Windies and India set for decider on Tuesday

Rajkot, India – West Indies Women lost to India Women by 10 runs on Monday to leave the five-match One-Day International Series level 2-2, with one match to play.

Batting second on a good pitch, the Windies girls made 206 off 49.5 overs after they restricted the India to 216-4 off their 50 overs at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground.

The match was highlighted by superb batting performances by two of the game’s best players. In India’s innings Mithali Raj made a brilliant 109 not out off 106 balls to guide the innings. When the Windies batted, Stafanie Taylor made 83 off 129 balls to continue her superb run of form. Earlier in the match she took 2-32 off 10 over with her off-spin. The knock was Taylor’s second half-century of the series and she is now the leading run-maker with 218 runs at average of 72.66.

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The series will be decided with the fifth match at same venue on Tuesday. First ball is 9.30 am (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean Time/11 pm Monday Jamaica Time). West Indies Coach Sherwin Campbell said his team will be ready for the series-decider. He also praised Mitahli Raj and Taylor for their fine batting.

“Today we saw two outstanding innings. Raj from India played really well for them. She’s a class player and got a well-compiled century. For us, Taylor again batted brilliantly and she continues to show why she is potentially the best batter in the world. She is also bowling really well and is a major asset to the team and West Indies cricket,” Campbell said.

Looking ahead to Tuesday, he said: “We have to give it all we have in the last match. We have come a long way and it would be great if we can win the series. We are not looking at the fact that they are ranked ahead of us [in the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings]. It is clear that we can beat them and win the series but we need to do it on the field and prove it. It has been a good series so far and we want to finish off with a win and take the series.”