West Indies Women Secure Series Victory

West Indies Women Secure Series Victory
West Indies Women Secure Series Victory
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West Indies Women 95-4 (Taylor 37no) beat
India Women 94-5 (Daley 3-14) by 6 wickets
Fourth Twenty20 International, Dominica

ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Stafanie Taylor produced a measured innings of 37 not out from 58 balls to guide West Indies Women to a series win with one match still to play against India Women in Dominica.

Taylor’s latest match-winning performance means that the home side take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, and the 20 year-old was clearly delighted with the performance of her side against one of women cricket’s top-ranked teams, saying, “This is a great result for the team and I am very happy for everyone in the team. We played very well. We are growing as a team and we are getting the results we deserve for the hard work we are putting in. We have done well in the last few years and we believe we will get better and challenge the other teams in the top four rankings.”

Deandra Dottin was the other key figure in West Indies’ successful run chase, chipping in with 26 from 17 balls to share a partnership of 46 for the fourth wicket with Taylor.

Earlier, Shanel Daley had returned figures of three for 14 from her four overs as India were restricted to just 94 for five from their 20 overs.

Speaking after the match, Taylor outlined how she had planned her innings, saying, “It was basically a matter of playing straight and batting to the end. Once I stayed to the end we would win. My mindset was quite clear today. I spoke to the coach and he told me not to focus too much on the scoreboard. He told me to focus on being there at the end of the innings and make sure I batted us to victory.

”Time was not the issue today...there was no pressure to score quickly. We saw India had less than 20 runs in the first six overs when they batted and they ended with close to 100 runs. I looked at that and realized you didn’t have to force the pace in the powerplay overs. My only intention was to be there at the end and win the match.”

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