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Punam Raut

Spinners help India level series after Raut fifty

WI v Ind, 2nd women's ODI, report

India's spin trio of Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma bagged two wickets each to help bowl West Indies out for 138 and secure a 53-run win in the second one-day international on Sunday, 3 November, levelling the three-match series at 1-1.

Chasing a small target of 192, West Indies got off to a shaky start, losing Stacy-Ann King in the fourth over, followed by Natasha McLean, who had to be stretchered off the field as she went down with cramps while completing a run. Shemaine Campbell (39) then combined with captain Stafanie Taylor (20) to stabilise the innings, taking West Indies to 78/1 in the 25th over.

However, Yadav trapped Taylor in front to break the important stand and triggered a collapse, as West Indies were reduced to 105/7, having lost six wickets for only 27 runs. Five of the six wickets were taken by the three spinners, who bowled with discipline and strangled the scoring rate. It meant that though the tail-enders Aaliyah Alleyne and Afy Fletcher showed a measure of resistance to push the chase for another 10 overs, India were able to close the game out strongly to seal a big win.

Earlier, India, having opted to bat, stitched together 191/6 in 50 overs on a slow pitch, where boundaries were hard to find. Punam Raut, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur were the only batters to find the boundary, picking up four fours each, as the rest of the line-up struggled for runs. Openers Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues were out for single-digit scores, leaving India stuttering on 17/2 in nine overs.

Spinners Gayakwad, Yadav and Sharma took two wickets each
Spinners Gayakwad, Yadav and Sharma took two wickets each

But the middle order re-grouped to consolidate India's position. Raut was the standout batter as she first partnered with veteran Raj in a 66-run stand for the third wicket, and then with captain Kaur in a 93-run stand for the fourth, to breathe life into the visitors' innings. Raut scored her 13th ODI fifty in the process, ensuring that India had something to bowl at. The 30-year-old was eventually dismissed in the 48th over for 77. Her partners – Raj and Kaur, were both dismissed in the 40s. 

For West Indies, Fletcher and Alleyne were the most successful bowlers, bagging two wickets each.

The third and final ODI will take place on Wednesday, 6 November, at the same venue, followed by a five-match Twenty20 International series, starting on 9 November.

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