India Vs West Indies
Last week India’s tour of the West Indies ended on a mixed note for the visitors. While the team in blue dominated the five-match ODI series, the T20 world champions came out on top in the single T20 match.
India overpowered West Indies 3-1 in the five match ODI series.The series started with a wash-out, but thereafter India dominated the series before West Indies pulled-off a surprise win in the fourth ODI. A brilliant ton from the Indian captain in the final match sealed the series for India.The ton also marked a landmark for the skipper Virat Kohli, who surpassed Sachin Tendulkar, as the batsman with the most tons in a successful run-chase.
Put into bowl first, pacer Mohammed Shami bagged four wickets as a disciplined bowling attack restricted the hosts to 205 for the loss of nine wickets. Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets while Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya got a wicket each. Chasing the modest total, India hardly faced any hiccups as the Men in Blue stomped home with more than 13 overs to spare.
The T20 match saw a completely different Windies team that stroked home the 190-run target in style. Put into bat by the hosts, India batted well and posted a competitive total on the board credit to prolific batting by the openers and Dinesh Karthik. But when the Men in Blue stepped out to bowl, nothing could top the Windies batsmen. A couple of drop catches of the match winner Evin Lewis ultimately proved too costly for team India. The highlight of Windies batting was undoubtedly the fearless record-break power knock of Evin Lewis which guided his team to a huge nine-wicket win. Lewis’ knock of 125 in 62 balls became the highest score in a run chase in T20Is.
ICC Women’s World Cup
In the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, the Indian Women’s team was flying high recording four wins on the trot against England, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, in their latest encounter against South Africa, the Proteas recorded a crushing 115 runs win. This was the first defeat of the tournament for India who had won their previous matches by comfortable margins. India is now second on the table behind Australia with eight points from five matches.
The South African bowling attack was too hot to handle for India, as the team was bowled out for 158 runs in 46 overs. Although the Indian bowlers continued to fare well it couldn’t do much to save the team from defeat.
Earlier in the tournament, the Indian team displayed immense batting prowess against England posting the one of the highest totals of the tournament. In the bowling department, the Indian spinners weaved their magic choking the opposition in the middle overs by containing the run flow and increasing the pressure.
Ekta Bisht, the first woman cricketer from Uttarakhand to represent India, has been leading this spin attack along with Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav. With a career average of 19.04 and economy rate of 3.30, Bisht has the ability to squeeze out wickets by building pressure over the opposition. She is now third in the list of India’s most successful spinners in ODIs after Neetu David and Nooshin Al Khadeer.
India will now need to bounce back against Australia and New Zealand to confirm their place in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
In other cricketing news, Afghanistan and Ireland will join the ranks of test-match playing nations after receiving the backing of the ICC. The teams are likely to go head-to-head against each other next year, and Ireland may play against England in two years’ time in what would be the biggest match in their history.
Following England’s thrilling T20 series win over South Africa, the two teams are now battling it out for honours in a four test match series. England has already taken a head start by winning the first test comfortably by 211 runs. Playing without the leadership of their skipper Faf du Plessis, the South African team’s batting line-up looked brittle with no batsman making more than Temba Bavuma’s 21 in the second innings. Off-spinner Moeen Ali took the man of the match honours with match figures of 10-112 and an invaluable first-innings knock of 87. The second Test begins at Trent Bridge later this week, with South Africa being boosted by the return of Du Plessis.
The biggest surprise of the week comes from Zimbabwe’s first ever ODI-series victory against Sri Lanka. This was also the their first bilateral series win against a top Test playing nation after they beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh in 2001. The series win was largely owed to the skill and poise of all the Zimbabwe’s batsmen. Reassuringly, they have not been dependent on any one batsman. Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Malcolm Waller and Sikandar Raza have all been among the runs