India women extended their lead to 4-0 over the West Indies in the five-match series by edging out the hosts in a rain-affected thriller contest in Guyana on Sunday. Needing 13 runs to win off the final over, West Indies fell short by five runs to register their eighth straight loss in T20Is.
After the rain gods cut short the match to a nine-over context, Anisa Mohammed sent India to bat first. The Windies spinners made breakthroughs at regular intervals to keep the run-scoring in check — Hayley Mathews (three for 13), Afy Fletcher (two for 12) and Sheneta Grimmond (two for 10). Barring Pooja Vastrakar (10), none of the Indian batters reached double figures as they limped towards their total 50 for seven.
The Indian spinners then returned the favour, once again, and it was Deepti Sharma (one for eight) who led the charge. As the hosts took a conservative approach to their chase, the Indians created plenty of dot-ball pressure, picking up some wickets as well along the way. Anuja Patil (two for eight), who was handed the ball in the final over of the innings, started off by conceding a boundary to Natasha McLean.
McLean, though, was run out courtesy of Veda Krishnamurthy’s accurate throw the very next ball and Anuja held her nerve through the rest of the over to grant an in-form Indian side another victory in the five-match series.