West Indies women win the tournament opener game against the New Zealand women by just three runs. West Indies defeated the kiwis for the first time in New Zealand and broke the winning streak of 9 ODIs in Oval, Mount Maunganui. Here is the review of the match between New Zealand W vs West Indies W.
MATHEWS TOOK WINDIES TO A SAFE TOTAL :
The New Zealand Women won the toss and opt to bowl on a good pitch and scalped two quick wickets of the West Indies top order. After the two wickets, West Indies kept on losing wickets at regular intervals from one end but from the other end, Hayley Mathews kept things tied up and scored a beautiful century in the opening game of the tournament. Windies posted a score of 260 runs after a loss of 9 wickets and Lea Tahuhu showing her experience in the New Zealand bowling line-up, picked up three wickets.
The score was set and New Zealand women had full confidence that they can pull off this match against the underdogs’ Windies.
SOPHIE DEVINE TAKING THE GAME TO NEXT LEVEL :
However, likewise, Kiwis lost their first two wickets early in the chase and started forming partnerships and a similar scenario happened, captain Sophie Devine stepped up and scored a magnificent century and carried the team on her shoulders.
Unfortunately, New Zealand came down to the score of 152-5 and still needed more than 100 runs to win, the lower order of the kiwis fired and took them nearly to the winning position. But who would have expected that the match will boil down to last over and 6 runs being needed off the final over?
DOTTIN STUNS THE KIWIS :
The Captain, Stefanie Taylor made an unexpected bowling change with Deandra Dottin going for the last over. Dottin singlehandedly won the match for the Windies by taking two wickets and stopping the hosts to win the match.
POST MATCH PRESENTATION :
Stefanie Taylor | Winning captain –
The way Haley played, set the game for us. We did speak about getting to around 200 to be competitive, and I thought the way we played today was brilliant. That’s the coaches to decide (on if Matthews would open regularly), but she was pretty settled, went in there and played as probably the best opener, and she did well. We knew they were a good chasing team, but we focussed on our game, so batting first and putting up a good total was crucial. The bowling was a bit tricky,
Deandra took the last over and that was brilliant. Selman was supposed to bowl the last over, but Dottin said she wanted to bowl, and I just gave it to her. When I looked at the game, it probably wasn’t great to come and bowl at the end overs. We like to fly under the radar, do little by little, take one match as it comes.
Sophie Devine | Losing captain –
Full credit to the West Indies, Hayley Matthews brilliant, but to do what Dottin did in the 50th over. But we’ll move on with the positives. We will try to embrace the pressure, being the hosts, the pressure will be there, but we’ll try to handle it with a smile on our face.
Was a good batting strip, I did get a bit lucky, we need to dust ourselves up and do better against Bangladesh. We started slowly with the ball, conceded around 40-50 runs, and that’s what we can’t afford to do in World Cups contests. Bangladesh will be a good game, we need to be on our money and do well.