Shafali Verma performed a quick-fire knock. © Twitter
The Indian eves have been off to an ideal begin within the five-match T20I rubber towards West Indies as they thrashed the hosts by 84 runs within the first match on the Daren Sammy Nationwide Cricket Stadium. Requested to bat, openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana gave India an higher hand because the duo shared a 143-run partnership for the opening wicket. Whereas Shafali performed a 49-ball 73-run knock, Smriti amassed 67 runs from 46 deliveries. Shafali’s knock was laced with six boundaries and 4 hits into the stands.
After the dismissal of the Indian opening pair, the guests misplaced couple of wickets in fast succession, nevertheless, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur chipped in with precious unbeaten 21 runs off 13 deliveries to information India to an enormous whole.
In return, West Indies by no means regarded in management and stored on shedding wickets at common intervals, because of some high quality bowling by the Indian bowlers.
Shemaine Campbelle was the one one to indicate some resistance as she prime scored for her aspect with 33 runs whereas all different batswomen didn’t contribute. For India, Shikha Pandey, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav bagged two wickets every and helped their aspect prohibit the hosts on 101/9 within the 20 overs.
The 2 sides will now meet within the second T20I on the similar venue on Sunday.