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Dottin, Daley inspire seven-run win over Sri Lanka
COLOMBO—West Indies Women clinched a tight seven-run win over Sri Lanka Women in the final T20 match to secure the series 4–1 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Sri Lanka, yesterday. Deandra Dottin slammed a top score of 43 to set up a West Indies total of 122 for five with support from Juliana Nero.
Medium pacer Shanel Daley wiped out the tailenders with a four-wicket haul after a stubborn knock of 44 by Eshani Kaushalya revived the Sri Lankan run chase and brought them within sight of their second victory in the series. Dottin, opening the innings, blasted her way out of a quiet spell in the series with her knock of 43 to deliver a strong start for the Caribbean side.
Dottin struck two fours and three sixes and was supported by Juliana Nero who contributed 25 before both wickets fell within a few balls. The West Indies were precariously placed on 79 for 3 but intelligent batting in the middle of the innings by wicketkeeper Kycia Knight and Shaquana Quintyne averted a collapse. Quintyne compiled 18 runs while Knight was not out on 14 but together they played a crucial role in pushing the score to 122.
Sri Lanka was off to a poor start after new ball bowler Tremayne Smartt struck in the first over by trapping Yashoda Mendis lbw. The home side was reduced to 24 for 5 in 8.4 overs at one stage as the game slipped from their grasp. But the big hitting Kaushalya threatened to revive the innings, smashing 44 in 26 balls, including four sixes.
She gave Sri Lanka a strong chance of rebounding but fell to Smartt with the team score on 90 with three overs remaining. Dilani Manodara made an unbeaten 29 but hopes of a comeback faded as wickets fell quickly at the other end. Daley was the architect of Sri Lanka’s ultimate demise by conspiring with wicketkeeper Kycia Knight to execute four stumpings.
Daley finished with 4 for 33, three of those wickets coming in the final over off which Sri Lanka needed 12. West Indies Stafanie Taylor emerged the “Player of the Series.” (CMC)
WEST INDIES WOMEN 122-5 in 20 overs (Dottin 43, Nero 25, Prabodhani 2-8,Ranasinghe 2-17)
SRI LANKA WOMEN 115 in 20 overs (Kaushalya 44, Surangika 29, Daley 4-33, Smart 2-21, Quintyne 2-22). West Indies won by seven runs.
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