Deepti Sharma and Richa Ghosh shine as India thrash West Indies by 6 wickets

Indian Women did really well with their bowling and batting to beat West Indies comprehensively by 6 wickets in their second match of the Women’s T20 World Cup.

Indian Women have made it two wins out of two. Chasing 119, India went under some early pressure but the captain Harmanpreet Kaur (33) and teenager Richa Ghosh (44*) batted brilliantly to outplay the opposition. Earlier, Deepti Sharma starred with a three-wicket haul.

Electing to bat first, the Windies lost their captain Hayley Matthews (2) early in the second over. Stafanie Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle then played a counter-attacking game to put the Indian bowlers on the back foot. Both batters played some glorious shots to add 73 runs for the second wicket. However, India staged an excellent comeback by picking up three quick wickets inside three runs.

At one stage, the Windies were reeling at 79/4 in 15 overs. But Chedean Nation and Shabika Gajnabi played crucial knocks of 21 and 15 respectively, helping their side to post a total of 118/6 in 20 overs. Deepti bowled a history-making spell, becoming the first Indian player, male or female to bag 100 wickets in T20Is.

India in response got off to a good start with Smriti Mandhana (10) and Shafali Verma (28) putting up an opening stand of 32 off 21 balls. But India quickly lost three wickets and found themselves at 43/3 in 7 overs. However, Harmanpreet and Ghosh steadied the Indian boat by adding 72 runs. India’s designated finisher, Ghosh hit a boundary to finish off things in style.