Indian eves shine again in 4th T20I against WI
Guyana: The Indian eves once again dominated the West Indies women as they registered a 5-run win over them to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match rubber here.
Anisa Mohammed won the toss for the fourth time and West Indies elected to bowl first, a decision that paid dividends in a match reduced to 9-overs aside because of the weather disruption.
The West Indies slow bowlers were all over the India batters who looked to maximize their scoring in the limited-overs available.
First up was Hayley Matthews whose off-spin bamboozled the Indian top order, as she accounted for the wickets of Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Veda Krishnamurthy. Kyshona Knight supported Hayley by taking a spectacular sliding catch to remove Jemimah. Hayley finished her maximum 2 overs with figures of 3/13.
Then came the remainder of the spin backup, as Afy Fletcher and Sheneta Grimmond provided support for Hayley and Anisa Mohammed.
In her second over, Afy was on a hat-trick as she removed Harmanpreet Kaur and Harleen Deol. Afy finished with mindboggling figures of 2/2 from her 2 overs. Sheneta had 2/10 from her two overs. She picked up the wickets of Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar.
India Women ended their 9 overs on 50/7. Vastrakar was their top scorer with 10 followed by Taniya Bhatia on 8 not out.
Once again, slow batting by the West Indies Women cost them the match as they failed to charge at the Indian bowling in the reduced overs.
A shake-up of the batting also did not help in their quest, as Chedean Nation who opened the batting with Hayley Matthews found the runs difficult to come by, she scored 3 runs from 8 deliveries.
Hayley, Chinelle Henry, and Natasha McLean tried to get the ball to the boundary, hitting a four each, but the Indian bowlers limited anything else with their lines and variations.
The West Indies Women could only manage to reach 45/5 from their 9 overs. Hayley Matthews top-scored with 11 from 14 deliveries, followed by Chinelle Henry who had 11 of 16. Anuja Patil was the best bowler for India Women, taking 2/8 from her 2 overs.
The fifth and final T20 International will be played on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Providence, Guyana.