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All-round Taylor gives West Indies Women second win

Late flourish carries Caribbean side to 148 for 4 before bowlers keep Bangladesh chase to 99 all out

20 March 2016 20:20 By Disha Shetty, Chennai

All-round Taylor gives West Indies Women second win - Cricket News

West Indies Women secured their second consecutive victory.

A boisterous crowd cheered for the Bangladesh Women during its Group B match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday (March 20), but the West Indies Women eventually cantered to a comfortable 49-run win.

With its second win in as many matches, West Indies is perched at the top of the Group B standings, with four points and a healthy net run-rate of 1.325. Bangladesh was hampered by a lack of experience as it went down to its third consecutive defeat in the tournament.

West Indies, who opted to bat, rode on a gritty half-century opening stand between Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor, the captain, and late cameos from Deandra Dottin and Stacy Ann King to post a competitive 148 for 4.

While Bangladesh's bowlers kept it simple, relying on conventional wicket-to-wicket bowling, the batters couldn't keep up with the asking rate to be bowled out for 99 in 18.3 overs, with Taylor and Matthews, the offspining twins, picking up three wickets apiece. That completed a fine all-round show for Taylor, while Dottin also chipped in with a couple of scalps.

But that shouldn’t take away the good work done by Bangladesh’s bowlers. Although the West Indies openers were on the money at the start, with Taylor hitting straight to the long-off boundary off the second delivery and Mathews playing a crunching cover drive two balls later, Bangladesh’s bowlers, led by Janahara Alam, the captain, and Salma Khatun tried to build the pressure by keeping things tight.

Apart from the occasional boundaries, runs were hard to come by, as it took 9.4 overs for West Indies to bring up its fifty.

A few quiet overs later, Hayley (41 off 42 balls) was beaten in flight and stumped off Nahida Akter in the 12th over. Britney Cooper was promoted to No.3 as a pinch-hitter, but the move backfired as she chipped a low return catch to Akter, immediately after sweeping her to the fine-leg boundary.

The first and only six of the West Indies innings came as late as the 15th over, when Taylor slog-swept Fahima Khatun to deep square leg. But Akter had the better of Taylor when she had the opener caught at the long-on boundary for 40.

If not for crucial cameos from Dottin and King, the West Indies bowlers would have been left to defend a far lesser total. At 98 for 3 in 15.1 overs, the West Indies innings was in need of a late flourish, and there was no one better than Dottin to do the needful. Known for her big hitting, Dottin targeted Rumana Ahmed, the left-arm spinner, off whom she had three hits to the fence in the 17th over, two smashed over mid-on, to gain some momentum. But Ahmed had the last laugh when Dottin was stumped for a 11-ball 24. Dottin’s hitting inspired King to fire a couple of boundaries on her way to 15-ball 20 as West Indies worked its way to a good total.

Bangladesh began well with Sanjida Islam and Akhter finding the gaps with relative ease in the first couple of overs, but some tight bowling bottled the scoring. The mounting asking rate added to the pressure as Bangladesh found itself slipping behind.

Islam mistimed a pull off Taylor only for Dottin to take a stunning one-handed catch at deep extra cover. Three overs later, Matthews had Akhter caught at short third-man to compound Bangladesh’s woes.

At 54 for 2 in 10 overs, the Bangladesh innings was in trouble, and with a double blow in the 11th over, the match moved firmly towards West Indies. While Salma was run out, Matthews broke through Fargana Hoque’s defence. The escalating asking rate didn't allow any of the batters coming down the order to settle in, and it was only a matter of time before the Bangladesh tail was mopped up.

The last six wickets fell in 6.1 overs for the addition of just 29 runs, and in the end, Bangladesh bowlers were left to rue West Indies's late flourish with the bat, after doing a lot of things right.

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