West Indies Win Final Game In Dramatic Fashion
West Indies Women 122-5 (Dottin 43) beat
Sri Lanka Women 115 by seven runs
Fifth Twenty20 International, Colombo
West Indies Women beat Sri Lanka Women by seven runs in the fifth and final Twenty20 International in Colombo, taking the series 4-1.
In another tight game, West Indies posted 122 for five as Deandra Dottin top scored with 43 before their bowlers held their nerve at the death to dismiss Sri Lanka for 115.
Shanel Daley took four for 33 to negate a late blast of 44 in 26 balls from Eshani Kaushalya and the final wicket fell from the last ball of the series, capping off a set of games that were more competitive than the scoreline might suggest.
Dottin smacked two fours and three sixes in her innings as she got West Indies off to a powerful start. She was supported by Juliana Nero (25) before Kycia Knight (14) and Shaquana Quintyne (18) also added useful runs late on.
They were unable to sustain their fast start, however, and through a brace of wickets apiece from Udeshika Prabodhani and Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sri Lanka were able to keep themselves in the game.
They then looked completely out of it when a string of top-order failures left them reeling at 24 for five and even at 54 for six when Nilakshi de Silva fell for 14, it looked as if West Indies would cruise home.
Not so, as over the last two months, Kaushalya has proved herself to be a woman who never knows when she is beaten, and she found a willing ally in Deepika Surangika, who made an unbeaten 29 in 24 balls. Together the pair put on 36 in 4.2 overs but Kaushalya's dismissal, caught by Merissa Aguilleira off Tremayne Smartt, all but ended the comeback.
Needing 12 to win from the final over, the outstanding Daley lured the final three players out of their ground and Prabodhani (2), Ranasinghe (1)and Chandima Gunaratne (0) were all stumped by Knight, the wickets coming off the first, fifth and sixth balls of the over.
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