COLOMBO –– A dominant unbeaten 151-run partnership between star batters Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin propelled West Indies Women to an 18-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method over Sri Lanka Women and a 2-1 lead in the four-match series, at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, yesterday.
West Indies Women made 215 for 3 in their 50 overs, and, chasing a revised target of 189 in 40.2 overs following a rain interruption, Sri Lanka finished on 170 for 8.
Taylor made a top-score of 86 with nine boundaries off 112 deliveries, while Dottin blasted 69 in 72 balls with five boundaries and a six, as the two rescued the West Indies from the discomfort of 64 for 3 at the end of the 22nd over. The fourth-wicket partnership saw Dottin and Taylor score at a rate of just under 5.40 runs per over as they repelled the hosts spin and seam attack.
Captain Merissa Aguilleira won the toss and opted to bat and Hayley Matthews and wicketkeeper-batter Kycia Knight got the side off to a relatively good start. Both were circumspect in their approach against the opening attack of the right-arm medium-pacers Sripali Weerakkody and Eshani Kaushalya. The openers took the score to 49 but at the start of the 17th over Matthews was bowled by the slow left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari for 22. Taylor joined Knight and they took the score to 64 before the left-handed opener was foxed out of her crease by Kumari and smartly stumped by wicketkeeper Prasadani Weerakkody for 34 scored off 69 deliveries.
Aguilleira, whose batting form has been indifferent over the past 18 months, came in ahead of Dottin but didn’t stay very long. She lasted two balls from Kumari, the second of which she edged behind to Weerakkody without scoring. Aguilliera has had scores of 0, 13 not out, 30, 3, 3, 5, 30, 2 and 0 in recent times and over 149 combined One-Day International and Twenty20 matches has managed four scores over 50. Though her batting is a worry, her work behind the stumps has been highly praised.
Dottin replaced her skipper and together with Taylor gave the innings much needed impetus. Kumari who finished with three for 48 from her 10 overs was the most threatening of the bowlers and demanded careful scrutiny. But Taylor and Dottin found the bowling of left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera and off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene much easier to contend with. Though West Indies never truly collared the Sri Lankan attack, their eventual total of 215 for 3 represented an excellent recovery.
The host nation got off to an even worse start than the West Indies in their run-chase. They slumped to 58 for 3 and then 99 for 4 in reply before rain halted play in the 25th over. Opener Prasadani Weerakkody was run out in the sixth over by Britney Cooper and the number three Yasoda Mendis was caught by Anisa Mohammed off the bowling of off-spinner Afy Fletcher for 16 in the 14th over. The other opener Chamari Jayangani was snapped up by Dottin off the bowling of off-spinner Mohammed in the 17th over for 25 and Matthews dismissed Siriwardene for 13 to leave Sri Lanka in dire straits.
The hosts would lose Kaushalya to Taylor in the first ball after resumption as West Indies Women maintained a stranglehold on the game. Then, Nipuni Hansika, who remained unbeaten on 50 off 71 balls, and Dilani Manodara added 41 runs in 8.4 overs as Sri Lanka women pursued their revised target. However, after Surangika was bowled by Fletcher, Sri Lanka women lost wickets regularly to finish just short of their goal. Fletcher finished with 2 for 25 from nine overs while Mohammed took 2 for 30 also in nine overs.
Despite their victory the West Indies Women will be concerned with their heavy number of extras –– 21 –– that included some 12 wides.
The fourth ODI is on May 20 at the same stadium.
West Indies Women
Kycia Knight st P Weerakkody b Kumari 34
H Matthews b Kumari 22
S Taylor not out 86
M Aguilleira*+ c P Weerakkody b Kumari 0
D Dottin not out 69
Total: 215/3 (50 Overs)
Extras: (w 4) 4
Did not Bat: S Campbelle, S King, A Mohammed, T Smartt, A Fletcher, B Cooper.
Fall of Wickets: 1-49 (Matthews, 15.6 ov), 2-64 (Kycia A Knight, 21.4 ov), 3-64 (Aguilleira, 21.6 ov).
Sri Lanka Women Bowling: S Weerakkody 6-0-24-0, E Kaushalya 7-0-21-0, S Siriwardene 10-0-50-0, S Kumari 10-0-48-3, M Samuddika 10-0-36-0, I Ranaweera 7-0-36-0.
Sri Lanka Women (Target; 189 From 40.2 Overs)
C Jayangani* c Dottin b Mohammed 25
P Weerakkody+ run out (Cooper) 7
Y Mendis c Mohammed b Fletcher 16
S Siriwardene c Smartt b Matthews 13
N Hansika not out 50
E Kaushalya c Campbelle b Taylor 8
D Surangika b Fletcher 16
S Weerakkody st Aguilleira b Mohammed 13
M Samuddika run out (Campbelle/Taylor) 1
S Kumari not out 0
Total: 170/8 (40.2 Overs)
Extras: (lb 7, w 12, nb 2) 21
Did not Bat: I Ranaweera.
Fall of Wickets: 1-35 (PM Weerakkody, 5.6 ov), 2-57 (Mendis, 13.6 ov), 3-58 (Jayangani, 16.2 ov), 4-86 (Siriwardene, 23.2 ov), 5-99 (Kaushalya, 24.5 ov), 6-140 (Surangika, 33.3 ov), 7-166 (SS Weerakkody, 38.6 ov), 8-169 (Samuddika, 39.4 ov).
West Indies Women Bowling: T Smartt 5-0-26-0, S King 3-0-17-0, A Mohammed 9-1-30-2, S Taylor 8-0-39-1, A Fletcher 9-0-25-2, H Matthews 6.2-0-26-1.
Result: West Indies Women won by 18 runs (D/L Method)
ICC Women’s Championship Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0