Windies Women crush Japan
FATULLAH, Bangladesh, CMC – West Indies Women stormed to their third straight win of the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers, when they crushed minnows Japan by 10 wickets on Friday.
Playing at the Narayanganj Osmani Stadium, West Indies bundled out Japan for a meagure 71 off 38.2 overs and then strolled to their target off 16.3 overs.
Their victory followed a solid eight-wicket win over Pakistan on Thursday and an equally uncomplicated 213-run win against Ireland on Tuesday.
Winning the toss and opting to bat, Japan were never up for the fight in the Group B affair and were undermined by off-spinner Stafanie Taylor with five for 13.
She was helped out by vice-captain and fellow off-break bowler Anisa Mohammed who claimed three for 13, and leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne who finished with two for 17.
Only 28-year-old right-handed opener Mariko Yamamoto with 27, showed any resistance to the West Indies attack.
She put on 22 for the first wicket Ayako Iwasaki (7) and a further 39 for the second wicket with Shizuka Miyaji (17), to push Japan to 61 for one.
However, they spectacularly lost their last nine wickets for 10 runs to be bowled out cheaply.
West Indies then rested their regular openers and Britney Cooper (33 not out) and Kycia Knight (24 not out), stepped up to dominate Japan's bowling.
Cooper stroked five fours off 46 balls while Knight was more serene in hitting a single boundary off 53 balls.
West Indies head Group B with six points and have one match left against hosts Bangladesh on Sunday.