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Taylor, Dottin guide Windies to 2-0 series lead
Another excellent performance by the West Indies women team after it over-powered Sri Lanka to record another victory on Friday night in the three-match ODI series played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Toruba. Today, the host will be seeking another win to register a whitewash of the visitors when the teams clash again in the third and final match at the same venue from 9.30am.The Windies took the opening game last Wednesday by six wickets and went one better on Friday with a seven-wicket rout. With the win the regional side now has four points in the ICC Women’s Championships, as it look to qualify for the World Cup 2021.
On Friday it was effective bowling by the West Indies spinners which restricted Sri Lanka to 162 all out and brilliant batting by skipper Stephanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin took them home at 163 for three. Chasing an under-par score of 163 to win the West Indies were expected to get over the line and at no time in their response did they ever look under pressure.
Openers Kycia Knight and Hayley Matthews added 49 runs for the first wicket, before the former played back to an arm ball and was bowled for 24 of 44 deliveries with two fours. Matthews followed for 25 of 48 balls with one four, to add to the 22 retired hurt she got in the first game.
Taylor looked in command from ball one and got an able partner in Dottin as the decimated the Sri Lankan attack. They clobbered the bowling to all parts of the ground and in the end victory was achieved with 7.2 overs still to go.
Taylor ended with an unbeaten 60 of 83 balls with three fours and a six and Dottin 37 not out of 37 balls with four fours and a six.
Earlier, the Sri Lankans got off to a flyer thanks to Yashoda Mendis. The lanky opener took the attack to the locals and looked good in compiling 34 in an opening stand of 53 with Nipuni Hansika. Her 34 came of 31 balls and included seven fours. Hansika made 18 and Chamari Attapatu scored 31 of 37 balls with three fours. Other significant contributions came from Dilani Manadora 26, Sripali Weerakody 19 and Rebeca Vandort 17. The pick of the bowlers for the West Indies were Afy Fletcher 3/24, Anisa Mohammed 2/16 and Taylor 2/31.
WI Women vs S Lanka WomenS Lanka Women
N Hansika c Aguilera b Mohammed 18
Y Mendis c Taylor b Fletcher 34
C Atapattu c Kycia Knight b Taylor 31
D Manadora run out 26
P Weerakkody st Aguilera b Mohammed 1
S Siriwardene lbw Fletcher 4
S Weerakkody c Taylor b Selman 19
A Kanchana hit wicket b Fletcher 3
R Vandort lbw Taylor 17
U Probodhani not out 2
I Ranaweera b Connell 0
Total all out 162
Fall of wkts: 53, 72, 104, 105, 112, 122, 129, 158, 160, 162.
Bowling: S Selman 5-1-20-1,
S Connell 3.3-1-24-1,
H Matthews 9-0-42-0,
A Fletcher 10-0-24-3,
A Mohammed 10-3-16-2,
S Taylor 9-0-31-2.
West Indies innings
H Matthews c Kanchana b Ranaweera 25
Kycia Knight b Atapatu 24
S Taylor not out 60
C Nation b Siriwardene 8
D Dottin not out 37
Total for 3 wkts 163
Fall of wickets: 49, 59, 86.
Bowling: U Probodhani 4-0-13-0
S Weerakoddy 7-0-34-0
A Kanchana 4-2-10-0
C Atapatu 5-0-27-1
I Ranaweera 10-0-43-1
S Siriwardene 9.4-0-33-1.
Result: West Indies won by 7 wkts.
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