

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    Just ones and twos for India here as West Indies are turning to spin. Consolidation going on here but too many dot balls will bother India

    After 8 overs India are 36/2 (Smriti 9, Harmanpreet 6)

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    Just ones and twos for India here as West Indies are turning to spin. Consolidation going on here but too many dot balls will bother India

    After 8 overs India are 36/2 (Smriti 9, Harmanpreet 6)

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    Insights from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor
     
    Well the power play has had everything! Wides, wickets, boundaries, beats, and some dot balls as well. 
     
    I said India needed to be aggressive, and Veda Krishnamurthy knows no other way. After Mithali was caught behind for a golden duck, Veda attacked the both the pace of Shamilia Connell and the off spin of Taylor.
     
    Connell was working up some serious pace, bowling in the high 110s. She had a deep point and was banging the ball in on the off side, very stereotype West Indies. It was the pace of Dottin that got the wicket though, removing Veda and putting the brakes on the Indian run rate. 
     
    West Indies used only one over of spin in the first six overs, and the pace bowlers put the brakes on the scoring once Veda was out. The fifth over was a maiden. 

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    Maiden over from Connell. Pressure building on India top order again. 23/2 after 5 overs 

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    OUT! Oh, dear! Soft. soft dismissal as in-form Veda Krishnamurthy hits a short ball straight to midwicket. Dottin strikes off her very first ball. 22/2 after 3.1 overs.

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    Veda has been promoted to No. 3 today & she starts off with three 4s in her first 10 balls. Make that four boundaries in 11 balls as she races to 17! Veda is looking in great touch out there. Off Taylor's 2nd over, she hits three fours. One sweep and two over long-on. Cornell follows up with a good over for just two runs.

    After 3 overs India 21/1, Target 115

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    After 1 over India 7/0

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    Hence Veda getting promoted to No. 3. This is not the start India wanted. Mithali's composure would have been very crucial.

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    OUT! What a start for West Indies women. Connell strikes in the very first over & Captain Mithali is gone for a duck. A golden duck for the captain. Big blow for India,.

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    India's chase is underway. Mithali and Smriti out in the middle...

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    Insights from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor

    India struck gold when Patil caught Taylor brilliantly at long on. Was a big wicket. Its not an easy pitch for a new batter to come in, and Patil promptly got another left handed out. She gave away just four runs in the penultimate over too.

    Dutton perished too in the last over, with Veda taking a real skier in the last over. With those two gone, West Indies could not get the happy ending they wanted to the innings. Harmanpreet took two more wickets in the over, and WI finished below par.

    WI will be nervous with this total, but runs on the board in a must win game are more precious than they look. India bowled 18 overs of spin, West Indies might take a cue from that.

    India will need to bat care free, not care less, like they have done so well in the last three months. Certainly gettable these runs.

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    Harmanpreet finishes with 3-0-23-4. India will be happy with this, you presume after that big partnership between Taylor & Dottin

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    OUT! 3 wickets in the last over from Harmanpreet Kaur as India finish strongly. She cleans up Connell with what seemed like a googly.

    After 20 overs, West Indies finish on 114/8

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    OUT! Two wickets in two balls for Harmanpreet. Campbell is caught & bowled. This is a very good last over from Harmanpreet.

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    OUT! Dottin goes for the big shot in the last over but can't get the distance. Harmanpreet strikes in the last over.

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    OUT! Anuja Patil, after a super catch to get Taylor, bowls King -- plays it on to her stumps.

    West Indies 109/5 after 19 overs 

     

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    OUT! Crucial breakthrough for India but not before Stefanie Taylor has played a brilliant knock - a captain's innings. She hits Harmanpreet to Anuja Patil at long-on who completes a super catch. Taylor goes for 47 off 45

    West Indies 105/4 after 18 overs

     

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    Very clever batting by West Indies. Mithali clearly reluctant to use  Dottin hits two 4s in 17th over. That's now 42 runs in last five overs. Then Dottin hits first six of the match as she hits Harmanpreet over square leg for maximum. West Indies are heading for a big finish. 

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    Insights from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor

    West Indies are building a launch pad under the guise of taking singles and the odd boundary. Mithali needed to do something different, and she brought in Harmanpreet Kaur to bowl. Mithali will need to manage her bowlers, get the feeling she is hoping she doesnt need to use Jhulan again, given that she went for three boundaries in her first two overs. 

     
    Last four overs have gone for 31 runs. Something's gotta give here in the last four.
     
    After 16 overs West Indies 84/3

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    Stefanie Taylor, the captain, is looking set to add a few more to this total.

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    Taylor and Dottin have put on a run-a-ball 36 after that triple strike from India. Looking dangerous for a big finish

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    Poonam Yadav with her loopy leg spin is keeping things tight. You sense the big shots are around the corner for the West Indies women. 

    After 12 overs, West Indies 53/3 (Taylor (C) 21, Dottin 19)

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    Insights from Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and Firstpost contributor

    Mithali has been spot on with the bowling changes. First the off spinner against the left hander, then leggie Poonam Yadav as soon as Deandra Dottin came in. Dottin will think twice before using her feet to Yadav who is deceptive in the air. 

    Taylor and Dottin rebuilding a bit. Taylor has 110 runs in the previous three matches. Dottin is not falling into Yadav's trap , preferring to stay in the crease and use the horizontal bat shots.

    This innings is set up nicely for the last 10 overs. 

     West Indies 44/3 after 10 overs (Taylor (C) 13, Dottin 18)

Preview: India will face the West Indies in a must-win contest to keep alive their slight chances of qualifying for the Women's World Twenty20 semi-finals at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday.

India started their campaign with a comprehensive win against Bangladesh but thereafter lost two consecutive games against arch-rivals Pakistan and England to have their chances to qualify for the semis in more than a spot of bother.

On the other hand, the West Indies come into the match after losing a thriller to England, before beating Bangladesh and Pakistan. They will have the upper hand against India as a win will take them through to the semi-finals. But the hosts have only one game to prove themselves, to remain in the competition.

Mithali Raj. PTI

Mithali Raj. PTI

India who have lost previous matches to England by two wickets and Pakistan by two runs, have to do their homework well before getting ready for their last Group B clash.

India skipper Mithali Raj, who has a good amount of experience at the international level, will aim to deliver yet again on Sunday alongside Vellaswamy Vanitha, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy with the bat.

In the bowling department, Ekta Bisht, Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav and vice-captain Jhulan Goswami will be the key.

The West Indies have a balanced side with Stafanie Taylor turning out to be the match-winner with both bat and ball for the team in most outings. Dean Dottin, Healey Matthews and Shaquana Quintyne among others are the ones to watch out for.

The squads:

India: Mithali Raj (captain), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Thirush Kamini, Veda Krishnamurthy, Nagarajan Niranjana, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Vellaswamy Vanitha.

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman, Shemaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Shaquana Quintyne.

IANS