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W.I. WOMEN GO FOR NO.1

Image: Captain Stafanie Taylor cuts durin

Final ODI Against Pakistan Today.

Image: Captain Stafanie Taylor cuts durin
Captain Stafanie Taylor cuts durin

PAKISTAN and host West Indies will meet in the final of their four ODI match series today starting from 2.00 p.m. at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.

The West Indies have won two matches in a row after conceding the first but today’s game is of great significance to the home team. A victory will give them the series 3-1 and with it the top spot on the ICC world rankings along with Australia.

West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor leading the team for the first time has been in fine form in the matches so far just barely missing a half century and then a century.

The player she succeeded as captain, Merissa Aguillera has also been in good touch with the bat with two half centuries.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening Taylor stamped her authority over Pakistan women with a powerful all-round performance, making an unbeaten 98 and then taking 3 for 26 in 10 overs to secure a 109 run win for her team at the BCG.

The small crowd at hand appreciate Taylor’s performance.  (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
The small crowd at hand appreciate Taylor’s performance. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

The visitors had made a promising start after choosing to bowl and had West Indies at 57 for 3 in 10.1 overs. Taylor then put on 130 runs with Aguilleira, who was run out for 68.

Kyshona Knight’s 45 off 40 balls added the finishing touches as West Indies powered to 281 for the loss of 5 wickets.

Taylor, on 90, had faced the last four balls of the innings, but could manage to score only two off each delivery, finishing two runs short of what would have been a well deserved century.

Pakistan’s chase of a challenging target barely got off the ground. Javeria Khan played a sole hand, making an unbeaten 73 at No. 3, but no one else got past 20. Taylor cut through the middle order, taking three successive wickets to reduce Pakistan from 93 for 3 to 125 for 6. They were eventually restricted to 172 for 9 in 50 overs.

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