Kamini century underpins India win
Thirush Kamini became the first Indian to make a century at the Women’s World Cup as the host nation defeated West Indies by 105 runs in the opening match of the 2013 tournament at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.
Kamini’s patient 100, together with 72 from opening partner Poonam Raut, underpinned a healthy India total of 284 for six that was boosted by powerful cameos from Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur.
West Indies never looked likely to overhaul their opponents’ score, although Deandra Dottin, who had earlier claimed 3-32, provided brief fireworks with a spectacular 16-ball 39 featuring four sixes.
Despite Dottin’s efforts, the Windies were ultimately bowled out for 179 in the 45th over as Nagarajan Naranjana returned 3-52.
Kamini, fortunate to survive a strong lbw appeal from Shaquana Quintyne on 36, and Raut operated with caution for much of their 175-run opening stand, which spanned 37 overs.
After Kamini had struck the first six of the tournament off Shanel Daley, the bowler gained revenge by trapping Raut, who faced 94 balls, lbw on the sweep.
Emotional celebrations soon followed as Kamini brought up her maiden ODI ton and, although she was run out by Dottin in the next over, India accelerated impressively as Goswami and Kaur thumped 36 apiece, from 21 and 22 balls respectively.
Dottin’s own boundary-hitting proved even more eye-catching, yet West Indies, hampered by the second-ball run-out of Kycia Knight, were already in trouble at 38 for three when the all-rounder entered the fray.
When Dottin departed lbw to a jubilant Niranjana in the 19th over, any realistic hopes of a Windies win went with her.
Daley contributed 28 from number seven, but India were still able to ease home, with the economical Goswami claiming the final two scalps for figures of 2-13 from 9.3 overs.