The Indian women’s cricket team registered a 5-0 series whitewash over West Indies in their kitty after they recorded a 61-run triumph in the fifth and final T20 International in Providence (Guyana) on Wednesday (November 20).
Half-centuries from Veda Krishnamurthy (57 not out) and Jemimah Rodrigues (50) in a partnership of 117 runs for the third wicket contributed to the team scoring 134 for 3 after electing to bat.
The decision seemed to have backfired when India were reduced to 17 for 2 in the fourth over with Shafali Verma (9) and captain Smriti Mandhana (7) getting out cheaply. But the Rodrigues-Krishnamurthy duo steadied the innings and took the side to a decent total.
Rodrigues needed 56 balls for her 50, which was studded with three boundaries, while Krishnamurthy’s unbeaten 57 came off 48 deliveries, which included four hits to the fence.
In the West Indies run chase, the Indian Women bowlers produced a disciplined performance to restrict the hosts to 73 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs.
The clinical show of Indian bowlers reduced West Indies to 13 for 2 in the fourth over and they never recovered from that. Half of their batters were out for 53 runs in the 14th over.
Opener Kyshona Knight was the top-scorer with 22 while Shemaine Campbelle remained not out on 19.
For India Women, off-spinner Anuja Patil grabbed two wickets for just three runs while Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Pooja Vastrakar and Harleen Deol took a wicket each.
India Women: 134 for 3 in 20 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues 50, Veda Krishnamurthy 57 not out; Hayley Matthews 1/23)
West Indies Women: 73 for 7 in 20 overs (Kyshona Knight 22; Anuja Patil 2/3).
(With inputs from agencies)