Windies Women batting has to step up — Mohammed

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies Women's batting will be under the spotlight in Wednesday's critical second One-Day International against South Africa at Kensington Oval.

The hosts suffered a batting meltdown in Sunday's opener at the same venue, failing to chase down a modest 202 and suffering a 40-run defeat in the process.

Windies Women now face a must-win scenario in order to avoid a series loss and vice-captain Anisa Mohammed said it was important the batting stepped up and made their presence felt.

“I think the batters just need to concentrate a little more, spend some time at the crease and give themselves a chance and once they do that, they can win games easily,” said the experienced off-spinner.

“I think looking at the last three games we've played against them, their bowling got the better of us so again, it's for our batters to step up and give us some runs and help us to win these games.

“Playing them in these conditions, I can't see South Africa beating us in any of the other games that we have against them.”

West Indies were outstanding over the first innings after winning the toss and fielding, restricting South Africa to 201 for nine from their 50 overs.

However, the run chase then faltered as the Windies veteran batsmen struggled, and only Shemaine Campbelle with 46 managed to make an impact.

The 30-year-old Mohammed, a veteran of 113 ODIs, said the team would be hoping to draw motivation from the good aspects of Sunday's game while also trying to improve on the areas that were lacking.

“We're looking to build on the last game. Looking back at the last game, we know where we went wrong. We played the majority of the games to our strength,” she said.

“We had a lot of good moments in the game, unfortunately we weren't able to capitalise in the second half and win that game but we've had a day to reflect and recharge and hopefully we'll be able to execute.”

Mohammed came in for praise from Coach Gus Logie for her effort with the bat which saw her hit 23 from 36 balls batting at number nine, and she is hoping the specialist batsmen follow her lead.

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