Windies beat Lanka to level series
West Indies women produced an excellent team work to trounce the Sri
Lankans and level the series when they won by 13 runs in the fourth One
Day International played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo
yesterday. This would clear the path for a astonishing final match to be
Sri Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardena won the toss and elected to
The Windies openers Deandra Dottin and Steffanie Taylor got their act
together to give a good start to the visitors. They put on a solid 53
run partnership in 10.4 overs before Dottin was caught by Suwini de
Alwis off a delivery from Chamari Polgampola.
However the west Indies women failed to consolidate their position as
they lost their wickets at regular intervals after that. Stacy Ann King
was the best among the Windies batswomen with a splendid contribution of
39 which included three boundaries and two sixes.
Chamari Polgampola bowled a brilliant spell to capture three for 23
to help knock down the Windies innings for 170 runs with four deliveries
remaining. Sripali Weerakkody and Shashikala Siriwardena picked up two
wickets each whille Chamani Senevirathne, Chandi Wickramasinghe and Rose
Fernando also provided backup support for those two, bagging one wicket
Sri Lankan innings did not look good from the beginning and Skipper
Shashikala Siriwardena and Chandi Wickramasinghe were the only players
to put up a decent score. They got together to settle down for a solid
70 run partnership before Siriwardena was caught by wicketkeeper
Aguilleira off a fine delivery bowled by Stacy Ann King for 46.
Aguilera had a good day behind the wickets as she was involved in
five dismissals yesterday. Shanel Daley making her first appearance in
the tournament, picked up two wickets for 30 runs while Kirbyina
Alexander too made an impact picking up two wickets for 15. The final
and the series decider of the five match series will be played today at
the same venue.