Stafanie Taylor leads West Indies Women to series sweep over Sri Lanka
Jamaican star Stafanie Taylor produced another good all-round performance as West Indies Women pulled off a comfortable 40-run victory over Sri Lanka Women in the final One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday to sweep their three-match series.
Sent in at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad, West Indies Women rallied to 182 for eight off their 45 overs, with captain Taylor stroking a top score of 55, opener Hayley Matthews getting 41 and former captain Merissa Aguilleira gathering an unbeaten 37.
Off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene was the best bowler with three for 26 while left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera supported with two for 24.
Taylor then picked up three for 29 with her off-spin to send the visitors crashing to 142 all out in the 41st over.
Fast bowler Shakera Selman also struck form, grabbing three for 30.
Dilani Manodara top-scored for Sri Lanka Women with 42 with Rebeca Vandort scoring 34.
In a contest reduced to 45 overs per side, the Windies suffered an early setback when Kycia Knight was dismissed cheaply for five with the score on eight in the fourth over.
However, Taylor and Matthews then came together in an 83-run, second wicket stand to prevent the possibility of collapse.
The right-handed Taylor faced 82 balls and counted seven boundaries while Matthews, also a right-hander, struck four fours in a 75-ball knock.
Matthews’s dismissal triggered a slide that saw four wickets fall for 30 runs and it took a 29-run sixth wicket partnership between Aguilleira and Kyshona Knight (14) to rally the innings.
Aguilleira’s knock was a crucial one as she hit three fours in a busy 42-ball innings.
West Indies then got a great start when Selman removed Nipuni Hansika (0) and Chamari Atapattu (11) to reduce the Sri Lankans to 18 for two in the seventh over.
Manodara, however, came to her side’s rescue, anchoring three small partnerships to keep the innings afloat.
She put on 33 for the third wicket with Yasoda Mendis (18), 20 for the fourth with Hasini Perera (8) before adding a further 30 for the fifth with Vandort, to push her side up to 101 for four.
Manodara had faced 85 deliveries and struck two fours when she was caught and bowled by Matthews in the 32nd over , leading to a slide which saw the last six wickets perish for 41 runs.
The series forms part of the new round of matches in the ICC Women’s Championship, which will be contested between the leading eight women’s teams in the World from now until March 2020.
The top eight teams include the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Australia, recently crowned World champions England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.
The teams are playing to secure direct qualification to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021.
Both teams will now turn their attention to the three-match Twenty20 series which starts in Antigua on Thursday.
WEST INDIES WOMEN
H Matthews b Siriwardene 41
Kycia Knight b Gunaratne 5
*S Taylor b Siriwardene 55
C Nation b Siriwardene 0
D Dottin lbw b Ranaweera 9
+M Aguilleira not out 37
Kyshona Knight c Manodara b Weerakkody 14
A Peters c and b Karunaratne 0
A Fletcher st Vandort b Ranaweera 3
A Mohammed not out 10
Extras (lb2, w6) 8
TOTAL (8 wkts, 45 overs) 182
Did not bat: S Selman.
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-91, 3-91, 4-112, 5-121, 6-150, 7-156, 8-168.
Bowling: Weerakkody 9-1-52-1, Gunaratne 9-3-27-1, Karunaratne 8-0-40-1, Ranaweera 9-0-24-2, Siriwardene 9-1-26-3, Atapattu 1-0-11-0.
SRI LANKA WOMEN
N Hansika lbw b Selman 0
Y Mendis c and b Fletcher 18
C Atapattu c wkp Aguilleira b S Selman 11
D Manodara c and b Matthews 42
H Perera run out 8
+R Vandort c Matthews b Taylor 34
S Siriwardene run out 7
H Karunaratne b Selman 2
S Weerakkody c Dottin b Taylor 4
*I Ranaweera c Kycia Knight b Taylor 5
C Gunaratne not out 4
Extras (lb1, w6) 7
TOTAL (all out, 40.4 overs) 142
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-18, 3-51, 4-71, 5-101, 6-114, 7-118, 8-133, 9-134, 10-142.
Bowling: Selman 8-1-30-3, Matthews 9-3-27-1, Fletcher 8-0-28-1, Mohammed 9-0-27-0, Taylor 6.4-0-29-3.
Result: West Indies Women won by 40 runs.
Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0.
Series: West Indies Women won three-match series 3-0.
Player-of-the-Match: Stafanie Taylor.
Umpires: Z Bassarath, D Butler.