Brilliant Taylor powers Windies to big win
GROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC):
Captain Stafanie Taylor completed a brilliant all-round performance by picking up three wickets, as West Indies Women crushed Pakistan Women by 109 runs in the third one-day international to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth-match series here yesterday.
Chasing an imposing 282 for victory at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium, Pakistan Women were reduced to 172 for nine off their 50 overs, with off-spinner Taylor claiming three for 26.
Seamer Shamilia Connell (2-28) and off-spinner Hayley Matthews (2-32) both finished with two wickets apiece to help cripple the Pakistani innings.
Only Javeria Khan, with an unbeaten 73 off 127 balls, managed to make it past 20, and was one of only four batsmen in double figures.
Pakistan Women had a terrible start, losing both openers with just 19 runs on the board in the fifth over and never really recovered.
Javeria Khan put on 32 for the third wicket with Nain Abidi (18) and a further 42 for the fourth wicket with Aliya Riaz (17), as Pakistan reached 93 for three at the halfway stage before losing their way.
Earlier, Taylor agonisingly missed out on her sixth one-day international hundred as West Indies Women piled up 281 for five after they were sent in.
The right-handed Taylor finished on 98 not out, facing 117 deliveries and striking six fours.
She was given great support by former captain, Merissa Aguilleira, who stroked 68 from 90 balls, to record her second half-century in three innings.
Kyshona Knight chipped in with a brisk 45 off 40 deliveries, while opener Matthews struck a breezy 35 from 34 balls.