India bounced back from their opening match loss to the West Indies with a tense three-run win over the hosts in the second Twenty20 International, at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua, on Sunday.
West Indies won the toss and elected to field. They restricted India to 95 for five from their 20 overs, which proved to be a competitive total.
India opener Mithali Raj top-scored for the visitors with 27 off 32 balls, while her opening partner Amita Sharma chipped in with 17 off 24 balls. The opening pair put on 38 before Sharma was bowled by Stefanie Taylor in the eighth over.
India skipper Anjum Chopra scored an unbeaten 16 off 37 balls to keep the innings alive, while extras amounted to 15.
When West Indies batted, just three of their players reached double figures.
Opener Juliana Nero top-scored with 31 off 33 balls, while Stacy Ann King made 28 off 30 and Anisa Mohammed added an unbeaten 20 off of just ten balls with one four and a six. The rest of the team, however, did not step up.
Four players were dismissed for nought in the West Indies innings as they reached 92 for nine when the overs ran out.
Jhulan Goswami was the best bowler for India, capturing three for seven from her four overs.
The five-match T20 series is tied at 1-1. The next T20 will be played tomorrow at Windsor Park in Dominica. The teams will also play three one-day internationals.
INDIA 95 for five off 20 overs (Mithali Raj 27, Amita Sharma 17, Anjum Chopra 16; Stacy Ann King 1/9, Anisa Mohammed 1/13, Shanel Daley 1/17, Stafanie Taylor 1/21) vs WEST INDIES 92 for nine off 20 overs (Juliana Nero 31, Stacy-Ann King 28, Anisa Mohammed 20 n.o.; Jhulan Goswami 3/7, Amita Sharma 2/16, Ekta Bist 1/19, Gouhar Sultana 1/32)
–India won by three runs