West Indies set target of 184 runs for India

India take on West Indies in their second outing of ICC Women's World Cup 2017 at County Ground in Taunton on June 29, Thursday.

Chasing the target of 184, India were 64 for 2 in 17 overs, a short while ago.

This is the second consecutive for India in this tournament. 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.

Matthews had earlier top-scored for West Indies with 43 at the top of the order but only four players in the top six made double figures against a disciplined India bowling display.

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.

India lead the rubber 1-0 after winning the second one-day global in Port of Spain by 105 runs. If West Indies managed to cross 180, it was due to Fletcher and her 37-run stand with Anisa Mohammed (11).

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Rahane did not make the India team for the recent Champions Trophy in England, but he grabbed his chance to impress the selectors.

Smriti Mandhana scored 106 off 108 balls. Brimming with confidence after upstaging England, India would look to continue the winning momentum when they take on the West Indies. India could have been in a spot of bother at 33 for 2 but with a seasoned campaigner like Mithali at the other end, Mandhana went for her shots without much pressure.

India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their next match at Taunton on Monday.

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.

The Indian spinners - Poonam Yadav (2/19), Deepti Sharma (2/27), Harmanpreet Kaur (2/42) and Ekta Bisht (1/23) - shared seven wickets to rattle the West Indian batting line-up.

  • Tabitha Byrd