Campbelle hits career-best but West Indies go down to India
Tournament: Women’s Tri-Series
Opponent: India Women
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Result: India won by 56 runs
A spirited career-best batting performance from Shemaine Campbelle lifted West Indies Women during their second Tri-nation Series T20I against India on Wednesday. The stylish right-hander continues to play with confidence and topscored after West Indies had a bad start to the run chase. In the end she made 47 as West Indies reached 111-4 off their 20 overs, chasing India’s imposing 167-2 off their 20 overs.
West Indies Women stumbled early on in their run chase on 25-3 in the seventh over. Then, captain Hayley Matthews (34 not out) helped Campbelle in a 71-run fourth wicket stand. Campbelle struck five fours and a six, Matthews counted five fours. Campbelle fell in the 18thover of the innings when she clipped a low full toss from left-arm spinner Radha Yadav for Amanjot Kaur to take a brilliant diving catch in the deep.
Assistant Coach Robert Samuels assessed the West Indies overall performance after the match. He said:
“We have to put bigger scores on the board not just batting out the 20 overs. Our focus is to get the batting consistent and to do the basic stuff better, which will bring more confidence. Hayley is getting into some for, Shemaine has had scores in the warm-up and now this match, so little by little we are trying to get things going by the time we get to the World Cup. Hayley couldn’t open as she was dealing with an injury, so she had to bat lower down.”
Earlier, Player-of-the-Match Smriti Mandhana Mandhana struck 74 from 51 balls and Harmanpreet Kaur, 56 off 35 balls – the pair featured in a 115-run, unbroken third wicket stand – as India Women set west indies a challenging target.
West Indies bowled well in the powerplay overs, but India motored on from the 11th over, when Kaur and Mandhana added 107 runs in the last nine overs 20. Shanika Bruce on her West Indies debut, was the pick of the bowlers with the new ball, finishing with figures of 4-0-25-1 while off-spinner Karishma Ramharack took the other wicket to fall.
The West Indies Women will take on South Africa Women on Wednesday January 25. First ball is at 3:00pm local time (9:00am Eastern Caribbean/8:00am Jamaica time).
T20I Tri-Series Match Schedule
(all matches to be played at Buffalo Park, East London)
21 January: vs South Africa, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)- South Africa won by 44 runs
23 January: vs India, 7pm local time (1pm Eastern Caribbean/12noon Jamaica)- India won by 56 runs
25 January: vs South Africa, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)
30 January: vs India, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)
2 February: Tri-Series Final, 3pm local time (9am Eastern Caribbean/8am Jamaica)