SCOREBOARD BATTING CHARM VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC): Captain Stafanie Taylor returned to form and West Indies Women to their winning ways, as they rolled over India Women by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series, to claim their first win of an otherwise dismal tour here yesterday. The right-handed stroke-maker carved out a brilliant 90 off 51 balls to fall just short of her maiden T20 century as the visitors clinically chased down a target of 151, with five balls to spare at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium. Her runs proved precious as no other batter passed 20, again reiterating the challenges the Windies Women have experienced with their batting on the ongoing tour, where they suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series. New ball bowler Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with three for 31. Earlier, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur stroked an unbeaten 68, while Veda Krishnamurthy struck 50 as the hosts, opting to bat first, posted 150 for four off their allotted 20 overs. With their slide stumbling at 28 for two in the sixth over, the pair came together to add 88 for the third wicket and rally the innings. Both right-handers, Kaur stroked six fours and three sixes in a 50-ball knock, while Krishnamurthy faced 46 deliveries and counted six fours and a six. When Krishnamurthy became the second of seamer Shakera Selman’s two wickets in the 17th over, Kaur and Jhulan Goswami (11 not out) put on an important 21 off 15 balls for the fourth wicket to end the innings strongly. In reply, Taylor took immediate control of the run chase for West Indies Women, anchoring a series of partnerships to ensure her side victory. Returning to her opening slot after mostly batting one-down in the three-match series where she managed just 48 runs, Taylor displayed all of her batting charm as she hammered 12 fours and three sixes in an attractive innings. She put on 31 off 24 balls for the first wicket with Hayley Matthews (18), 40 off 39 balls for the second wicket with Britney Cooper (16) before dominating a 70-run fourth wicket stand off 41 balls with former skipper Merissa Aguilleira who made 15. Her stand with Aguilleira put the contest firmly in West Indies Women’s favour and even when both fell in the 18th over, the result was all but done and dusted. The second T20I is set to start at 11:30pm tonight. INDIA WOMEN V Vanitha lbw b Selman 3 S Mandhana c wkp Aguilleira b Dottin 11 V Krishnamurthy c Kycia A Knight b Selman 50 *H Kaur not out 68 J Goswami c Selman b Nation 11 A Patil not out 0 Extras (lb2, w4, nb1) 7 TOTAL (4 wkts, 20 overs) 150 Did not bat: E Bisht, S Pandey, P Yadav, P Bose, +N Parween. Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-28, 3-116, 4-137. Bowling: Selman 4-0-26-2 (w2, nb1), Dottin 4-0-19-1, Matthews 4-0-14-0, Mohammed 2-0-19-0, Fletcher 2-0-26-0 (w1), Nation 4-0-44-1 (w1). WEST INDIES WOMEN H Matthews c Bisht b Pandey 18 *S Taylor b Pandey 90 B Cooper st Parween b Preeti Bose 16 +M Aguilleira c Vanitha b Pandey 15 D Dottin not out 11 Kycia Knight not out 2 Extras (w2) 2 TOTAL (4 wkts, 19.1 overs) 154 Did not bat: S Quintyne, A Mohammed, S Selman, C Nation, A Fletcher. Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-71, 3-141, 4-142. Bowling: Goswami 4-0-29-0, Pandey 4-0-31-3 (w2), Bisht 2-0-16-0, Patil 3.1-0-27-0, Poonam Yadav 2-0-19-0, Preeti Bose 3-0-20-1, Kaur 1-0-12-0.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The American Enterprise Institute hosted an event Jan. 24 titled “What will Greenspan’s departure mean?” One topic of discussion: “Will Federal Reserve policy change under Bernanke, or has the Greenspan approach been hard-wired into the Fed?” Translation: Will it even matter that there’s a new chairman? “It’s natural to be nervous about the transition,” said Marvin Goodfriend, professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. “It’s the nature of the beast, when someone has been terrifically successful at this job, like Alan Greenspan has been, and has been in the job for a long time, you have to adapt to a new style of leadership. But I don’t personally believe there will be much difference in the substance of the leadership.” Investors are hoping he’s right. Richard Bernstein, Merrill Lynch’s U.S. strategist, said when he lowered his rating for the financial sector Jan. 17, “if new Fed Chairman Bernanke is not as ‘dovish’ (toward inflation) as the market apparently expects, then investors might have to reconsider their recent enthusiasm toward financial” stocks, which could be hurt by further interest rate increases. NEW YORK – Wall Street loves incoming Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. It makes you wonder how investors would react to someone they hate. Merrill Lynch lowered its ranking of the financial sector from seventh to ninth among Standard & Poor’s 10 stock sectors, with concerns about Bernanke given as one reason for the downgrade. UBS is already talking about how the new Fed chairman can allay doubts about him. And some events marking the transition between chairmen are decidedly backward-looking. Bernanke was a popular choice as Fed chairman. On the day his appointment was announced, stocks had their best close in roughly six months; the Dow Jones industrial average rose nearly 170 points. But the truth is that after 18 years with Alan Greenspan as Fed chairman, the Street is still fixated on the man. Other investors are concerned that he won’t use short-term rate hikes to pop economic bubbles, as some feel Greenspan has done, using the most recent rate increases to cool down housing prices. Others are less nervous about Bernanke’s policies than where he comes from. “(G)iven his academic background, investors are more likely to question Mr. Bernanke’s ability to analyze real-time data, something Mr. Greenspan was famed for, than his commitment to low inflation,” UBS economist Maury Harris wrote in December. “In that context, he will lose credibility if he under-appreciates the extent to which (economic) growth is already weakening in response to earlier rate hikes,” Harris wrote. He then added ways Bernanke could “address doubts about his inflation-fighting credibility.” Some investors dare suggest Bernanke may have strengths Greenspan lacks. Penny M. Russell, executive vice president of H.C. Wainwright & Co. Economics Inc., points out that Greenspan was a child of the Great Depression, while Bernanke’s experience “is squarely within the baby-boomer generation.” Greenspan is 79, while Bernanke is 52. “That can’t help but imbue him with a more optimistic approach to the resilience of American financial markets,” Russell wrote. Merrill Lynch’s U.S. economist David Rosenberg wrote, with a nod to Greenspan’s often ambiguous speeches, “Given his (Bernanke’s) past accessibility to market types, his Fed experience, and the fact that we will not have to reach for a bottle of aspirin when reading his speeches, we think Bernanke is a great choice for Fed chairman.” When Bernanke was a Fed governor, “practically every portfolio manager we met with who visited the Fed had met Bernanke and had positive things to say about him,” Rosenberg wrote. Russell said Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman was asked whether he would like to see another genius at the Fed. His response, she reported, was, “Of course, we’d like to have another one.” Then he reconsidered, “Though wouldn’t it be better if we learned that we could do without one?” Russell wrote, “We agree. But absent that happy circumstance, it just may be that Mr. Bernanke will prove to be the next best thing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!