Openers Poonam Raut and Thirush Kamini compiled a 175-run stand in 37 overs against West indies in the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Cup to give India a solid platform to push for a big total.
Poonam Raut played a couple of confident drives early on and hit seven boundaries as she scored 72 runs off 94 balls before getting out lbw to Shanel Daley.
Thirush Kamini smashed her maiden ODI century of 144 balls courtesy eleven boundaries and a six with a strike rate of 68.49. She was run-out in the 43rd over.
The 22-year-old Thirush Kamini, who debuted for India at the age of 16 against Pakistan, had a previous best of 65 not out and in 21 matches she had scored 282 runs at an average of 17.62.
In their defense of 284, India got the wicket of opener Kycia A Knight in the second ball of the first over as Jhulan Goswami and Amita Sharma bowled well in tandem swinging the ball both ways and keeping a check on the Windies scoring rate.
After West Indies lost early wickets, 21-year-old Deandra Dottin took the attack to the opposition clobbering four sixes and three fours en route to an impressive 16-ball 39. She was particularity severe on Nagarajan Niranjana but the Indian had the last laugh dismissing Dottin to end the West Indies charge.
The Indian bowlers bundled out Windies for 179 runs registering a massive 105-run victory in their opening match of the World Cup.