CRICKET-WOMEN-LEAD Windies lose again in rain-hit contest.

 
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Not even a slightly farcical nine-over per side affair could snap West Indies Women's losing streak as they slid to a five-run defeat to India Women in the penultimate Twenty20 International here Sunday.

After an extended delay at the start forced a massive reduction in overs, India scrambled to 50 for seven with off-spinner Hayley Matthews claiming three for 13 and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher (2-2) and off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond (2-10) finishing with two wickets apiece.

Twenty-year-old Pooja Vastrakar was the only one to reach double figures with 10 as India never found their momentum after being asked to bat.

Matthews set the tone early when she removed dangerous 15-year-old Shefali Verma for seven in the opening over with the score on eight, holing out to long on off the fifth ball of the game.

And Matthews returned in the third over to strike twice, first having the opener Jemimah Rodrigues (6) brilliantly...

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