Brilliant Taylor lifts WI Women
VIJAYAWADA, India, CMC:
Captain Stafanie Taylor returned to form and West Indies Women to their winning ways, as they rolled over India Women by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series, to claim their first win of an otherwise dismal tour here yesterday.
The right-handed stroke-maker carved out a brilliant 90 off 51 balls to fall just short of her maiden T20I century as the visitors clinically chased down a target of 151, with five balls to spare, at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium.
Her runs proved precious as no other batsman passed 20, again reiterating the challenges the Windies Women have experienced with their batting on the ongoing tour, where they suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the one-day series.
New ball bowler Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with three for 31.
Earlier, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur stroked an unbeaten 68 while Veda Krishnamurthy struck 50 as the hosts, opting to bat first, posted 150 for four off their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, Taylor took immediate control of the run chase for West Indies Women, anchoring a series, of partnerships to ensure her side victory.
Returning to her opening slot after mostly batting one-down in the three-match series, where she managed just 48 runs, Taylor displayed all of her batting charm as she hammered 12 fours and three sixes in an attractive innings.
The second T20I is set for tomorrow at the same venue.