Taylor’s best cuts down Sri Lanka

MUMBAI, India – Stafanie Taylor underlined her enormous value with a career-best, fourth Women’s One-day International hundred to be the cornerstone of a commanding, 209-run victory for West Indies Women over Sri Lanka Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup on Sunday.

Taylor collected 18 fours and two sixes in 171 from 137 balls, leading the Windies Women to their highest WODI total of 368 for eight from 50 overs in their crucial second match of the tournament at the Middle Income Group Ground.

The 21-year-old all-rounder’s innings eclipsed her previous best of 147 against the Netherlands Women three years ago at Potchefstroom in South Africa as the highest score by a Windies Women’s batter in the WODIs.

Teenaged leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne then snared 3-32 from nine overs and Shanel Daley supported with 2-35 from nine overs, as the Sri Lankans folded for 159 in 40 overs to give the Caribbean side the lifeline they needed in the tournament.

The victory helped Merissa Aguilleira’s side put the disappointment of defeat against hosts India Women in the tournament opener behind them, moving them to the top of Group-A with a superior net run rate.

All of the sides in the group have two points with the Windies Women leading the way with a net run rate of +1.040.

They face England Women in their final group match in a day/night contest on Wednesday at the Brabourne Stadium.

Sent into bat, Taylor and Kycia Knight put on 62 for the first wicket in 9.2 overs before Shashikala Siriwardena, the Sri Lankan captain, made the breakthrough.

Knight was stumped for 30 in the 10th over and Shemaine Campbelle was run out for six, leaving the Windies Women 74 for two in the 13th over.

The Caribbean side took control from this point forward. Taylor and Kyshona Knight, Kycia’s twin, added 110 for the third wicket to add backbone to the innings.

Taylor reached her hundred from 97 balls with a boundary off Sharina Ravikumar in the 33rd over before Kyshona was also run out in the following  over for 44 from 67 balls that included just two boundaries.

Deandra Dottin came to the crease and typically smashed her way to a 22-ball 50, sharing 90 with Taylor from just 39 balls.

Dottin smote five fours and four sixes before Ravikumar bowled her in the 40th over, triggering a stumble that saw the Windies Women decline to 286 for six in the space of 11 deliveries.

They regained composure, when their captain Merissa Aguilleira joined Taylor and they added 55 for the seventh wicket to put the contest firmly out of reach of the Sri Lankans.

After Taylor was caught from a tired stroke off Chamani Seneviratna in the 48th over, Aguilleira continued the rampage to finish not out on 47 from 24 balls, as Seneviratna, Siriwardena and Ravikumar grabbed two wickets apiece for the Sri Lankans.

Medium-pacer Shakira Selman captured an early wicket, when she had Chamari Jayangani caught close to the wicket in the fifth over before Daley held a return catch to dismiss Yasoda Mendis for 17, setting the Sri Lankans back further on 29 for two in the sixth over.

The Windies Women’s bowlers continued to tighten the screws with steady bowling and Sri Lanka were soon wobbling on 89 for six long before the half-way stage.

The Caribbean team met resistance, when Deepika Rasangika and Sripali Weerakkody put on 37 for the seventh wicket, but a far more disciplined effort in the field ushered the Windies Women comfortably over the finish line.


WEST INDIES WOMEN (50 overs maximum)

Kycia Knight st Manodara b Siriwardene 30

S. Taylor c Jayangani b Seneviratna 171

S. Campbelle run out (Kaushalya) 6

Kyshona Knight run out (Rasangika) 44

D. Dottin b Ravikumar 50

J. Nero lbw b Siriwardene 2

S. Daley c Rasangika b Ravikumar 0

*+M. Aguilleira not out 47

S. Quintyne lbw b Seneviratna 5

A. Mohammed not out 3

Extras (b2, lb1, w7) 10

TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 368

S. Selman did not bat

Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Kycia Knight, 9.4 overs); 2-74 (Campbelle, 12.3); 3-184 (Kyshona Knight, 33.1); 4-274 (Dottin, 39.4); 5-281 (Nero, 40.5); 6-286 (Daley, 41.3); 7-341 (Taylor, 47.1); 8-365 (Quintyne, 49.5)

Bowling: Kaushalya 7-0-63-0 (w3); Weerakkody 6-0-52-0 (w1); Seneviratna 8-0-72-2 (w3); Siriwardene 10-0-58-2; Ravikumar 10-0-69-2; Dolawatte 9-0-51-0

SRI LANKA WOMEN (target: 369 off 50 overs)

A. Jayangani c Quintyne b Selman 7

Y. Mendis c and b Daley 17

P. Weerakkody c and b Quintyne 22

*S. Sirawardene c (sub) Smartt b Daley 10

S. Dolawatte c Selman b Mohammed 10

+D. Manodara run out (Dottin) 17

E. Kaushalya c Daley b Quintyne 6

D. Rasangika c Campbelle b Quintyne 28

S. Weerakkody not out 14

C. Seneviratna c Daley b Taylor 0

S. Ravikumar b Kyshona Knight 2

Extras (w25, nb1) 26

TOTAL (all out, 40 overs) 159

Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Jayangani, 4.1 overs); 2-29 (Mendis, 5.2); 3-51 (Siriwardene, 11.3); 4-75 (Dolawatte, 16.6); 5-81 (Weerakkody, 19.1); 6-89 (Kaushalya, 21.3); 7-126 (Rasangika, 29.5); 8-155 (Manodara 37.5); 9-155 (Seneviratna, 38.3)

Bowling: Selman 5-0-35-1 (nb1, w4); Daley 9-0-35-2 (w5); Mohammed 5.2-1-10-1; Dottin 2-0-11-0 (w6); Quintyne 9-0-32-3 (w2); Kycia Knight 0.4-0-6-0; Campbelle 3-0-17-0 (w3); Taylor 4-0-10-1 (w1); Kyshona Knight 2-0-3-1 (w1)

Result: West Indies Women won by 209 runs

Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0

Player-of-the-Match: S. Taylor (West Indies Women)

Umpires: V. Kulkarni (India), B. Pradhan (Nepal)

Match referee: D. Jukes (England)

Reserve umpire: M. Hawthorne (Ireland)

Sun, 02/03/2013 - 04:24