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Taylor century leads Windies Women to ODI victory over Pakistan Women

Taylor century leads Windies Women to ODI victory over Pakistan Women
Stafanie Taylor: No.1 batsman and No.1 all-rounder in the World. (FP)

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua Captain Stafanie Taylor led a masterclass with both bat and ball as the West Indies Women defeated Pakistan Women by five wickets in the CG Insurance 1st One Day International  at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on Wednesday.

Taylor won the toss and elected to bowl first.

It was a spinner’s day for West Indies who won the toss, as Taylor and Anisa Mohammed combined for five wickets between them. Taylor took three for 29 and vice-captain Mohammed two for 31.

The West Indies bowlers ensured the Pakistan batters never got going with the exception of Nida Dar and Ayesha Zafar who scored 55 and 46, respectively.

Hayley Matthews and Kyshona Knight opened the West Indies run-chase but were both out inside of 12 overs. Kycia Knight and Taylor posted a 23-run partnership before the former departed for 19 from a patient 44 deliveries and Deandra Dottin had a short nine-run stay at the wicket.

It was the last two partnerships that Taylor formed with Chedean Nation (46) for the fifth wicket and another 46-run partnership with Britney Cooper that took the West Indies Women to victory. Cooper had her share of lofty shots off the Pakistan bowlers, finding the boundary ropes three times. Needing one run to win, Taylor flicked one off the legs to take her team to victory and bring up her sixth ODI century.

After the match Taylor told CWI Media: “You know I’ve been dreaming of this day, to finally pass that five hundreds and finally make it six, I’m really happy. I said to myself that I know I’m always in this position (with wickets down)and I like batting  in 50-over games, so it’s a matter of getting myself in and once I know I get myself in and somebody else on the other end batting, we should get the runs.”

Summarised scores:

Pakistan Women 205-9 in 50 overs (Nida Dar 55, Ayesha Zafar 46, Muneeba Ali 36, Umaima Sohail 15, Aliya Riaz 12; Stafanie Taylor 3-29, Anisa Mohammed 2-31). West Indies Women 209-5 in 47.5 overs (Stafanie Taylor 105*, Chedean Nation 23, Kycia Knight 19, Britney Cooper 17*, Hayley Matthews 16; Sadia Iqbal 2-47). West Indies Women won by five wickets.  (PR/SAT)