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WI Women clinch series


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WI Women clinch series

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ROSEAU – Stafanie Taylor led the way with 37 not out to help West Indies Women clinch their Twenty20 International series against India Women with a six-wicket victory yesterday.
Taylor, the reigning women’s World Player Of The Year, collected just two boundaries from 58 balls, as the Windies Women, chasing 95 for victory, reached their target with three balls remaining in the fourth match at Windsor Park.
The result meant that the home team secured an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, which concludes on Monday at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Shanel Daley grabbed three wickets for 14 runs from four overs, as the Indians, sent in to bat, were restricted to 94 for five from their allocation of 20 overs, despite a match-high 49 not out from Mithali Raj.
West Indies Women were set back early when opener Juliana Nero was bowled by Jhulan Goswami for two and were wobbling on 41 for three after Stacy Ann King and Britney Cooper fell cheaply.
But Deandra Dottin came to the crease and slammed two fours and one six in a typically enterprising 26 from 17 balls, sharing 46 for the fourth wicket with Taylor to put the Windies Women firmly on course.
Earlier, Daley, the daughter of former Jamaica men’s all-rounder Aaron Daley, bowled Sulakshana Naik for a duck and Goswami for two, and had Amita Sharma caught behind for eight as India Women slumped to 17 for four.
The Windies Women continued to bowl steadily, and though Raj resisted in a stand of 42 for the fifth wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur and 36 – unbroken – for the sixth with Veda Krishnamurthy, India never fully recovered.
The teams will play three One-day Internationals – all in Jamaica – on February 29, March 2 and 4. (CMC)
SCOREBOARD:
INDIA WOMEN (maximum 20 overs)
+S. Naik b Daley     0
A. Sharma c wkpr *Aguilleira b Daley     8
J. Goswami b Daley     2
M. Raj not out     49
*A. Chopra b Taylor     1
H. Kaur c and b Selman     17
V. Krishnamurthy not out     14
Extras (w2, nb1)     3
TOTAL (5 wkts – 20 overs)     94
Did not bat: S. Sharma, A. Das, E. Bisht, G. Sultana
Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-10, 3-11, 4-17, 5-59
Bowling: Daley 4-0-14-3, Etienne 1-0-9-0, Selman 4-1-10-1, Taylor 4-0-18-1, Mohammed 4-0-22-0, King 1-0-8-0, Campbelle 2-0-13-0
WEST INDIES WOMEN
(target: 95 off 20 overs)
J. Nero b Goswami     2
S. Taylor not out     37
S. King c S. Sharma b Bisht     10
B. Cooper lbw b S. Sharma     9
D. Dottin b Sultana     26
S. Daley not out     3
Extras (b2, lb1, w5)     8
TOTAL (4 wkts – 19.3 overs)     95
Did not bat: *+M. Aguilleira, A. Mohammed, P. Etienne, S. Selman, S. Campbelle.
Fall of wkts: 1-3, 2-23, 3-41, 4-87
Bowling: Goswami 4-1-19-1, A. Sharma 2-0-13-0, Bisht 3.3-0-18-1, Das 4-1-10-0, S. Sharma 3-0-12-1, Sultana 3-0-20-1
Result: WI Women won by six wickets (three balls remaining).
Series: WI Women lead five-match
series 3-1.
Toss: WI Women
Player Of The Match: S. Taylor
(WI Women)
Umpires: Lennox Abraham, Vivian Johnson
Match referee: Adrian Griffith
Reserve umpire: E. Degalarie
(CMC)

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