India and West Indies played out a thriller for the ages on Friday in Antigua. The visitors were coasting in the first of three ODIs at one stage but Stafanie Taylor and five-star Anisa Mohammed’s brilliance saw the Windies snatch the contest by a run.
The match had it all: There were stunning catches, with the winner being Harmanpreet Kaur by a country mile; some classy batting from Stafanie Taylor; Priya Punia’s grit; rookie Shabika Gajnabi showing nerves of steel at a critical stage, and to top it, some top class spin bowling by Anisa Mohammed.
Many of the Indian viewers tuning in for the game on the Windies’ YouTube channel were left looking for alternate platforms to catch a glimpse of the contest. While the geo-blocked link on the West Indies’s channel was inaccessible, none of the other scoreboard platforms could track the action from Antigua either. The BCCI women Twitter handle, though, were conspicuous by their silence; there wasn’t a single score update during the match. It was a similar story with their website too.
There were two competitive teams in action, watched by a capacity crowd in the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. There are ICC Women’s Championship points at stake here.
Irate viewers lambasted the people in charge of the broadcast. Here is how they reacted: