West Indies women strangle India to complete series sweep

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West Indies women strangle India to complete series sweep
West Indies's Hayley Matthews(L)and captain Stafanie Taylor run between the wickets during the World T20 cricket tournament women's final match between Australia and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on April 3, 2016. / AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
West Indies's Hayley Matthews(L)and captain Stafanie Taylor run between the wickets during the World T20 cricket tournament women's final match between Australia and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on April 3, 2016.   / AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE        (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
West Indies’s Hayley Matthews(L)and captain Stafanie Taylor run between the wickets during the World T20 cricket tournament women’s final match between Australia and West Indies at The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata on April 3, 2016. / AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

ESPN – West Indies Women completed a 3-0 sweep of the T20I series against India by comfortably defending 139 in Vijayawada.

The hosts, chasing 140, lost opener VR Vanitha for 0 to a run-out by Stafanie Taylor. Smriti Mandhana and opener Meghna Singh were also dismissed in the Powerplay, reducing India to 32 for 3 at one stage. Veda Krishnamurthy and Harmanpreet Kaur then batted together till the end of the match, adding 92 runs for the fourth wicket.

Krishnamurthy struggled to keep the asking rate even as Kaur managed a 100-plus strike rate, the only batsman to do so in the innings. Krishnamurthy failed to hit a boundary in her 40-ball 31, while Kaur struck three fours and three sixes in her 51-ball 60. India fell 15 runs short with seven wickets still in hand.

After West Indies opted to bat first, they were given a strong start with openers Hayley Matthewsand Taylor adding 61 for the first wicket in 6.4 overs. Matthews did the bulk of the scoring – her 22-ball 47 included seven fours and one six – before Poonam Yadav had her caught behind. Taylor anchored the rest of the innings and finished not out on 44. She added useful partnerships with Kycia Knight (16) and Britney Cooper (11).

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