Taylor And West Indies In Record-Breaking Win

Taylor And West Indies In Record-Breaking Win
Taylor And West Indies In Record-Breaking Win
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West Indies Women 368-8 (Taylor 171) beat
Sri Lanka Women 159 by 209 runs
Women's World Cup Group B, Mumbai

West Indies Women broke a host of records, Stafanie Taylor with a number of them by scoring 171, as they crushed Sri Lanka Women by 209 runs in their second World Cup match in Mumbai.

Faced with a must-win situation after they were well beaten by India in their opener, they responded perfectly, piling up 368 for eight and then dismissing Sri Lanka for 159.

Taylor's 171 is the third highest ODI innings of all time, behind only Belinda Clark's 229 and Charlotte Edwards' 173, both scored in the 1997 World Cup.

The 209-run winning margin lies just outside the top 20 in women's ODI history while twins Kycia (30) and Kyshona (44) Knight both top scored, adding a neat symmetry to the West Indian innings - the seventh highest of all time and highest by a West Indian side.

Sri Lanka had pulled off a remarkable one-wicket win over England in their first game but there was to be no repeat today as they could last only 40 overs in reply and none of their players could reach 30 as Shaquana Quintyne grabbed three for 32.

Taylor blasted 18 fours and two sixes in her whirlwind 137-ball innings, and was well supported by the Knight twins and then Deandra Dottin, who smashed 50 in 22 deliveries with five fours and four sixes.

Further runs were added late on by Merissa Aguilleira, who made 47 not out in 24 deliveries.

Sri Lanka were then just as outclassed when they came to bat and lost wickets regularly, the West Indies never losing control of the match.

Quintyne, Shanel Daley (2-35), Shakera Selman (1-35), Anisa Mohammed (1-10), Taylor (1-10) and Kyshona Knight (1-3) all picked up wickets as the West Indies showed off their versatility by using nine bowlers.

Only Juliana Nero and wicket-keeper Aguilleira didn't have a bowl, although such was their dominance, they might have fancied their chances.

Top scorer for Sri Lanka was Deepika Rasangika (28) while Prasadani Weerakoddy made 22, a career-best - which rather highlighted the difference between the two sides on the day.

Both sides go into the final round of matches - West Indies taking on England and Sri Lanka meeting India with a chance of reaching the Super Sixes.

© Cricket World 2013

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