Mandhana shines on return

Antigua: India women’s cricket team defeated West Indies by six wickets in the third ODI and sealed the three-match series 2-1 here at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.

All eyes were on Smriti Mandhana, who was out of action with a toe injury, shone on comeback as she top-scored with a 63-ball 74. The injury had kept Mandhana out of action during the home series against South Africa and the 1st 2 ODIs in West Indies but the elegant left-hander looked in complete control on Wednesday. The star player Sriti Mandhana hit 9 boundaries and 3 sixes in her match-winning knock and helped put the pressure on West Indies bowlers in what turned out to be a relatively easy run chase.

Skipper Mithali Raj came out to bat next and she had a partnership of 40 runs with Raut, but West Indies got the wicket of Raj (20) in the 40th over.

Earlier, after opting to bat, Windies got off to the worst possible start as Natasha Mclean (3) was sent back to the pavilion in the sixth over.