India defeated West Indies comprehensively by eight-wickets in Sydney on Thursday but the result was not good enough to ensure them a place in Sunday’s summit-clash of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
The Indians, who has a slim chance of making it to the final show down, were dealt a severe blow with Australia tilting their fate by posting a eight-wicket win over England in another Super Six match on Thursday.
For progressing to the final, India needed to beat the West Indies on Thursday and hoped that New Zealand go down to Pakistan and England beat Australia in the respective Super Six matches.
India, however, got a chance to make amends for the disappointment as the win over West Indies has ensured them a place in the third-place playoff match against Australia on Saturday with both the teams automatically qualifying for the next World Cup.
Chasing a timid target of 84 at the Bankstown Oval here, the Indians romped home with 193 balls to spare with opener Sulakshana Naik (39 0ff 48) and in-form Mithali Raj (34 off 41) doing the bulk of the scoring.
Earlier, West Indian skipper Merissa Aguilleira’s decision to bat first backfired as right-arm spinner Priyanka Roy (4/14) recored her career-best figures to run through the West Indian batting order after Amita Sharma (2/14) and Rumeli Dhar (1/16) did the early damage.