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March 19, 2009
India 2 for 86 (Naik 39*, Raj 34*) beat West Indies 84 (Taylor 29, Roy 4-14) by eight wickets
India made it to the third-place playoff after an eight-wicket win over West Indies at the Bankstown Oval. The Indian spinners, led by Priyanka Roy's career-best 4 for 14, did well again, taking six wickets between them as West Indies were bowled out for 84. It took India only 17.5 overs to chase down the paltry total.
Five West Indies' batsmen were dismissed for ducks, starting with captain Merissa Aguilleira, who was caught off Rumeli Dhar in the fourth over. Opener Stafanie Taylor (29) and Pamela Lavine (20) made up for the early loss by adding 45 for the second wicket but the rest of the batting order just crumbled after Lavine's fall in the 15th over. The last six wickets fell for 12 runs - Roy took two in an over - though India will worry since West Indies hung on for 44.4 overs. No. 9 Shanel Daley batted 33 balls for her 4.
Sulakshana Naik, who opened India's innings instead of Anagha Deshpande, started off positively but her partner Anjum Chopra struggled and eventually edged Debbie-Ann Lewis to the keeper for an 18-ball 3. Lewis got her second wicket three balls later when Poonam Raut, pushed up the order, was trapped leg before for a duck. But Naik and Mithali Raj ensured there were no more hiccups in the chase as they added 61 to finish off the proceedings.
India will now meet Australia on Saturday to determine the third and fourth places but both teams will automatically qualify for the next World Cup. West Indies and Pakistan, who will play the fifth-place playoff, will need to qualify for the 2013 edition and the World Cup qualifiers will be their next big tournament.
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