Women’s World Cup: West Indies Fined For Slow Over-Rate Against India

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Women’s WC: West Indies have been fined for slow over rate against India.© AFP

The West Indies players were fined 40 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup match against India here.

Shandre Fritz of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Stafanie Taylor’s side was ruled to be two overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a statement.

Taylor pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

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On-field umpires Eloise Sheridan and Paul Wilson, third umpire Ahmed Shah Pakteen and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge levelled the charge.

India defeated West Indies by a massive 155 runs here on Saturday to register their second win in the tournament.

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Women’s World Cup: All-Round Australia Thrash New Zealand By 141 Runs

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Women’s WC: Australia thrash New Zealand by 141 runs in Wellington on Sunday.© AFP

Australia on Sunday registered a commanding 141-run victory over arch-rival New Zealand at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in Wellington. It was a clinical performance from the six-time World Cup champions as they successfully defended 269/8 by bowling their opponents out for just 128 in the 31st over at Basin Reserve.

There were strong contributions from nearly every member of Meg Lanning’s powerful side, with Ellyse Perry (68) and Tahlia McGrath (57) scoring valuable half-centuries and the returning Ashleigh Gardner (48* from just 18 balls) adding the finishing touches on a late Australian flurry with the bat.

But it was with the ball that the Australians really shone, as teenager Darcie Brown (3/22) ripped through the New Zealand top-order and Amanda-Jade Wellington (2/34) and Gardner (2/15) put the polish on an impressive team performance.

The result sees Australia regain their place at the top of tournament standings with three wins from as many matches, while New Zealand drops to fourth and remains in a battle to reach the semi-finals.

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Brief Scores: Australia 269/8 (Ellyse Perry 68, Tahlia McGrath 57; Lea Tahuhu 3-53) vs New Zealand 128/10 (Amy Satterthwaite 44, Lea Tahuhu 23; Darcie Brown 3-22).

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Women’s World Cup: Smriti Mandhana’s Special Gesture For Harmanpreet Kaur Goes Viral On Twitter

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Smriti Mandhana shone both on and off the field in India’s emphatic win over the West Indies in an ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 match in Hamilton on Saturday. Mandhana, who top-scored for India with a sensational 123 off 119 balls, decided to share the ‘Player of the Match’ award with another centurion Harmanpreet Kaur in the post-match presentation. It was the brilliant 184-run stand between Mandhana and Harmanpreet that propelled India to a huge total of 317 for 8 batting first.

“I think scoring a century and not being a Player of the Match is something I really wouldn’t want as a player. I think we both contributed equally for us to score 300. So, I think it’s good for us to share the trophy and I think both are good contenders to get it. We learnt from our mistakes and that’s something we thought we are not going to repeat it,” said Smriti Mandhana in the post-match presentation.

Photos of Mandhana sharing the ‘Player of The Match’ award with Harmanpreet, who scored 109 off 107 balls, went viral on social media with netizens hailing the left-hander for her heartening gesture.

Talking about the 184-run partnership with Harmanpreet, Smriti remarked, “As batters, we both prefer chasing and setting the target both together. Last game we didn’t get going and in chasing it’s very important to get the momentum.”

“Our strengths are really different because she is really good with spin and I like pace on the ball. So, when the spinner comes on I give her the strike and when the pacer comes on, she gives me the strike. I’m sure ICC will be giving another trophy and I’m sure they have enough budget to do that,” she added.

West Indies collapsed for 162 in the 40.3 overs. Jhulan Goswami scalped her record-breaking wicket in the 36th over while Sneh Rana ended the day with three wickets against her name.

Harmanpreet Kaur has been under scanner for her prolonged lean patch in international cricket but the experienced right-hander has responded well with back-to-back impactful innings in this World Cup.

“From the outset, I feel when her back is towards the wall, that’s when she comes the best out and that’s something which I’ve seen,” Smriti said in the post-match media interaction.

“Her work ethic is really up there in the whole team. She keeps going even if she does not get the results. World Cups are the place where she comes good.”

The duo put together a record 184-run stand — India’s highest partnership for any wicket at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup — as the last edition’s runners up put up 317/8 their highest total in the history of the showpiece event.

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“She is a crucial part of our middle order. Happy she’s come back well. She has been batting well in the practice. We were always confident that she would score runs. Happy that she scored back-to-back fifties. It will give her good confidence going forward.”

(With agency inputs)

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ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, New Zealand Women vs Australia Women: Live Cricket Score, Live Updates

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New Zealand face Australia in their upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup League Stage fixture at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, on Sunday. The White Ferns have won two out of three fixtures in the ongoing tournament and are currently third in the table. Meanwhile, Australia have won both their fixtures and are in second position in the standings. Both sides have already faced each other in a warm-up match, where New Zealand won the match by nine wickets. (LIVE SCORECARD)

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Mithali Raj Hails India’s “Special Effort” In 155-Run Win Over West Indies In Women’s World Cup

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Skipper Mithali Raj on Saturday hailed India’s “special effort” to comprehensively beat West Indies by 155 runs but wants more consistency in the upcoming games of the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup. Coming into the match following a loss against hosts New Zealand, India dished out a splendid allround performance to notch up a dominating win over West Indies and top the points table. “Could not have asked anything better than today’s display. Today’s win should keep us in the (frame) tournament for the knockouts. Batting and bowling really came out well,” Raj said in the post-match presentation.

“It had a lot to do with the couple of games, could see the nerves in the girls. Everyone knew the importance of today’s game. Required a special effort, we knew West Indies came from 2 wins, we were playing after a big loss.

“We need to be consistent as the next game is in a different venue and a different opponent, we will be having different plans.” Smriti Mandhana (123) and Harmanpreet Kaur (109) slammed twin centuries to set up the win and Raj praised the duo for their sensible batting.

“The way Smriti and Harman played, very sensible and they have used their experience to get us to the table,” she said.

Raj on Saturday broke the record for most matches captained in the ICC Women’s World Cup, surpassing former Australian counterpart Belinda Clark.

The India skipper said the team was in good hands with the youngsters doing well.

“It’s good to have youngsters around, me and Jhulan have played for a long time. When you have to let your guard down, need the youngsters to crack a joke – it eases out our nerves, which has helped me in the past.” West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor blamed the bowlers for their insipid performance.

“I don’t think we bowled the way we wanted to. Gave away too many short balls. I thought Harman and Smriti batted really well. We just couldn’t get back from that.” Chasing a stiff total of 317, West Indies were off to a flier with openers Deandra Dottin (62) and Hayley Matthews (43) putting up 100 runs in 12.1 overs but once the two departed, the innings fall apart.

“The start they gave us was brilliant. Probably it was important for one of them to stay there. But they did really well. The batters who came in didn’t capitalize. “The positive would be the opening partnership. I think we did well in that area.” Named the ‘Player of the Match’, Mandhana decided to share the award with Kaur.

“I think scoring a century and not being a Player of the Match is something I really wouldn’t want as a player. I think we both contributed equally for us to score 300. So, I think it’s good for us to share the trophy and I think both are good contenders to get it,” Mandhana said.

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“We learnt from our mistakes and that’s something we thought we are not gonna repeat it. As batters, we both prefer chasing and setting the target both together. Last game we didn’t get going and in chasing it’s very important to get the momentum.

“Our strengths are really different because she is really good with spin and I like pace on the ball. So when the spinner comes on I give her the strike and when the pacer comes on she gives me the strike.”

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INDW vs WIW: Twitter In Overdrive As Jhulan Goswami Makes Women’s World Cup History

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India pacer Jhulan Goswami on Saturday became the all-time leading wicket-taker in the history of the ICC Women’s World Cup. Jhulan achieved the feat during India’s win over the West Indies in their third match of the tournament at the Seddon Park. She dismissed Anisa Mohammed to register her 40th dismissal in Women’s World Cup. The 39-year-old went past former Australia cricketer Lyn Fullston, who had taken 39 wickets in Women’s World Cups. Fans took to Twitter on Saturday and lauded the veteran pacer on her achievement.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Jhulan Goswami’s historic achievment:

“What an amazing achievement for @JhulanG10 to become the highest wicket taker in @cricketworldcup. Goes to 40 wickets and not done yet!! So happy for her,” former Australia cricketer Lisa Sthalekar tweeted.

“Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, Sneh Raha, Meghana Singh…it’s all come together wonderfully today for the Women in Blue! Cheering for you,” Sanjana Ganesan captioned a post on Twitter.

“Jhulan Goswami becomes the Highest Wickettaker in the history of Women’s World Cup History – What a Legend,” a Twitter user wrote.

“Jhulan Goswami: A legend. A servant of the game. Even after two decades, she is still India’s best seamer. Her longevity and everything she has contributed to the game will forever be an essential part of Indian cricketing lore,” a fan wrote on Twitter.

“Jhulan Goswami being the leading wicket taker in ODI World Cups is my favourite moment from this World Cup,” another user wrote.

“An Indian fast bowler ascends to the zenith highest wicket takers list in the womens World Cup. We ought to celebrate Jhulan Goswami more – she is a treasure,” another user tweeted.

India defeated West Indies by 155 runs to register their second win of the tournament. They next take on England Women at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on March 16.

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Jhulan Goswami Becomes Highest Wicket-Taker In Women’s World Cup History

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India pacer Jhulan Goswami broke the record of most wickets in Women’s World Cup history.© AFP

Veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami on Saturday broke the record for most wickets in the ICC Women’s World Cup. Jhulan achieved the feat during the match against the West Indies at Seddon Park in Hamilton. She dismissed Anisa Mohammed  to achieve the feat. With her first wicket of the game on Saturday, Jhulan took her tally of World Cup wickets to 40, overtaking the 34-year record of 39 wickets by former Australia cricketer Lyn Fullston. This was Jhulan’s 31st match in the Women’s World Cup. The 39-year-old pacer is currently representing India in her fifth Women’s ODI World Cup, having previously played in the tournament in the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017 editions as well.

On Saturday, India defeated West Indies by 155 runs to register their second win of the tournament.

After opting to bat first, India recovered from a few early blows to post a total of 317 for eight in 50 overs.

Smriti Mandhana (123) and Harmanpreet Kaur (109) hit centuries and laid the foundation of India’s dominant win.

With India reeling at 76 for three at one stage, the pair added 184 runs for the fourth wicket to take India across the 300-run mark.

In reply, West Indies got off to a flying start as Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews added 100 runs for the first wicket.

However, Sneh Rana struck twice in quick succession to put India back into the contest.

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West Indies then continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 162.

For India, Sneh Rana took three wickets while Meghna Rana also picked up two wickets.

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India vs West Indies, Women’s World Cup: Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur Star As India Thrash West Indies By 155 Runs

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Women’s World Cup: India beat West Indies by 155 runs.© AFP

India rode on brilliant centuries from opener Smriti Mandhana and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur to beat West Indies by 155 runs and register their second win in the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup on Saturday. Batting first, Mandhana (119 off 123 balls) and Kaur (109 off 107 balls) stitched a 184-run stand to power India to their highest World Cup score, 317 for eight. And then the Indians produced a cohesive bowling effort to bundle out West Indies for 162 in 40.3 overs. Sneh Rana (3/22) and Meghna Singh (2/27) shared five wickets between them for India, while other three bowlers, including veteran Jhulan Goswami (1/43) also chipped in with a wicket each.

Deandra Dottin (62) top-scored for West Indies, while her opening partner Hayley Matthews made a quick 43 as the duo shared a century stand for the opening wicket.

But once they departed, West Indies innings just fell apart.

Earlier, Mandhana smashed her fifth ODI hundred, which was studded with 13 fours and two sixes, while Kaur had 10 hits to the fence and two maximums in her fourth ton and the first since hitting 171 not out against Australia in the 2017 World Cup.

The duo took India across the 200-mark after skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and elected to bat. This was also India’s highest partnership for any wicket at the Women’s World Cup For WI, Anisa Mohammed was the most successful bowler, taking two for 59.

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Brief Scores: India: 317 for 8 in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 123, Harmanpreet Kaur 109; Anisa Mohammed 2/59).

