IND v WI, 1st T20I: Shafali and Smriti rattles the hosts

It was one of the dominating performances from the Indian girls, and it is a great positive sign going forward to the World Cup 2020.

T20I is unpredictable. A good start, a tidy over can change the game completely. All a team needs is a batter taking the team to a decent total and an economical bowler.

On Saturday or should I say early Sunday in other parts of the world, India had both their opening batters coming to the party. It was like both the players are competing with each other in demolishing the West Indies bowling attack.

The teen Shafali Verma keeps getting better and she just became the youngest Indian to score a fifty. While we were sleeping, Shafali smashed six fours and four sixes to score 73 off 49 deliveries, whereas, Smriti Mandhana’s 11 fours took her to 67 off 46 deliveries. The duo took India to 143 and two more quick wickets, did slow the momentum a bit but Captain Kaur and Veda Krishnamurty made sure to take India to 185 in their 20 overs.

Batting next, possibly, the hosts wouldn’t have expected a performance like this from the Indian team and their batting went literally nowhere. Shemaine Campbelle’s 33 off 34 deliveries wasn’t enough as the team was chasing a mammoth total. You cannot blame her as well because the team kept losing wickets from the other end. West Indies managed 101 in their 20 overs, falling 84 runs short of the total. This is certainly a wake-up call for the team.

India had Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey picking up two wickets each.

Shafali Verma became the youngest Indian to receive the player of the match award, she took over it from her idol Sachin Tendulkar.