A night to forget for West Indies

Feb 18, 2013, 08:49 IST | Shweta Haranhalli

The excitement and nerves of playing their first final seemed to affect the West Indies camp with most of their players fumbling around with the ball

The fielding standard was certainly not up to the mark and that helped the Aussies post a good total on the board. Merissa Aguilleira’s team received a major blow when their strike bowler Tremayne Smartt had to walk off the field due to an injury. Unfortunately for them, Smartt couldn’t make a return.

West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira in a pensive mood while eating a banana during a break in the Women’s World Cup final against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

The spirited West Indies pulled things back in the batting powerplay by picking up quick wickets, but it was all too late. The experienced Jodie Fields then led an Australian fightback with a quick fire 36.

The chase was never going to be easy for the West Indies under lights with their inexperienced batting order. It was all depended on the power of Stafanie Taylor (5) and Deandra Dottin (22) to get them through, but they could not hit the high notes.

Also, Kyshona Knight had to limp off the field due to a leg injury and the inexperienced middle order failed to stitch any decent partnerships which resulted in their downfall.

Things never really settled for the Windies which eventually resulted in their demolition. They would surely want to forget the night of the finals, but they should also be very proud by their overall efforts especially in the Super Six stage. They played their hearts out in this World Cup and deserve every bit of the appreciation. Remember, they were clearly the underdogs for the final.

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