WIW 204 (47.5 Ovs)
AUSW 205/2 (38.1 Ovs)
Brief scores: West Indies 204/10 in 47.5 overs (Hayley Matthews 46; Ellyse Perry 3-47) lost to Australia 205/2 in 38.1 overs (Nicole Bolton 107*, Beth Mooney 70) by eight wickets.
Stafanie Taylor, the West Indies captain, couldn’t remember what her playing XI was. Not just that, on winning the toss, she said they would bat first, before quickly adding, “sorry bowl” and ended up justifying her decision. What caused the drama was that it was the West Indian openers who took the field, all set to bat, when it was time for play. It was eventually understood that the match referee declared that the call of her first choice would stand. It was, perhaps, the error in her call, that ultimately cost her side as Australia made the most of the conditions and bowled West Indies out for 204 in 47.5 overs, only to chase it down in 38.1 overs after Nicole Bolton scored her third ODI century.
The Australians didn’t relent; they kept the batsmen on their toes thereafter after sensing an inroad. They were clinical in the field, bowled with variations and into the pitch, that left the West Indies batters eventually with few answers as they crumbled from 157 for 4 to 168 for 6. Valuable runs were added by Taylor, who held her end despite running out of partners, and added 28 with Anisa Mohammad for the seventh wicket. But once Taylor was out for 45 off 57, West Indies only managed to get seven runs more.
Taylor: The top order started off well but the middle order just did not push on. From the bowling point of view we need to stick to our gameplan. The batters need to take this as an example and move on.
Lanning: Very good performance overall. Restricting WI to 200 was a good ask and then clinical from Bolton and Beth at the start. They took their time in the beginning and then accelerated. We don’t see ourselves as defending champs. We are here to win the World Cup like all other sides are. Looking forward to play some good cricket in the future.
Nicole Bolton, Player of the Match: It is just amazing to be a part of the World Cup. The bowlers did a fantastic job in restricting a strong side such as theirs to 200. Glad to be there at the end as well to finish it off. While we were setting up the innings, both of us kept positive. It would have been wonderful had Beth stayed with me at the end as well.