India won their Group 2 match against the West Indies by a comfortable margin of six wickets on Wednesday in Cape Town, marking their second straight victory at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. In their season opener, India defeated Pakistan, their bitter rival.
Richa Ghosh, a wicketkeeper-batswoman, scored a game-winning 44 not out off 32 balls and added a crucial 72-run partnership with captain Harmanpreet Kaur (33 off 42) for the fourth wicket to help India win with 11 balls remaining.
Richa scored the go-ahead runs, a four off Shamilia Connell in the penultimate over, helping India reach the modest 119-run target with six wickets remaining in 18.1 overs.
Earlier, the West Indies were held to just 118 for 6 in their 20 overs by Deepti Sharma’s (3/15) led Indian bowlers. Deepti, the “Player of the Match,” made history by becoming the first Indian to record 100 T20I wickets in the process.
When asked to bowl, Deepti created a web around the West Indies batters.
India got off to a fast start, needing less than one run per ball, with openers Shafali Verma (28) and Smriti Mandhana (10) pushing the total to 31 in four overs thanks to six fours.
But as West Indies’ slow bowling proved successful, India lost its momentum.
Rasha Williams easily stumped Mandhana after she completely missed off-spinner Karishma Ramharack’s (2/14) ball. Jemimah Rodrigues, who scored the winning run in the final game, became Hayley Matthews’ only victim of the day as the captain made a superb catch off her own bowling. Before responding, Harmanpreet took some time to gather her composure.