Daley fights but Windies lose fifth ODI

Rajkot, India – Shanel Daley made a career-best 63 but it failed to guide the West Indies Women to a series win over India on Wednesday.

The compact left-hander from Jamaica hit six boundaries in her 112-ball innings, as Windies fell for 131 off 45.4 over, to lose by 57 runs at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground.

The 22-year-old Daley added 43 for the fifth wicket with Deandra Dottin to help the Windies Women recovered a wobbly 60-4 in the 22nd over. After Dottin was run out for 21 in the 38th over, West Indies Women lost their way, and six wickets for 28 in the space of 51 balls.

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The victory gave India the series 3-2. West Indies won the first match by nine wickets at Mumbai, the home team rebounded with a 10-run victory at Vadodara, where the Windies Women also won the third match by three wickets, before the Indians won the penultimate match by 10 runs in Rajkot.

Choosing to field, Windies Women had India Women reeling on 88-6 in the 30th over, but Amita Sharma hit the top score of 47 from 58 balls to help the home team reach a competitive 188-9 off their 50 overs.

West Indies Women suffered a huge setback at the start of their chase, when their leading batter Stafanie Taylor was leg-before to Jhulan Goswami, the India captain, for two in the third over.

The two teams will now contest three Twenty20 Internationals on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at Ahmedabad.

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