West Indies women were 18 for 2 in 9 overs while chasing a target of 285 runs set by the hosts in the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Thursday. Kyshona Knight and Shemaine Campbelle were at the crease for West Indies after opener Kycia Knight was run out by Harmanpreet Kaur and Taylor was caught by Karu Jain.
Opener Thirushkamini Murugesan became the first Indian eve to notch up a century in 50-over World Cup as the hosts piled up a commendable 284 for six against West Indies in their opening group league match.
Kamini surpasses Mithali
The previous best by an Indian eve in a World Cup was by skipper Mithali Raj against Netherlands in the 2005 edition, while this was the highest team total posted by the side. India surpassed their previous highest score of 275 against Netherlands in the 2000 World Cup in New Zealand.
Left-hander Kamini, who made a comeback into the side, scored 100 in 146 balls was finally run-out. She struck 11 fours and a six and batted till the 43rd over and spent 156 minutes at the crease.
Put into bat, Kamini and Poonam Raut (72) made best use of the flat track at Brabourne Stadium here and added 175 runs for the opening stand. Raut's 72 runs came off 94 balls and she struck seven fours during her 144-minute stay at the crease. Raut was finally out leg before trying a sweep shot off spinner Shanel Daley. India tried to accelerate and made best use of the powerplay as 45 runs came off those five overs.PTI