West Indies women swept the home leg of the One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka to make a strong start to the ICC Women’s Championships at the Brian Lara Academy, Tarouba, yesterday. West Indies won by 40 runs to claim the series 3-0 and all six points. Overs were restricted to 45 per innings as the match had a delayed start due to rain.
Sri Lanka won the toss and sent the regional women in to set the target for the first time in the series. West Indies started slowly and were 27 for the loss of one wicket after 10 overs with Kycia Knight back in the pavilion after she was bowled by Chandima Gunarathne for five runs.
Captain Stafanie Taylor joined Hayley Matthews at the crease and the pair put on a solid partnership of 83 runs off 132 balls. Sri Lanka’s Sashikala Siriwardene broke the partnership, though, bowling out Matthews for a patient 41 runs off 75 balls while Taylor struck 55 runs off 83 deliveries before she too was dismissed. After 40 overs, West Indies women were 150 for the loss of five with Merissa Aguillera pushing the score along with an unbeaten knock of 37 runs to propel them to 182 for eight from the 45 overs.
Siriwardene claimed three wickets for 26 runs and Sri Lanka’s captain, Inoka Ranaweera, got two wickets for 24 runs.
In response, Sri Lanka had a tough task as Shakera Selman delivered a wicket-maiden first over, claiming Nipuni Hansika’s wicket off the first ball in the innings. Chamari Athapaththu came into the action and stroked two fours before being caught by Aguillera off Selman’s bowling. After 10 overs, Sri Lanka were 31 for the loss of two wickets with Yoshoda Mendis and Dilani Manadora at the crease. Mendis was later caught and bowled by Afy Fletcher on 19 runs as the visitors were 69 for three after 22 overs. Manodora tried to steady the innings for Sri Lanka, however, she was caught and bowled by Matthews for 42 runs in the 32nd over.
Wickets continued to fall as Siriwardene was run out by Deandra Dottin for seven while Selman got her third wicket of the innings, bowling out Hansima Karunathne for two runs. Taylor then claimed two wickets in quick succession as Rebeca Vandort (34) and Sripali Weerakkody (4) were caught by Matthews and Dottin, respectively. Ranaweera was the last wicket to fall for the visitors, caught by Kycia Knight off Taylor’s bowling. Sri Lanka were all out for 142 runs after 40.3 overs. Stafanie Taylor was given the player-of-the-match award for her performance as well as player-of-the-series.
Summarised Scores: WEST INDIES 182/8 (45 overs) - Stafanie Taylor 55, Hayley Matthews 41, Merissa Aguilleira 37 not out; Sashikala Siriwardene 3/26, Inoka Ranaweera 2/24 vs SRI LANKA 142 all out (40.3 overs) - Dilani Manadora 42, Rebeca Vandort 34.