The West Indies and England will square off in Paarl the day before India and Pakistan play in their opening encounter of the 2019 T20 World Cup in Cape Town.
Digital Desk: Smriti Mandhana (74*) and Harmanpreet Kaur (56*), two outstanding half-centuries, helped the Indian Women's side defeat the West Indies by 56 runs in the T20I Tri-Series. The Asian team scored 167/2 in their opening innings, which was too much for the Caribbean team to overcome.
Mandhana in particular found the boundary with ease and even sent a six soaring off the bowling of Afy Fletcher in the penultimate over of the innings as they easily completed their unbeaten 115-run partnership. The crowd exploded in applause and praise for the duo's outstanding performance as a result of her tremendous strokeplay.
To have any chance of catching up to India's massive score, the West Indies needed to get off to a strong start. However, their dreams were swiftly shattered as Deepti Sharma (2/29) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/16) combined to reduce Hayley Matthews' team to 25/3 in the seventh over.
Shemaine Campbell (47) and Matthews (34*) made a valiant effort to improve the scoring rate, but India's bowlers kept things tight to maintain their perfect series record after defeating South Africa in the first match.
The West Indies and England will square off in Paarl the day before India and Pakistan play in their opening encounter of the 2019 T20 World Cup in Cape Town. Two of the most well-known cricketing nations in the world will face off in the opening round of this much-awaited competition, which promises to be a spectacular occasion.
Brief scores: Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur helped India Women beat West Indies Women 111 for 4 in 20 overs (Shemaine Campbelle and Hayley Matthews scored 47 and 34 respectively; Deepti Sharma took 2/24 and Radha Yadav took 1/10) by 56 runs.