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Third round delivers competitive series

India Women
The latest two series in the third round of the ICC Women’s Championship delivered closely-fought games and propelled West Indies out of the bottom half of the table as the teams test their competitive edge with the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 less than 50 days away.

⦁ India, South Africa and the West Indies are within two points of each other while Sri Lanka won their first two points

⦁ West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor: “Having lost the first game, we had to go back to the drawing board because we know South Africa have evolved and they have been playing well over the last few years”

⦁ South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “We did not take the opportunity to go up the ladder. We need to find ways to win ODI series and a draw is not great but probably better than a loss”


⦁ Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “Between the two teams, we did not see much of a difference. We won the third game and lost the second game very narrowly”


⦁ India captain Mithali Raj: “We won the series but would have ideally liked a 3-0 score-line to garner maximum points since we had not lost to them in an ODI for five years”

Sri Lanka Women lost their three-match ODI series against India 2-1
Sri Lanka Women lost their three-match ODI series against India 2-1

Reigning World T20 champions West Indies drew their three-match series at home to South Africa 1-1 while India defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in an away series of the eight-team tournament, which sees sides compete for four direct qualifying spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.

The results mean the West Indies have moved up one place to fourth position on the points table led by New Zealand. The defending ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions are on nine points while South Africa are not far behind with seven points and in seventh position. India are in sixth position with eight points while Sri Lanka have drawn their first two points with a victory in the last match of the series. All four teams have played nine matches each so far.

The West Indies lost the series opener by 40 runs but after the second match was a no-result due to rain, came back strongly to win the third match by a huge margin of 117 runs. Opener Hayley Matthews notched a fine 117 with 17 fours while all-rounder Deandra Dottin followed up a brisk 44-ball 59 with four for 36.

The West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor was expecting more points from the series and South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk, who came up with some fine efforts during the series, too saw it as a lost opportunity in terms of tournament points.

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor: “I am not 100 per cent satisfied with the outcome of the series. Having lost the first game, we had to go back to the drawing board because we know South Africa have evolved and they have been playing well over the last few years. 

“So, losing that first game was a wake-up call for us and that we needed get things going and get back to the game we know we can play. In the second game, I thought we did well to restrict them and I believe that if that game had played until the end, it would have been good. Today, we just played brilliantly.

“We still have way more to go. We still need to improve on our 50-over game. We still need to get consistent where that is concerned. We have the players to do it, but we must work on being far more consistent.

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “I’m quite disappointed. The way we started the ODI series, especially the second game, we did very well, given the conditions. But you have to give credit to them, the West Indies played very well in the final match and we have to go back to the drawing board.

“We did not take the opportunity to go up the ladder. We need to find ways to win ODI series and a draw is not great but probably better than a loss.”

“I’ve to commend the bowlers, they have been pretty good on the flat surfaces. I was really excited with the batters at the start of the tournament but looks like we lacked a bit of steam. I would like everyone in the top six to chip in and one of them to go big. There are lots of positives, we just need to learn to win games of cricket.

“Kudos to them. They were brilliant today (in the final match). They outplayed us in all facets – they bowled better, batted better, even fielded better."

In Sri Lanka, India’s 10-match victory run against the home side was brought to an end in the final encounter of the series by captain Chamari Athapaththu’s match-winning century. The hard-hitting batter, whose amazing 178 not out against Australia in last year’s World Cup is acclaimed as one of the great all time knocks in the women’s game, eclipsed a century by rival captain Mithali Raj earlier in the day.

Raj had scored 125 not out, but Athapaththu’s 115 helped the side make it with just one ball to spare. The second match of the series too was close as India won by seven runs after notching an impressive nine-wicket victory in the opener.

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “We’re a bit disappointed that we did not win the series, despite coming very closer in the second game, However, we are taking a lot of confidence out of this series, since, there is clear indication of a turnaround of our team’s performances, especially under our new coach Mr. Harsha De Silva.

