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West Indies defend 182 comfortably to complete whitewash

45 overs West Indies women 182 for 8 (Taylor 55, Siriwardene 3-26) beat Sri Lanka women 142 (Manodara 42, Taylor 3-29, Selman 3-32) by 40 runs

In 2013, Stafanie Taylor broke records across men’s and women’s cricket when she topped the ODI rankings for both batsmen and bowlers. In helping her team to a 3-0 series sweep over Sri Lanka, she showed once again why that was possible. In the final ODI, which along with the other two counted towards points in the ICC Women’s Championship, Taylor top scored with 55 to help West Indies along to 182 in the 45 overs they got to bat. Then, she knocked over three Sri Lanka batsmen with her offspin – and helped effect a run out – as Sri Lanka tumbled to 142 all out. And Taylor, with 117 runs at 58.50 and eight wickets at 10.50 in the series, once again topped both batting and bowling charts.

Sri Lanka chose to put West Indies in and would have been happy to have the early breakthrough in the wicket of Kycia Knight, but Taylor and Hayley Mathews combined for an 83-run second-wicket stand to steady the ship. Once they were separated though, wickets came freely and it was only a brisk, unbeaten 37 from Merissa Aguilleira that carried them past 150. Offspin-bowling allrounder Shashikala Siriwardene was the most successful of Sri Lanka’s bowlers, claiming 3 for 26.

The visitors were in trouble straightaway in the chase, falling to 18 for 2 in the seventh over, both blows struck by new-ball bowler Shakera Selman. They did not really recover and, despite resistance from Dilani Manodara and a small counterattack from Rebeca Vandort, fell well short.

Updated: October 16, 2017 — 7:23 am
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