Comfortable Win Puts West Indies Into 2-0 Series Lead

Comfortable Win Puts West Indies Into 2-0 Series Lead
Comfortable Win Puts West Indies Into 2-0 Series Lead
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West Indies Women 74-4 (Kyshona Knight 24no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 73-8 by six wickets
Second One-Day International, Colombo
Report by John Pennington

West Indies Women moved into a 2-0 series lead over Sri Lanka Women by winning the second Twenty20 International in Colombo by six wickets.

Like the first match, runs came at a premium and after Sri Lanka had limped to 73 for eight, West Indies confidently reached 74 for four inside 16 overs to put themselves one win away from clinching the series.

Sri Lanka slipped to 38 for five and deserve credit for posting any sort of total but despite pushing West Indies close when scoring 87 in the opening game, this time they were well beaten.

None of their top eight players could reach double figures although Shashikala Siriwardene and Eshani Kaushalya made nine before Chamini Seneviratne top scored with 12 not out.

Just two boundaries were struck as Tremayne Smartt (2-13) and Subrina Munroe (2-10) bowled outstanding spells, backed up by Shakera Selman (0-15), Shanel Daley (1-13) and Shemaine Campbelle (1-20).

In reply, Deandra Dottin swiftly passed Sri Lanka's boundary tally on her own with three of them before she fell for 12 in seven balls and both her and Juliana Nero (0) were bowled by Kaushalya as Sri Lanka threatened to get back in the game.

From 14 for two, the Knight twins Kycia (21 in 37 balls) and Kyshona (24 not out in 31) advanced the score to 55, when Kycia was stumped off Siriwardene.

Merissa Aguilleira, whose last-ball four had won the first game, then made 14 to take her side to the brink of a win before she was run out with the scores level, allowing Daley to come in and hit the winning run with 15.4 overs bowled.

Kaushalya finished with figures of two for 13, once again Sri Lanka's outstanding performer; but today, they were completely outclassed.

The third match is on Tuesday (5th March).

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