“Between the two teams, we did not see much of a difference. We won the third game and lost the second game very narrowly.

“We are looking forward to do well in the T20 series, and then move on and further capitalize on what we have achieved in this ODI series, against a very strong Indian team. We had some good outcomes – we are once again working as a team, every individual has started to understand their role and our confidence levels have gone up. 

India captain Mithali Raj: “We won the series but would have ideally liked a 3-0 score-line to garner maximum points since we had not lost to them in an ODI for five years. “I thought we were close to doing that but Chamari produced a fine innings to take the final game away from us. It was a competitive match to cap the series and could have gone either way. 

“Smriti (Mandhana), Jhulan (Goswami), Taniya (Bhatia), Mansi (Joshi) and I came up with some good performances during the series and we hope to build on our efforts as we aim to move up on the points table. The ICC Women’s Championship tests the depth of teams over a long run and the challenge is to be at your best all the time.”

Meanwhile, Raj has moved up three places in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings to fourth position among batters after scoring 177 runs in the series. Other batters to advance after the rankings update include Athapaththu (up 11 places to 10th), van Niekerk (up three places to 12th) and Dottin (up three places to 21st).

South Africa fast bowler Marizanne Kapp has gained one slot to reach third position, India’s experienced new-ball bowler Goswami has moved up one place to fifth position, Taylor has moved up one place to eighth position while Sri Lanka off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene has advanced three places to reach ninth position.

Mithali Raj has entered the top three among ODI batters
Mithali Raj has entered the top three among ODI batters

Scores in brief:

Sri Lanka v India:
1st ODI in Galle, 11 SeptemberIndia won by nine wicketsSri Lanka 98 all out in 35.1 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 33; Mansi Joshi 3-16, Jhulan Goswami 2-13, Poonam Yadav 2-13)India 100-1 in 19.5 overs (Smriti Mandhana 73 not out)

2nd ODI in Galle, 13 SeptemberIndia won by seven runsIndia 219 all out in 50 overs (Taniya Bhatia 68, Mithali Raj 52, Dayalan Hemalatha 35; Chamari Athapaththu 3-42, Sripali Weerakkody 2-36, Udeshika Prabhodani 2-45)Sri Lanka 212 all out in 48.1 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 57, Shashikala Siriwardene 49; Nilakshi de Silva 31; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2-37, Mansi Joshi 2-49)

3rd ODI in Katunayake, 16 SeptemberSri Lanka won by three wicketsIndia 253-5 in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 125, Smriti Mandhana 51, Deepti Sharma 38)Sri Lanka 257-7 in 49.5 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 115, Hasini Perera 45; Jhulan Goswami 2-39, Mansi Joshi 2-43).

West Indies v South Africa:

1st ODI in Bridgetown, 16 SeptemberSouth Africa won by 40 runsSouth Africa 201-9 in 40 overs (Sune Luus 58, Dane van Niekerk 46 not out, Laura Wolvaardt 45; Staphanie Taylor 3-37, Deandra Dottin 2-36).West Indies 161 all out in 46 overs (Shemaine Campbell 46, Marizanne Kapp 3-14, Zinte Mali 2-11, Tumi Sekhukhune 2-28).

2nd ODI in Bridgetown, 19 SeptemberNo resultSouth Africa 177-8 in 38 overs (Dane van Niekerk 53, Chloe Tryon 37; Deandra Dottin 3-29).

3rd ODI in Bridgetown, 22 SeptemberWest Indies won by 115 runsWest Indies 292 for five in 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 117, Deandra Dottin 59; Marizanne Kapp 4-55)South Africa 177 all out in 42.3 overs (Dane van Niekerk 77, Laura Wolvaardt 54; Deandra Dottin 4-36).

