Taylor’s 171 sinks Sri Lanka

The West Indies women’s team put the disappointment of defeat against India in the first match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 behind them to thump Sri Lanka Women by a massive margin of 209 runs at MIG Ground in Mumbai on Sunday (February 3). Put into bat, West Indies, powered by Stafanie Taylor’s 171, posted 368 for 8 in its 50 overs and then bowled out Sri Lanka for 159 in 40 overs.

Taylor and Kycia Knight put on 62 runs for the opening wicket in 9.2 overs before Shashikala Siriwardena, the Sri Lankan captain, sent back Kycia for 30, which came off 29 balls. Shemaine Campbelle fell soon after that but that was to be Sri Lanka’s last significant influence on the proceedings.

Taylor first found an able ally in Kyshona Knight, Kycia’s twin, with whom she put together a 110-run partnership in 20.4 overs. Kyshona fell for 44, run out in the 34th over. Her 67-ball innings included two hits to the boundary. With the stage set for acceleration, Deandra Dottin smashed her way to a 22-ball 50 and in the process shared a 90-run partnership with Taylor, which came in just 39 balls.

By the time Taylor became the seventh wicket to fall, she had added another 55 runs with Merissa Aguilleira, the captain, who remained unbeaten on 47 (24 balls). Chamari Atapattu caught Taylor off Chamani Seneviratna in the 48th over of the innings to bring an end to the carnage. Taylor’s 137-ball innings consisted of 18 boundaries and two sixes. Seneviratna, Siriwardena and Sharina Ravikumar picked up two wickets apiece but that was not enough to affect the flow of the West Indies innings.

Starting its chase of 369 runs, Sri Lanka was soon reduced to 89 for six and much before the half-way mark the game was out of its grasp. Deepika Rasangika and Sripali Weerakkody put on 37 runs for the seventh wicket but by then Shanel Daley and Shaquana Quintyne, who picked up five wickets between them, ensured that the momentum gained by the batters was maintained.