An unbeaten 98 from captain Stafanie Taylor and former captain Merissa Aguilleira’s 68 propelled West Indies Women to 281 and an 109-run victory over Pakistan in the third One-Day International at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia tonight.
Taylor and Aguilleira added 130 for the fourth-wicket as they took control of the match after the Windies had slipped to 57 for 3 with the loss of the wickets of Kycia Knight (17), Hayley Matthews (35) and Deandra Dottin (0).
Taylor struck six boundaries in her 117-ball knock while Aguilleira’s innings contained eight boundaries and lasted 90 balls. The former Windies skipper has shown a tremendous improvement in batting form since losing the captaincy, already registering two half-centuries in the series. She has been allowed to concentrate on her batting with Kycia Knight taking up duties behind the stumps.
Kycia’s twin sister, Kyshona Knight, batting at number six, contributed a swashbuckling 40-ball 45 that included five boundaries.
Slow left-arm orthodox spinner Anam Amin was the best of the bowlers with 2 for 50 in 10 overs.
In response Pakistan were restricted to 172 for 9 in their 50 overs. They lost wickets steadily and were never really in the game after being 93 for 4 in the 26th over. The number three batter Javeria Khan laboured for 127 deliveries for her unbeaten 73 while the next best score was Nain Abidi’s 18.
Player-of-the-Match Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 26 in 10 overs of stifling off-spin bowling. Matthews chipped in with 2 for 32 while fast bowler Shamilia Connell had 2 for 28.
The West Indies lead the series 2-1.