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Friday 24 November 2017
Cricket

Taylor steers Windies to series win

West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin takes a catch against Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI at the Brian Lara Academy, Tarouba.

NICKOLAI MADRAY

West Indies women claimed the ODI series against Sri Lanka after they won their second match of the ICC Women’s Championship at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Friday night. The regional women won by seven wickets in a clinical all-round performance.

Despite play being reduced to 47 overs per side, due to rain, West Indies won the toss and sent Sri Lanka to bat first. The visitors were bowled out for 162 despite a solid start through their openers Yasoda Mendis and Nipuni Hansika as they brought up a 51-run partnership in the first 10 overs.

Mendis, who was dropped early in her innings, top scored with 34 runs before she was caught in the cover by Stafanie Taylor off Afy Fletcher’s bowling. Sri Lanka slid to 113 for the loss of five after 30 overs as West Indies applied the pressure.

Wickets continued to tumble with Fletcher taking three for 24, Anisa Mohammed grabbing two for 16 runs and Taylor snatching two for 31 to dismiss Sri Lanka in 46.3 overs.

In response, the regional women were led by their captain and Player-of-the-Match Taylor who entered the crease in the 14th over when opener, Kycia Knight, was bowled out by Chamari Atapattu with the score 24 for one. The Windies lost two more wickets which saw Taylor joined by Deandra Dottin in 27th over.

The duo put on a match-winning partnership of 62 runs off 72 balls to inspire the second victory over Sri Lanka in 39.4 overs.

Taylor, with three fours and a six, ended on 60 not out, while Dottin added an unbeaten 37 to the chase after 39.4 overs.

The West Indies women will have the chance today to sweep Sri Lanka and snatch all six points from their three home games. The match will begin at 9:30 am at the Brian Lara Academy.

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