Mag­nif­i­cent Tay­lor pushes Windies to big win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

VI­JAYAWADA, In­dia (CMC):

CAP­TAIN STAFANIE Tay­lor re­turned to form and West Indies Women to their win­ning ways, as they rolled over In­dia Women by six wick­ets in the open­ing Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional of the three-match se­ries, to claim their first win of an other­wise dis­mal tour here yes­ter­day.

The right-handed stroke-maker carved out a bril­liant 90 off 51 balls to fall just short of her maiden T20 cen­tury as the vis­i­tors clin­i­cally chased down a tar­get of 151, with five balls to spare at the Mu­la­padu Cricket Sta­dium.

Her runs proved pre­cious as no other bat­ter passed 20, again re­it­er­at­ing the chal­lenges the Windies Women have ex­pe­ri­enced with their bat­ting on the on­go­ing tour, where they suf­fered a 3-0 white­wash in the one-day se­ries.

New ball bowler Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with three for 31.

Ear­lier, skip­per Har­man­preet Kaur stroked an un­beaten 68, while Veda Kr­ish­na­murthy struck 50 as the hosts, opt­ing to bat first, posted 150 for four off their al­lot­ted 20 overs.

With their slide stum­bling at 28 for two in the sixth over, the pair came to­gether to add 88 for the third wicket and rally the in­nings.

Both right-han­ders, Kaur stroked six fours and three sixes in a 50-ball knock, while Kr­ish­na­murthy faced 46 de­liv­er­ies and counted six fours and a six. When Kr­ish­na­murthy be­came the sec­ond of seamer Shak­era Sel­man’s two wick­ets in the 17th over, Kaur and Jhu­lan Goswami (11 not out) put on an im­por­tant 21 off 15 balls for the fourth wicket to end the in­nings strongly.

In re­ply, Tay­lor took im­me­di­ate con­trol of the run chase for West Indies Women, an­chor­ing a se­ries of part­ner­ships to en­sure her side vic­tory.

BAT­TING CHARM

Re­turn­ing to her open­ing slot af­ter mostly bat­ting one-down in the three-match se­ries where she man­aged just 48 runs, Tay­lor dis­played all of her bat­ting charm as she ham­mered 12 fours and three sixes in an at­trac­tive in­nings.

She put on 31 off 24 balls for the first wicket with Hay­ley Matthews (18), 40 off 39 balls for the sec­ond wicket with Brit­ney Cooper (16) be­fore dom­i­nat­ing a 70-run fourth wicket stand off 41 balls with for­mer skip­per Merissa Aguilleira who made 15.

Her stand with Aguilleira put the con­test firmly in West Indies Women’s favour and even when both fell in the 18th over, the re­sult was all but done and dusted.

The sec­ond T20I is set to start at 11:30pm tonight.

Tay­lor

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