In the 10th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 between West Indies and India, the Mithali Raj-led side thrashed Windies by 155 runs on Saturday. With the scintillating victory, India also managed to climb the top spot in the points table.
Batting first, India posted 317/8 on the board in their allotted 50 overs, thanks to magnificent centuries by Smriti Manhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. After losing three wickets for 78, the pair of Smriti and Harmanpreet joined hands to take the team out of trouble.
The duo lit up the Seddon Park in Hamilton with explosive batting and ended up forming a dominating partnership of 184 runs for the fourth wicket – India’s best in World Cups. Mandhana smashed 123 off 119 balls with the help of 15 boundaries, including two sixes. Similarly, Harmanpreet scored 109 from 107 deliveries, including 10 fours and a couple of sixes.
For the Windies, Anisa Mohammed was their pick of the bowler. The experienced campaigner bagged two wickets while conceding 59 runs in nine overs.
In reply, West Indies started brilliantly with Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews, adding 100 runs for the opening wicket. Dotting scored a brilliant 62 off 46 balls before Sneh Rana dismissed her to break the partnership. The dismissal of Dottin opened the floodgates as West Indies witnessed a sudden collapse.
From 100/1 at one stage, the Stafanie Taylor-led side got bundled out for just 162 in 40.3 overs, losing the contest by a massive margin of 155 runs. Rana demolished the Windies batting unit, picking up a three-wicket haul for 22 in 9.3 overs, including a maiden.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
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 (@SanjanaGanesan) March 12, 2022
Wow, jersey no 18 and 7 in men’s cricket ne bahut paseene chudaaye thhey bowlers ke , aur aaj @ImHarmanpreet and @mandhana_smriti ne kammaal kar diya. Brilliant win @BCCIWomen #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/2lCxkXNWDj
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 12, 2022
Smriti Mandhana & Harmanpreet Kaur 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Clinical from India!!
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) March 12, 2022
Huge win. Much needed after the game against New Zealand. And the margin will come in very handy in case teams are level on points. #INDvWI
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 12, 2022
A thumping 155-run win for India v a team that beat the hosts NZ & the defending champions. This is quite an open tournament. Fantastic innings from Yastika at the top. Hundreds from Smriti & Harmanpreet took the game away from WI. Fantastic effort #CWC22
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) March 12, 2022
A clinincal performance from the #WomenInBlue to register their second win of the tournament! 😍
🌴 162 all out
IND-W won by 155 runs.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) March 12, 2022
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 12, 2022
Smriti Mandhana sharing her Player of the Match award with Harmanpreet Kaur is all kinds of 💙 💙 https://t.co/opsx4vN2Wf
— Zenia D'cunha (@ZENIADCUNHA) March 12, 2022
Highest partnerships for 4th wicket in Women's World Cup :
184 – Smriti Mandhana & Harmanpreet Kaur 🇮🇳 v WI at Hamilton, today
170 – Tammy Beaumont & Nat Sciver 🏴 v NZ at Derby, 2017
155 – Carol-Ann James & Rita Scott 🏝️ v DEN at Delhi, 1997#CWC22 #INDvWI
— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) March 12, 2022
Smriti & Harmanpreet we’re fantastic today 🙌🏽 A thumping win for #TeamIndia against a strong #TeamWestIndies side! Other sides will be taking note… #CWC22 #INDvWI @mandhana_smriti @ImHarmanpreet pic.twitter.com/doIIA7TL0I
— Nikesh Rughani (@NikeshRughani) March 12, 2022
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 12, 2022