West Indies secure first victory in Women's World Cup
West Indies Women
West Indies secured their first victory from five games in the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup in England by defeating Sri Lanka by 47 runs at the County Ground in Derby on Sunday.
Sent in to bat West Indies posted 229 for nine from their 50 overs and then bowled out Sri Lanka for 182 with 12 balls remaining.
Sri Lanka paid a hefty price for letting West Indies off the hook from a vulnerable position of 102 for four in the 24th over.
It wasn't until the arrival of Deandra Dottin that the first signs of fightback emerged.
Memories of Dottin's last innings against Sri Lanka in a World Cup, when she slammed the joint-fastest half-century in women's ODIs, were afresh. For a good half hour on Sunday, she threatened to raze them again, unfurling a series of furious straight boundaries.
However, she was dismissed for 38 off 25 balls, attempting a reverse paddle off the Sri Lankan captain Inoka Ranaweera.
Merissa Aguilleira then took over and safely carried West Indies over the 200-mark. Aguilleira finished with a top score of 46 not out and only eight of those runs had come via boundaries.
Kyshona Knight (26 from 49 balls) and Shanel Daley (21 from 22) added valuable runs for the West Indies in the closing stages of the innings.
Earlier, openers Hayley Matthew (26 from 35 balls and Kaycia A Knight (19 from 53 balls) had given West Indies a decent start with a partnership of 34 runs in seven overs.
Sri Lanka, who were also looking for their first win, were put under pressure by the West Indies spinners.
The slide started close to the halfway mark when Anisa Mohammed struck twice in the 24th over, deceiving Chamari Attapattu (26), Sri Lanka's best batsman, in the air to have her stumped and followed that with the wicket of Dilani Manodara (0) with a flat delivery.
From 84 for two, Sri Lanka lost three wickets for five runs as West Indies took charge.
Mohammed was the best bowler for West Indies with three for 39 from 10 overs, while Afy Fletcher (two for 38 from nine) and Daley (two for 30 from seven), the only pacer used, supported with two wickets each.
Shashikala Siriwardene top scored for Sri Lanka 33 from 67 balls and Prasadani Weerakkody hit 30 from 34.