A five-wicket haul from Anisa Mohammed – her sixth in one-day internationals – and a 91-ball 94 from skipper Stafanie Taylor helped West Indies claim a dramatic one-run victory over India in the first ICC Women's Championship ODI in Antigua on Friday, 1 November.
After opting to bat, West Indies put up 225/7 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, as Taylor and Natasa McLean (51) chipped in with vital half-centuries. India were then bowled out for 224 in the chase, as the hosts clinched victory on the final ball of the game.
When India needed eight runs off six balls to win the game, Anisa rose to the challenge, striking with the first and final deliveries of the last over. She dismissed Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav for golden ducks, and the experienced Jhulan Goswami was stranded on a 12-ball 14*.
What a THRILLER we've witnessed in Antigua – West Indies win by one run 🤯— ICC (@ICC) November 2, 2019
Priya Punia (75) and Jemimah Rodrigues (41) registered a 78-run opening stand for India, but Anisa Mohammed's 5/46 turned the game!
🌴 lead the three-match ODI series 1-0#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/e1NqjXVjW3
West Indies got off to a solid start earlier in the day, with McLean and Stacy-Ann King putting on 51 runs for the opening wicket. McLean was particularly impressive, notching up an 82-ball 51 for her second ODI fifty.
However, India made quick inroads thereafter, as Deepti Sharma reduced the hosts to 51/2 in the 17th over, her victims including the returning Shemaine Campbelle, whose comeback to the national side ended in a two-ball duck.
McLean then found a reliable partner in her skipper Taylor, and the duo steadied the ship. The stand was broken when McLean was dismissed by Poonam Yadav in the 26th over, but Taylor went on to register her 11th score of 90 or more in ODIs. Then, the wicket-keeper batter Chedean Nation made a strong comeback to the side, scoring a 55-ball 43 to register a crucial 78-run stand with Taylor for the fifth wicket.
What a catch, Harmanpreet Kaur!— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2019
A stunning one-handed grab on the rope stops Stafanie Taylor from bringing up her ton from the final ball of the innings.
West Indies finish on 225/7, Taylor top scoring with 94.#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/t0FKwKPNCk
The next three batters added just 16 runs between them, but Taylor led West Indies' charge with her counterattacking innings, ensuring the 200 mark was crossed. She smashed eight fours and two sixes in her knock, finishing with a strike-rate above 100. Her dismissal came on the final ball of the innings, as Harmanpreet Kaur held on to a spectacular one-handed catch at long-on.
In the chase, Priya Punia impressed once again at the top of the order for India, top-scoring for the visitors with a 107-ball 75. It was her second 70-plus total for India in just four ODIs. During the opening stand of 78 between Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues, India seemed on track on their chase. However, Taylor stepped up again, dismissing Rodrigues for 41 in the 22nd over, and India lost significant impetus.
Punam Raut and Mithali Raj eached scored over 20 to keep the scoreboard ticking, and by the time India had lost their skipper in the 42nd over, they were firmly in control at 176/4. However, West Indies fought back once again with three quick wickets, as Shabdika Gajnabi removed both Harmanpreet Kaur and Taniya Bhatia in the 45th over. Suddenly, India were reduced to 195/6 with five overs to go.
Deepti tried to fight back with a 22-ball 19, but Anisa struck in the 48th over to dismiss the all-rounder. Taylor claimed her second scalp of the day in the penultimate over by removing Shikha Pandey, before Anisa completed a thrilling victory for the hosts with the wicket of Poonam on the last ball.
The second ODI will be played at the same venue on 3 November. West Indies lead the three-match series 1-0.