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January 24, 2011
India women 128 for 5 (Mithali 51*, Campbelle 3-20) beat West Indies women 113 for 9 (King 37, Priyanka 3-17) by 15 runs
Mithali Raj struck an unbeaten 51 to lead India to 128, a score they comfortably defended thanks to legspinner Priyanka Roy and seamer Soniya Dabir who shared 5 for 27 in seven stifling overs.
India were powered to a strong start by openers Poonam Raut and Amita Sharma who added 21 in 2.4 overs. Thereafter Mithali took control of the situation, pacing the innings perfectly in Harmanpreet Kaur's company. The pair added 43 to take India to 85 for 3 in 13.2 overs, and the lower order landed enough blows to sustain the momentum to the end, despite Shemaine Campbelle's spell of 3 for 20. Reema Malhotra finished the innings in style, reverse-sweeping and lapping the last two deliveries for boundaries.
West Indies' chase began disastrously when Juliana Nero was run out without a run on the board. Deandra Dottin attacked from one end, but India kept striking at the other to cripple the chase. Stacy-Ann King and Shanel Daley tried to revive things with a 40-run stand after the score had limped to 46 for 5, but could not break free, and wickets again began to tumble from the 15th over. Pearl Etienne launched a six towards the end, but barring that, India guarded the boundaries well, and sealed the Twenty20 series to go with their 3-2 ODI triumph.
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