first_imgRiding on a strong batting display by opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Mithali Raj, India sealed a comfortable seven-wicket victory over West Indies in a group match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Ground here on Thursday.Chasing a target of 184 runs, India achieved it with 45 balls remaining.This is the second consecutive win for India in this tournament. They had defeated hosts and strong title contenders England by 35 runs on the opening day.The West Indies, on the other hand, suffered back to back defeats. They had lost their opening tie to Australia.The Indian run chase was spearheaded by Mandhana who batted through the innings, posting an unbeaten 106 runs. Her 108-ball innings was studded with 13 boundaries and two sixes.Raj posted a patient 46 off 88 balls with three hits to the fence.The Indian innings was off to a poor start with West Indies pacer Shamilia Connell sending back opener Poonam Raut in the very first over.Deepti Sharma also did not last long as she was bowled by experienced off-spinner Stafanie Taylor.However, Mandhana and Raj got together to put up a 108-run partnership to help India take the upper hand.Raj was caught at mid-off as she failed to clear the circle off a delivery from West Indies off-spinner Hayley Matthews.But Mona Meshram (18 not out) played a steady innings and gave good support to Mandhana to help India reach the target.Earlier, a disciplined effort saw India restrict the West Indies to 183/8.Put in to bat, the Caribbean team got off to a slow start with opener Hayley Matthews (43) and Felicia Walters (9) putting on 29 runs but ran out of ideas once the spinners were employed by India skipper Mithali Raj.advertisementThe Indian spinners — Poonam Yadav (2/19), Deepti Sharma (2/27), Harmanpreet Kaur (2/42) and Ekta Bisht (1/23) — shared seven wickets among themselves to rattle the West Indian batting line-up.Indian wicket-keeper Sushma Verma also deserved due credit for the quick dismissals, as she effected as many as four stumpings during the innings.Opener Mathews looked in good touch during her 57-ball knock which was laced with seven boundaries.While the middle order failed to provide any resistance to the slower bowlers, Shanel Daley (33) and Afy Fletcher (36 not out) chipped in with a 30-run partnership for the seventh wicket — the highest for the West Indies women.Brief scores:India: 186/3 in 42.3 overs (Smriti Mandhana 106 not out, Mithali Raj 46) vs West Indies: 183/8 in 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 43; Poonam Yadav 2/19, Deepti Sharma 2/27, Harmanpret Kaur 2/42)last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 4 (PTI) Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev today batted for a golf league on the lines of Indian Premier League. “One day a golf league should come out at that level where you can own a team and start playing in the manner IPL is played. I think, at this point of time, there is a struggle to conduct one,” he told reporters at USD 75,000 Louis Philippe Celebrity Pro-Am 2018, a PGTI and ADT co-sanctioned golf event. Kapil, Shaun Pollock , Mahela Jayawerdene and a host of other former cricketers competed in the tournament held at Prestige Golfshire Club. Former India hockey goalkeeper Ashish Balal also took part in the competition. Kapil expressed delight at many kids taking up the sport seriously and trying to build a career out of it. “We have had a lot of youngsters making us proud in the sport and I strongly feel it wouldn’t be long before we see many more making greater strides in golf from India,” he said. Delhi-based professional golfer Rashid Khan, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, led his team consisting of former India cricketers Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik along with amateur Faiz Rizwan to a victory. Rashid’s team managed a total score of 51 at the end of the Modified Scramble format competition, to walk away with the glittering trophies. Pollock said he was amazed at the growth of golf in India. “Starting from Anirban, Shubhankar, Rahil, Rashid Khan and the professionals who we played with are just a small showcase on how much talent exists in this country,” he said.advertisement Thrilled with his victory, former Mumbai and India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar said it was great fun to play alongside Rashid and Karthik. “There’s so much still to learn from the professionals. Just watching them play helps you learn so many new things about the sport of golf,” he said. Kapil further said cricket is a team game and golf is a sport where the player keeps challenging himself, which is fun. He said playing with Jayawerdene and Pollock made it all the more special. Jayawerdene said, “Lifelong we played a team sport. But here there is no one to back up. We do this more for enjoyment. Compete amongst ourselves to do more better.” Udayan Mane, who finished fourth in the Louis Philippe Cup on Friday, led his team to a second place finish with a score of 52. Amateurs Saif Mekhar, Ritwik Jha and Srinath Rajam made up the other members of his team. Sri Lankan professional Aruna Rohana, a regular on the PGTI, led a team consisting of amateurs Vinay Lakshmisha Sal, Saaday Tiwari and Vedant Jhaver to finish third on the same score as Manes team but the latter won on count-back. Karthik won a second trophy on the day when he landed the ball just 4 feet 6 inches from the pin at hole six to claim the Louis Philippe Closest to Pin competition. PTI BDN PDSPDSlast_img read more