Tay­lor leads Windies Women to an­other win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

WEST INDIES Women re­mained true to form when they clinched their three-match Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries against In­dia with an un­com­pli­cated 31-run vic­tory in the sec­ond game here yes­ter­day.

De­fend­ing 137 for five at the Mu­la­padu Cricket Sta­dium, the Caribbean side knocked over the hosts for 106 off 18.1 overs, to win their sec­ond game in three days and make up for the pain of their 3-0 white­wash in the pre­ced­ing one-day se­ries.

Sent in, West Indies Women were again pro­pelled by cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor who top-scored with 47, while vet­eran De­an­dra Dot­tin stroked 35 and teenaged opener Hay­ley Matthews, 27.

Seamer Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with two for 29.

Matthews gave the in­nings im­pe­tus in a brisk 28-ball knock, which in­cluded five fours, but she and Brit­ney Cooper (5) fell in the space of nine de­liv­er­ies to leave the vis­i­tors on 41 for two in the eighth over.

Tay­lor then ex­pertly an­chored two key part­ner­ship to en­sure West Indies built a com­pet­i­tive to­tal. First, she put on 48 for the third wicket with Dot­tin, who dom­i­nated with a 21-ball cameo, which in­cluded five bound­aries.

Se­condly, she added a fur­ther 48 for the fourth wicket with for­mer cap­tain Merissa Aguilleira, whose 21 came from 17 balls and in­cluded two fours.

All told, Tay­lor faced 46 de­liv­er­ies and counted four fours.

In­dia Women then found them­selves in early trou­ble when they lost Sm­riti Mand­hana cheaply for four off the fourth ball of the in­nings with the score on five, and sev­eral at­tempts to re­vive the in­nings failed.

BEST STANDS

Cap­tain Har­man­preet Kaur top-scored with a brisk 43 off 37 balls with a four and three sixes, while Deepti Sharma chipped in with 24 from 21 balls, but the hosts strug­gled to put part­ner­ships to­gether.

Deepti Sharma added 24 for the sec­ond wicket with Meghna Singh (17) and an­other 22 for the fourth with Kaur for the best stands of the in­nings.

When Deepti Sharma was caught and bowled by off-spin­ner Anisa Mo­hammed in the 11th over, In­dia Women were strug­gling on 59 for four, and Mo­hammed and Dot­tin com­bined to trig­ger a col­lapse which saw the last six wick­ets go down for 47 runs.

Mo­hammed fin­ished with three for 23 and seamer Dot­tin picked up three for 24 – in­clud­ing Kaur who was last out.

The fi­nal game of the se­ries starts tonight at 11:30p.m.

Tay­lor

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