West Indies complete series win over Pakistan

West Indies celebrate their series win over Pakistan
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West Indies Women 183-4 (Taylor 87no) beat
Pakistan Women 182-5 by six wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Saint Lucia

West Indies Women beat Pakistan Women by six wickets in the fourth and final One-Day International in Saint Lucia to wrap up a 3-1 series victory.

Three wickets from Shamilia Connell and two from Anisa Mohammed restricted Pakistan to 182 for five batting first.

It never quite looked like being enough runs and with Stafanie Taylor continuing her good form with 87 not out in 107 balls, the home side passed their victory target in 42.2 overs.

The win also secured a 3-0 clean sweep of the ICC Women's Championship matches, putting the West Indies level on 16 points at the top of the table with Australia.

However, they have now played three more matches than Australia although now lift themselves eight points clear of Pakistan in fifth place, and are therefore well on course to qualify automatically for the Women's World Cup in 2017.

Although Bismah Maroof made 41 and Asmavia Iqbal 44 not out at the end of the innings, runs didn't come quickly enough for Pakistan.

Mohammed removed openers Javeria Khan for 25 and Ayesha Zafar for 20 before Connell dismissed Maroof, Nain Abidi (14) and Nida Dar (2) to return figures of three for 32.

Mohammed took two for 30 but from 107 for five, Pakistan produced a late burst thanks to Iqbal and Sana Mir (24 not out).

Pakistan needed early wickets to put West Indies under pressure and Anam Amin struck early when Hayley Matthews was trapped in front without scoring.

Stafanie Taylor struck 87 not out to guide her team home

Stafanie Taylor struck 87 not out to guide her team home
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Kycia Knight made 19 but Iqbal had her dismissed in similar fashion before Taylor built match-turning partnerships with Deandra Dottin (25) and Merissa Aguilleira (37).

She struck 10 fours, adding 54 with Dottin for the third wicket and 94 with Aguilleira for the fourth to all but take the game away from Pakistan.

Maroof had Dottin caught by Rabiya Shah and on the brink of victory Aguilleira was caught by Abidi off Sania Khan before Kyshona Knight (1 not out) helped Taylor complete victory with time to spare.

The two sides will now play three Twenty20 Internationals on 29th October, 31st October and 1st November, with Pakistan scheduled to then head to Florida to play United States of America in two matches.

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