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Matthews, Taylor sets up easy win for West Indies Women over Sri Lanka

Staphanie Taylor led from the front in the first ODI against Sri Lanka
Staphanie Taylor led from the front in the first ODI against Sri Lanka
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West Indies Women 138-4 (Aguilleira 32no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 136 (Matthews 3-18) by six wickets
First One-Day International in Trinidad

West Indies got their ICC Women's Championship to a winning a start following a comfortable six wicket win over their Sri Lankan counterparts in the first One-Day International held at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. Afy Fletcher (3-42) provided the initial breakthrough with the dismissal of Nipuni Hansika (8) following which the visitors fought back through Yasoda Mendis (34), Chamari Atapattu (25) and Dilani Manodara (28 not out).

Just as Sri Lanka were rebuilding their innings, a triple strike from Hayley Matthews (3-18) saw the back of Mendis, Atapattu and Prasadani Weerakkody (8) while skipper Staphanie Taylor (3-24) further dented their hopes with the wickets of Shashikala Siriwardene (0), Ama Kanchana (7) and Sripali Weerakkody (9) as the visitors were bowled out for 136 in 49.4 overs.

West Indies in their chase lost Kycia Knight (1) and Taylor (2) early. Matthews (22) and Chedean Nation (24) helped their overcome the early blow before the former had to retire hurt.

With Nation too departing, Sri Lanka felt they had a glimmer of hope having the home side down at 61 for three before Deandra Dottin (22), Merissa Aguilleira (32 not out) and Kyshona Knight (21 not out) saw the team through in 39 overs with six wickets in hand.

The win has taken West Indies to a 1-0 lead in the three match series with Matthews bagging the player of the match award.

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