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Windies Women lose again in rain-hit contest

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Not even a nearly farcical nine-over per side affair could snap West Indies Women's losing streak as they slid to a five-run defeat to India in the penultimate Twenty20 International here Sunday.

After an extended delay at the start forced a massive reduction in overs, India scrambled to 50 for seven with off-spinner Hayley Matthews claiming three for 13, and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher (2-2) and off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond (2-10) finishing with two wickets apiece.

Twenty-year-old Pooja Vastrakar was the only one to reach double figures with 10, as India never found their momentum after being asked to bat.

Matthews set the tone early when she removed dangerous 15-year-old Shefali Verma for seven in the opening over with the score on eight, holing out to long on off the fifth ball of the game.

And Matthews returned in the third over to strike twice, first having the opener Jemimah Rodrigues (6) brilliantly taken on the ropes at midwicket by Kyshona Knight and then getting Veda Krishnamurthy (5) to pick out Natasha McLean at mid-off.

Fletcher and Grimmond both followed up with tight spells to ensure India's stroke-makers were kept in check.

In reply, West Indies came up short at 45 for five off their allotted overs, Matthews and Chinelle Henry both top-scoring with 11 and McLean chipping in with 10.

They were in good shape at 31 for two at the start of the eighth but lost three key wickets to watch their victory bid fizzle out.

India lead 4-0 in the five-match series which concludes here tomorrow.


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