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings (as of 23 September, after the Sri Lanka-India and West Indies-South Africa ICC Women’s Championship series)

RankTeamPoints
1Australia132
2England126
3New Zealand120
4India111
5West Indies98
6South Africa95
7Pakistan 7474
8Sri Lanka63
9Bangladesh43
10Ireland26


MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Player Rankings (as of 23 September, after the Sri Lanka-India and West Indies-South Africa ICC Women’s Championship series)

BATTING (top 20)

Rank(+/-) PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1( - )Ellyse PerryAus74451.83758 v Ind at Vadodara 2018
2(+1)Meg LanningAus68453834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016
3(+4)Mithali RajInd67451.17839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
4( - )S. MandhanaInd67239.07692 v SL at Galle 2018
5( - )Nicole BoltonAus66646.22687 v Ind at Vadodara 2018
6-4Lizelle LeeSA65933.69752 v Eng at Hove 2018
7-1T. BeaumontEng657!41.53657 v NZ at Leicester 2018
8-1Suzie BatesNZ65643.76775 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016
9( - )Stafanie TaylorWin63243.69765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
10(+11)C. AthapaththuSL628!31.45628 v Ind at Katunayake 2018
11-1Sophie DevineNZ619!32.19619 v Eng at Leicester 2018
12(+3)D. van NiekerkSA601!35.38601 v Win at Bridgetown 2018
13-2Heather KnightEng59636.42620 v NZ at Headingley 2018
14-2A.SatterthwaiteNZ59337.36756 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017
15-1Natalie SciverEng58838642 v NZ at Derby 2017
16( - )L. WolvaardtSA574*45.77580 v Win at Bridgetown 2018
17-4H. KaurInd55834.68679 v SA at Bangalore 2014
18=( - )Alyssa HealyAus555!22.43555 v Ind at Vadodara 2018
 -1Deepti SharmaInd555*42.66560 v SL at Galle 2018
20( - )Sarah TaylorEng54140.25803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009


BOWLING (top 20)

Rank(+/-) PlayerTeamPointsAvgeEco.Highest Rating
1( - )Jess JonassenAus676!23.194.18676 v Ind at Vadodara 2018
2( - )Megan SchuttAus66724.214.41671 v Ind at Vadodara 2018
3(+1)M. KappSA64323.863.66689 v Ind at Potchefstroom (N 2017
4(+1)Sana MirPak620!25.723.7620 v SL at Dambulla 2018
5(+1)J. GoswamiInd60921.63.24796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
6(-3)Shibnam IsmailSA60320.263.62648 v Eng at Worcester 2018
7(+1)Katherine BruntEng59223.583.48796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
8(+1)Stafanie TaylorWin57319.563.26768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
9(+1)Ellyse PerryAus56725.614.41698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012
10(-3)A. KhakaSA562284.13620 v Eng at Worcester 2018
11( - )D. van NiekerkSA55119.383.53602 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2018
12( - )Anya ShrubsoleEng54427.574.27595 v Aus at New South Wales 2017
13( - )Poonam YadavInd542*!21.153.77542 v SL at Katunayake 2018
14( - )Deepti SharmaInd540*26.893.81553 v SL at Galle 2018
15(+1)Leigh KasperekNZ517*!16.383.68517 v Eng at Leicester 2018
16(+2)R. GayakwadInd509*16.723.37540 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2017
17(+3)Amelia KerrNZ500*20.584.04516 v Eng at Headingley 2018
18(-1)Shikha PandeyInd498*21.434566 v Aus at Derby 2017
19(-4)A. MohammedWin49519.633.37704 v Aus at Sydney 2014
20(+1)Danielle HazellEng49028.963.92553 v Ind at Nagpur 2018


ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank(+/-) PlayerTeamPointsHighest Rating
1( - )Ellyse PerryAus421446 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016
2( - )S. TaylorWin362559 v NZ at Kingston 2013
3( - )D. van NiekerkSA331333 v Win at Bridgetown 2018
4( - )Deepti SharmaInd299*/*304 v SL at Galle 2018
5( - )Sana MirPak251252 v SL at Dambulla 2018

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