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Highlights ICC Women's World Cup 2017, India vs West Indies, cricket result: Raj and Co win by seven wickets

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June 29, 2017 - 21:56 (IST)

In the other WWC game, captain Meg Lanning's career-best 152 helped guide Australia to victory against Sri Lanka.

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June 29, 2017 - 21:48 (IST)

The Indian spinners first confined West Indies to a chaseable total of 183 despite a poor fielding effort. West Indies started their bowling effort perfectly by grabbing a wicket in the very first over and then another before the first Powerplay. But then Smriti Mandhana and captain Mithali Raj got together to steady things and build a match-winning partnership. After Raj's dismissal, the tenacious 20-year-old batted responsibly to score her 2nd ODI century and ensured India go into their next fixture against Pakistan with vital momentum. 

June 29, 2017 - 21:42 (IST)
That's all from me from Taunton. See you at the next Indian game -2nd July vs Pakistan- for another live blog with Firstpost.  
 
 

June 29, 2017 - 21:42 (IST)

There was a small but noisy band of Indian supporters at the ground, and the Indian team went up to them to thank them after the game. It's good to see gestures like this. Mona Meshram is out taking catches, which is good to see; catching was a concern for India again today. 

Overall, one step closer to their first goal, the semi finals. While Mandhana will grab headlines, this victory belongs to the spinners. 

June 29, 2017 - 21:40 (IST)

Stafanie Taylor, West Indies captain: Disappointing! This was the second time (in the World Cup) our batting failed. When you look back you realise that is where you went wrong, also our bowling needs a bit of work.

June 29, 2017 - 21:38 (IST)

India captain, Mithali Raj: I am very pleased with the way girls responded today. Though there were a few fielding lapses but the spinners bowled well. A good hundred from Mandhana was much needed because we lost two early wickets. We have a couple of games and we need to focus on fielding.

June 29, 2017 - 21:37 (IST)

India's victory was built around a fine century from 20-year-old Smriti Mandhan.

June 29, 2017 - 21:32 (IST)

Smriti Mandhana wins the Player of the Match award for her 108-ball 106 run knock.

Mandhana: I was quite nervous when I was on 90 but my partner helped me through it. I didn't want to play a rash shot. This knock is special because we were chasing and my first hundred we lost the match against Australia, and this comes in the World Cup. 

June 29, 2017 - 21:28 (IST)

This is India's 2nd straight victory at Women's World Cup 2017.

June 29, 2017 - 21:28 (IST)
This is India's sixth consecutive victory against West Indies in Women's World Cup. 

Preview: Fresh after a 35-run victory over strong title contenders England in their opening encounter of the ongoing Women's Cricket World Cup, India have displayed a swagger and quick moves on the field that make them look ominous.

The Indian eves are all prepared to take on the brilliant yet erratic West Indies on County Ground, Taunton, on Thursday.

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India's Mithali Raj and West Indies's Stafanie Taylor. Agencies

The West Indies are the injured tigresses on the prowl waiting for their first win after a humiliating eight-wicket drubbing by the Australian girls who are prone to middle-order collapse against big teams.

In their first encounter against the Aussies, the West Indies lost their last seven wickets for less than 60 runs.

In the head to head records, India have a 5-0 advantage over the West Indies in World Cup ODIs over a stretch of two decades —1993 to 2013.

The West Indies have set a brilliant record in scoring runs and are consistently improving their rankings in ODIs, but are prone to sudden batting collapses.

Having finished as runners-up position in the last World Cup where India were seventh, the West Indies have already set a barometer against India, as they are seeking their first World Cup victory.

Leading the attack is Diandra Dottin, the hardest hitter of the leather ball in the women's game. Skipper Stafanie Taylor — arguably the best all-rounder in the game — former skipper Merissa Aguilleira, who is swift behind the wickets and Hayley Matthews' experience could create problems for the Indians.

The Indian bowlers will have to refrain from bowling anything in the arch and short deliveries which are likely to be dispatched towards, or over the boundary ropes with disdain.

The Carribbeans are mercurial and place their strength in chasing. 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.

India skipper Mithali Raj is in the most destructive form of her career and has scored consecutive seven half-centuries. She has been unbeaten in six of those innings.

Openers Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut are expected to give India an explosive start.

The concern for India is running between wickets and wicket-keeping by an inconsistent Sushma Verma who missed two chances that oscillated the game towards England in the last match.

Historically, Indian wins are dependent on caught-behinds and stumpings in which Anju Jain holds a record of 31 dismissals that includes 17 stumps and 14 catches.

With a dominating 5-0 record against the West Indies across five World Cups, India remain at an advantageous position with 155 runs in the first face-off against the West Indies in 1993.

In the year 1997, West Indies were unable to chase a target of 145 runs and managed just 83. In 2005, the West Indies set a handsome score of 135 that India chased successfully. In 2009, India took the winning track once again and easily chased the target of 85 runs.

The year 2013 brought another opportunity where India scored 284 runs, marking its highest total in the history of the World Cup, with the West Indies folding up at 179 runs.

Thirush Kamini and Punam Raut had produced a record breaking partnership of 175 runs.

Top order batting and middle overs bowling along with conversion of half-chances into run-outs, are India's strength and can easily rely on these two departments for their victory.

With inputs from IANS

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