Smriti Mandhana, Deepti fifties help India outclass West Indies to win 2nd successive World Cup warm-up match

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Smriti Mandhana, Deepti fifties help India outclass West Indies to win 2nd successive World Cup warm-up match

New Delhi : India will head to the ICC Women's World Cup 2022 high on confidence after having won both their warm-up matches in New Zealand. On Tuesday, India outclassed the West Indies by 81 runs at the Rangiora Oval in New Zealand.

Riding on a quickfire 67 from opener Smriti Mandhana and a fifty from Deepti Sharma, who batted at No. 3, India went on post 258 in their quota of 50 overs. They restricted West Indies to 177/9 in 50 overs with their spinners doing the job yet again on their tour of New Zealand. India will face Pakistan in their Women's World Cup opener on Sunday with a 3-match winning streak. India defeated New Zealand in the final ODI of their 5-match series before edging out South Africa in a thrilling warm-up match earlier this week.

Kept under observation after taking a blow to her head during the team's first practice match against South Africa on Sunday, the elegant Mandhana was in her element within two days from the injury, laying the foundation for India's challenging total of 258 all out in the allotted 50 overs. Opting to bat, 2017 edition finalists India were off to a poor start as Shafali Verma was bowled by Chinelle Henry for a duck.

Deepti Sharma joined Mandhana in the middle and the two went about rebuilding the innings with a partnership that was broken after the two experienced campaigners had added 117 runs for the second wicket while maintaining a scoring rate of almost six. The in-from Mandhana compiled her 66 runs in 67 balls, hitting seven fours in the process before being dismissed by Cherry-Ann Fraser off her own bowling.

Mandhana's fine effort came barely two days after she was diagnosed with a mild soft tissue injury to her left earlobe which caused discomfort while batting against the South Africans, forcing her to leave the field retired hurt.

Deepti made 51 off 64 balls, accumulating most of her runs in singles and two. She hit just one boundary during her stay in the middle. When Deepti was sent back by Fraser, India were 142 for three in the 27th over. Skipper Mithali Raj contributed 30 off 42 balls with the help of four boundaries, while Yastika Bhatia chipped in with a useful 42 in 53 deliveries. Bhatia found the fence five times.

West Indies' innings got off to a disastrous start as they lost four wickets with only 53 runs on the board, including captain Stefanie Taylor for just 8 runs.

Wicketkeeper Shemaine Campbelle top-scored for the Windies with a 63 off 81 balls, while Hayley Matthews made 44 in 61 deliveries.

However, the others failed to make substantial contributions as the West Indies fell short by a big margin. Pooja Vastrakar was the most successful Indian bowler, returning figures of 3/21 in seven overs, while there were two wickets apiece for Meghna Singh and Deepti, who ended the game with a fine all-round show. The veteran Jhulan Goswami (0/14 in 8 overs), too, bowled exceptionally well, though she could not figure in the wicket's column.