Opener Smriti Mandhana made it up for missing out on a hundred against England with a unbeaten 106 to guide India to a comfortable seven -wicket victory against West Indies in the ICC Women’s World Cup match yesterday. Chasing a target of 184, Indian eves won with as many as 45 balls to spare. After scoring a match-winning 90 against England on the other day, Mandhana scored a century combining13fours and two sixes.
Mandhana added 106 runs for the third wicket partnership along with skipper Mithali Raj (46) to send the Windies team out of the tournament.
Mithali was unlucky not to score her eighth consecutive half-century in ODIs missing by a mere four runs. India could have been in a spot of bother at 33 for 2 but with a seasoned campaigner like Mithali at the other end, Mandhana went for her shots without much pressure.
The century – her 2nd in ODIs, came when she charged down the track to loft Stafanie Taylor inside out. The hundred off only 105 balls. Fittingly, she finished the match with her 13th boundary to get a deserving second ‘Player of the Match’ award.