West Indies: 162 all out in 40.3 overs (Deandra Dottin 62, Hayley Matthews 43; Sneh Rana 3/22, Meghna Singh 2/27).

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Women’s World Cup, India Women vs West Indies Women: Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur Put On Record Women’s World Cup Stand For India

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Mandhana and Harmanpreet stitched India’s biggest partnership at Women’s World Cups.© BCCI/Twitter

India batters Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur on Saturday stitched India’s biggest partnership in Women’s World Cup. The pair achieved the feat during the ongoing match against West Indies at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. Mandhana and Harmanpreet added 184 runs for the fourth wicket, which took them past the duo of Thirush Kamini and Punam Raut, who had previously held the record. Kamini and Raut had stitched 175 runs, also against the West Indies, during the 2013 Women’s World Cup in India.

Mandhana and Harmanpreet scored centuries as India recovered after losing three wickets in quick succession to post a total of 317 for eight in 50 overs.

Mandhana hit a 119-ball 123 while Harmanpreet scored a 107-ball 109.

Opting to bat first, opener Yastika Bhatia helped India make a fast start in Hamilton. Bhatia smashed 31 off just 21 deliveries before departing. Shakera Selman made the breakthrough in the 7th over.

Indian skipper Mithali Raj (5) fell shortly after as India were reduced to 58/2 in the 10th over. Deepti Sharma was then removed by experienced Anisa Mohammed in the 14th over.

With India in a spot of bother, the other Indian opener Smriti Mandhana applied caution as she stitched a crucial partnership with the experienced middle-order batter Harmanpreet Kaur. India reached 125 for three at the 25-over mark of their innings.

In the 33rd over, the duo reached a century partnership as they smashed the WI bowlers all over the Seddon Park. Mandhana soon got to her second successive ton against the West Indies in the World Cup in the 40th over.

Shamilia Connell broke the dangerous-looking partnership between the Indians as she sent centurion Mandhana back to the pavilion in 43rd over. With the Indian opener gone, Harmanpreet upped the ante as she reached her ton in the 47th over. In the same over Richa Ghosh departed after getting run out.

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India failed to finish on high as Pooja Vastrakar, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Jhulan Goswami were removed in the last three overs of the match.

(With ANI Inputs)

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Women’s World Cup, India Women vs West Indies Women: Twitter Hails Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur After Indian Duo Score Centuries

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India batters Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur scored centuries to power the team to a total of 317 for eight against West Indies in their ongoing Women’s World Cup match at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. Mandhana hit a blistering 123 off 119 balls while Harmanpreet complemented her with a knock 109 off 107 balls as India recovered from losing three quick wickets to post a dominant total. The cricketing fraternity took to Twitter and hailed the pair for their batting exploits against West Indies.

Here’s how the world reacted to Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur’s centuries:

“Itni lambi innings me @mandhana_smriti ne kitni baar kaha “arrey Harry di hasso na yaar.” Superb guys. It was a delight to watch..!!!
@ImHarmanpreet,” India women’s cricketer Harleen Deol tweeted.

“So happy to see @mandhana_smriti score another #TeamIndia always looks a completely different side when she is in the runs,” former Australia women’s cricketer Lisa Sthalekar wrote on Twitter.

“Goddess through the off side Terrific innings under pressure, well played @mandhana_smriti,” former India opener Wasim Jaffer wrote on Twitter.

“That was some innings from Smriti Mandhana! So classy and equally powerful on both sides. Joy to watch,” senior cricket analyst and commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted.

“Smriti Mandhana & Harmanpreet Kaur Clinical from India!! Womens IPL???,” a journalist wrote on Twitter.

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“Well played, Harmanpreet Kaur. She scored brilliant 109 runs from 107 balls including 10 fours and 2 Sixes against West Indies Women in the World Cup 2022. Superb Innings Harmanpreet Kaur,” a fan tweeted.

“Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur masterclass for India – great centuries & great partnership,” another fan wrote.

With India reeling at 78 for three at one stage, Mandhana and Harmanpreet added 184 runs for the fourth wicket.

The onus will now be on the Indian bowlers to get the job done for the team.

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