India level series with 10-run victory
India women 134 (Kaur 26, Taylor 2-16) beat West Indies women 124 (Mohammed 26, Sultana 3-10) by 10 runs
India survived a late onslaught from Anisa Mohammed and Shakera Selman to hold on for a 10-run win in the second ODI at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. India might have been worried their total of 134 would not be enough considering how easily West Indies chased 162 in the first ODI in Mumbai, but they would have known they were playing on the same ground at which Karnataka's men were bowled out for 107 and 88 in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Baroda.
The hosts looked set for an easy win after they reduced West Indies to 80 for 8. Mohammed and Selman made them sweat, putting together a 37-run ninth-wicket partnership, the joint highest of the match, but left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana, who returned remarkable figures of 3 for 10 in 10 overs with five maidens, took the crucial wicket of Mohammed for 26 and India levelled the five-match series 1-1.
India struck early in West Indies' chase. Their captain Jhulan Goswami got the crucial wicket of Staphanie Taylor, who had scored 85 in the first ODI, in the third over for just four, and West Indies were soon 29 for 3 after seamer Rumeli Dhar trapped Juliana Nero lbw and Shanel Daley became the first of three West Indies batsmen to be run out. Sultana took over in the middle overs, drying up the runs and taking the wickets of Deandra Dottin for 14 and West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira for a duck. Mohammed and Selman's recovery was a slow one, as they took 18.1 overs to get 37 runs. Tremayne Smartt was the last wicket to fall, run out off the last ball of the 48th over.
India looked like they were going to get a bigger total after their top four all got starts, and Harmanpreet Kaur and Diana David's 37-run fifth wicket partnership had taken them to 115 for 4 in the 33rd over. Kaur's wicket started a lower-order collapse and India managed only 20 more runs. But they proved to be enough in the end.