West Indies women lose again as Australia clinch T20I series
West Indies women went down by nine wickets against Australia women in the second Twenty20 International game of the three-match series on Monday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The victory secured the three-match series for Australia as they moved to an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Set just 98 to win after restricting West Indies women to 97 for nine with sterling performances with the ball and in the field, Australia won the match with 33 balls to spare and nine wickets in hand
With the threat of rain looming in Barbados, Alyssa Healy clobbered an unbeaten 58 from 43 balls – her fourth half century from five innings this tour – to lead Australia home.
Captain Meg Lanning chipped in with 22 not out, while Beth Mooney was the sole wicket to fall, for eight.
The start of the match was delayed by an hour due to consistently light rain. Australia won the toss and sent the West Indies women in to bat first. It was a comedy of errors that did not end well for the West Indies Women, as three run outs stifled their innings, resulting in the low total.
Britney Cooper and Kyshona Knight started a steady foundation of the innings, with Cooper looking fearless in her stroke play. With 30 runs on the board, Knight was the first to go, caught for six. Cooper was settled and set to score her second T20I half-century but backing up too far down the wicket saw her run out when Ash Gardner deflected a return shot from Stacy Ann King straight on to the stumps, running her out for 39.
It was then a progression of wickets as the West Indies women went from 30 for one to 64 for seven. Chinelle Henry and Shanika Gajnabi stitched together a salvaging partnership of 23 runs in the later stages of the innings. The West Indies women posted 97 for nine from their 20 overs, Chinelle finished on 21 not out and Shamilia Connell on one not out.
Jess Jonassen finished with two for 19 while Ash Gardener had one for 12, bowling for Australia.
Speaking after the match, West Indies women’s Head Coach Henderson Springer said,“ to me it was very disappointing, we didn’t hit many of our targets, some poor decision making with the three run-outs we had. It’s not something we would ever want to repeat while playing.”
Henderson continued, “I think we could have played a lot better and we need to in the last match coming up on Wednesday. Despite the rain earlier in the day, we still had a full 20-over match, so it should not have hampered the focus, but unfortunately we didn’t put up the score we wanted. We have one more match in this series, and we will rebuild again because it’s a long road and a hard road and the girls have got to resurrect that fight.”
Having already secured the One-Day International series 3-0, Australia remain on course for another whitewash; they play the final T20, again at Kensington Oval, on Thursday before heading back to Australia for the start of the home summer, which begins with another three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka.