Indian eves beat WI by 57 runs in decider, clinch series 3-2
Rajkot: A vital knock of 47 by lower-order batsman Amita Sharma and a disciplined performance by the bowlers helped Indian women beat West Indies by 57 runs in the final ODI and clinch the series 3-2.
Electing to bat first, the hosts made 188 for nine in their allotted 50 overs, and then bundled out West Indies for 131 in 45.4 overs.
India did not enjoy a good start as the visitors made full use of the early morning moisture, reducing the hosts to 65 for five. However, Amita (47 runs, 43b, 3x4), in the company of Rumeli Dhar (32) and skipper Jhulan Goswami (16), guided the team to a fighting total.
For West Indies, Tremayne Smartt was the most successful bowler with figures of two for 27.
Defending a modest score, Jhulan gave India a good start sending back the in-form Stefanie Taylor (2) and rival skipper Merissa Aguilleria (0) within no time.
Amita removed Juliana Nero (8) from the other end.
Shanel Daley tried to stabilise the ship by scoring 63 off 112 balls with the help of six fours, but her efforts were not enough as the hosts bowled a tight line, rarely allowing them to score freely.
Apart from Daley, only Deandra Dottin (21) and Anisha Mohmmad (16) could reach double digits.
For India, Priyanka Roy was the wrecker in chief taking 3-26, while Jhulan Goswami and Gouhar Sultana bagged two wickets each giving away 22 runs and 25 runs respectively.
Brief Scores: India 188 for 9 wickets in 50 overs (Amita Sharma 47 not out, Priyanka Roy 33, Rumeli Dhar 32, Mithali Raj 22, Tremayne Smartt 2-27) beat West Indies 131 in 45.4 overs (Shanel Daley 63, Deandra Dottin 21, Anisha Mohmmad 16, Priyanka Roy 3-26, Jhulan Goswami 2-22, Gouhar Sultana 2-25).