Third straight win puts Windies Women on top
SYLHET, Bangladesh (CMC) — West Indies Women stormed to the top of Group B with their third straight win after trouncing Sri Lanka Women by eight wickets in the World Twenty20 Championship at the Sylhet Stadium yesterday.
The victory was set up by left-arm spinner Shanel Daley who grabbed four for 15 from her four overs to send Sri Lanka tumbling to 84 all out off 16.5 overs.
Prolific opener Stafanie Taylor then made the result a formality by anchoring a measured run chase which saw West Indies reach their target with five overs to spare.
With the win, the Caribbean women moved to six points, virtually assuring themselves of a semi-final spot, with just one game left to play in the preliminaries.
Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka Women started well to reach 41 for one in the fifth over before suffering a sudden collapse to lose their last nine wickets for 43 runs.
Opener Yasoda Mendis top scored with 21, while Eshani Kaushalya got 20 but they were the only two players to pass 20.
Taylor and Kycia Knight (15) then gave West Indies a solid start of 36 from 41 balls, to negate any chance of a Sri Lanka comeback.
The right-handed Taylor faced 45 balls and struck seven fours, while Knight got 15 before she was stumped off off-spinner Siriwardene.