EAST LONDON, South Africa (CMC) – Captain Hayley Matthews, even with her best efforts, could not hide her disappointment when her injury-riddled West Indies Women slumped to an eight-wicket loss to India Women in their final game of the Twenty20 International Tri-Series,to extend their depressing losing streak to nine games here Monday.
In an all too familiar tale, the Caribbean side's batsmen once again failed to shine and could only muster a meagre 94 for six from their 20 overs, after being sent in at Buffalo Park.
And opener Jemimah Rodrigues then struck an unbeaten 42 from 39 balls while Harmanpreet Kaur carved out 32 not out off 23 deliveries, India Women coasting to their target with 37 balls to spare.
For West Indies Women, the defeat was their fourth in as many matches in the tournament, coming on the back of their 5-0 series whitewash to England Women in the Caribbean last December.
"It was a bit difficult for the team results-wise, but at the same time we understand what we're going through at the moment," said Matthews.
"We still have a lot of senior players injured. It was really good to have Aliyah Alleyne back today (Monday), but obviously the absence of Chinelle Henry and Stafanie Taylor plays a massive role when it comes to our batting line-up."
Due to their injury crisis, West Indies Women handed debuts to the Under-19 World Cup pair of Jannillea Glasgow and Zaida James, and also included Djenaba Joseph and Trishan Holder who also participated in the recent ICC showpiece here but who made their international debuts last year.
Rashada Williams (8) and Shemaine Campbelle (0) were early casualties — both bowled by Player-of-the-Match off-spinner Deepti Sharma (3-11) with successive deliveries in the fourth over.
Matthews, who top-scored with a run-a-ball 34 with five fours, added 21 for the third wicket with Joseph (3) before perishing to a catch at the wicket off seamer Pooja Vastrakar (2-19) in the 12th over.
The left-handed James, with two fifties in the Under-19 World Cup, punched 21 not out from 31 deliveries with a couple of sixes, helping to add 21 for the sixth wicket with Alleyne (9) and get her side past 90.
Defending their small total, West Indies Women struck early when fast bowler Shamilia Connell bowled Smriti Mandhana for five in the second over with eight runs on the board.
However, Rodrigues led India Women's recovery, first in a 33-run, second wicket stand with Harleen Deol (13) and then in an unbroken 54-run, third-wicket partnership with Kaur.
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