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Mithali, Veda steer India to win

The Indian women’s cricket team beat West Indies Women by six wickets in the first ODI at Vijayawada on November 10.

Mithali, Veda steer India to win
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Veda Krishnamurthy

West Indies were bundled out for 131 and, after struggling initially, India croseed the finish line with 10.5 overs to spare, with the chase spearheaded by Veda Krishnamurthy (52* in 70 balls) and skipper Mithali Raj (46* in 91 balls).

After winning the toss and batting first, West Indies were coasting along at 42/1 when the left-arm spin duo of Rajeshwari Gayakwad (4/21) and Ekta Bisht (3/14) started making inroads. Bisht triggered a collapse, picking up three wickets in quick succession while Gayakwad supported her teammate well from the other end. 

Merissa Aguilleira (42*) was the only notable performance in the visitors’ scorecard.  Chasing, India slumped to 36/4 but it was Mithali and Veda who were the difference between the two sides. Brief scores: West Indies 131 in 42.4 overs (Merissa Aguilleira 42*; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4/21, Ekta Bisht 3/14) lost to India 133/4 in 39.1 overs (Veda Krishnamurthy 52*, Mithali Raj 46*).

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