T20 WC: India beat Windies in final warm-up fixture
Brisbane: The Indian women’s team on Tuesday registered a thrilling two-run victory over West Indies in their final warm-up fixture ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
After setting a small target of 108, the Women in Blue came out with a brilliant bowling performance and restricted Windies to 105/7 in their allotted 20 overs at the Allan Border Field.
Opting to bat, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side never got any momentum during the course of their innings as they lost wickets at regular intervals and could manage 107/8. Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma contributed with 24 and 21 and helped the team cross the 100-run mark.
For West Indies, Shamilia Connell and Anisa Mohammed scalped two wickets each and were quite economical as well.
However, the Indian bowlers came out with a much improved performance and kept the pressure on the Windies batters from the word go.
Right-arm leg-spinner Poonam Yadav was the chief tormentor as she picked up three wickets in her four overs. Lee-Ann Kirby played a well-compiled knock of 42. However, her efforts didn’t prove enough as the Stafanie Taylor-led side fell short by two runs.
During the course of the game, Shakera Selman hurt her neck while taking a catch and was sent to the city hospital for precautionary scans.
India’s first warm-up fixture against Pakistan was washed out on Sunday.
The team will open their T20 World Cup campaign against defending champions Australia on Friday in Sydney.
Brief Scores: India Women 107/8 (Shikha Pandey 24; Anisa Mohammed 2/16); West Indies Women 105/7 (Lee-Ann Kirby 42; Poonam Yadav 3/20)