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Taylor brilliance sets up big win for West Indies

Stafanie Taylor cuts during her innings of 98 not out
Stafanie Taylor cuts during her innings of 98 not out
©WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography
Javeria Khan played a lone hand for Pakistan
Javeria Khan played a lone hand for Pakistan
©WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography

West Indies Women 281-5 (Taylor 98no, Aguilleira 68) beat
Pakistan Women 172-9 (Javeria Khan 73no, Taylor 3-26) by 109 runs
Third One-Day International, Saint Lucia

Stafanie Taylor struck an unbeaten 98 and then took three wickets to lead West Indies Women to a convincing 109-run win over Pakistan Women in the third One-Day International in Saint Lucia.

Captain Taylor hit six fours in her 117-ball innings as she and Merissa Aguilleira (68) guided the home side to 281 for five.

In reply, Javeria Khan played a lone hand with 73 not out as Taylor took three for 26 and Pakistan closed on 172 for nine.

The win puts West Indies 2-1 up in the four-match ODI series and lifts them to within two points of leaders Australia at the top of the ICC Women's Championship table.

Put into bat, West Indies got off to a flyer as Kycia Knight hit 17 in 14 balls and Hayley Matthews 35 in 34.

Although Deandra Dottin was dismissed by Asmavia Iqbal for a golden duck, Taylor and Aguilleira, who faced 90 balls and hit eight fours, put on 130 together for the fourth wicket.

And the runs kept coming even after Aguilleira was run out by Sana Mir as Kyshona Knight helped Taylor add a further 78 for the fifth wicket, her share being 45 in 40 balls.

Taylor just missed out on a century with Britney Cooper alongside her on three not out.

Anam Amin returned two for 50 for Pakistan with Iqbal and Sania Khan also taking a wicket.

In complete contrast to the home side, Pakistan made a poor start to their innings as openers Marina Iqbal (6) and Sidra Ameen (7) fell cheaply to Shamilia Connell and Tremayne Smartt respectively.

Javeria's half-century - her eighth in ODIs - gave Pakistan some hope of staying in the game but after she lost Nain Abidi (18) and Aliya Riaz (17), they were struggling.

She struck three fours in her valiant 127-ball knock but wickets tumbled at the other end, Taylor dismissing Riaz, Sana Mir (9) and Iram Javed (8).

Also in the wickets were Connell (2-28), Matthews (2-32), Dottin (1-19) and Smartt (1-31) as although Pakistan managed to bat through 50 overs, they were comprehensively beaten in the end.

The fourth and final ODI is on 24th October.

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