West Indies women’s cricket team used a patient bowling and fielding approach then a solid middle-order batting performance to chalk up a deserving victory in the first match of their seven carded on their current tour of Sri Lanka.
All seven matches are limited-overs games with the first four 50-overs-per side affair and the last three T-20 match-ups.
Today’s tour-opening match win sets the stage for the next three the results of which will count towards positions on the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Championship to take place in England in 2017′
Sri Lanka are currently languishing in the 7th place with only three points in six games while the West Indies are currently at 5th position with six points from same number of matches.
West Indies won today’s match by five wickets with 59 balls remaining, replying to Sri Lanka’s 149 all out with a 153 for 5 winning score.
Sri Lanka, batting first, prospered from a 79-run opening partnership in 20 overs but when Trinidadian off-spinner Anisa Mohammed made the breakthrough catching and bowling out Prasadani Weerakkody for the hosts topscore of 42, West Indies got the other wickets for the addition of just 70 runs.
Mohammed went on to log a ten-over spell for 15 runs with two maidens and two wickets but it was othervspinner Hayley Matthews who took three for 19 from her seven overs who starred,
West Indies effected four runouts.
In reply West Indies lost their first four wickets for just 41 runs but Deandra Dottin who made 84 not out featured in match-saving partnerships of 70 with captain Merissa Aguillera who made 30 and Aguillera’s Trinidad and Tobago compatrior Stacey Ann King (18 not out) to see West Indies home. ‘
Next match is on Friday.