WI Women notch 31-run win over Sri Lanka Women
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):
West Indies Women were bailed out by their bowlers as they overcame a batting collapse to beat Sri Lanka Women by 31 runs in the final one-day international and clinch the four-match series here yesterday.
Opting to bat first at the R Premadasa Stadium, West Indies Women stumbled and stuttered from the outset and required a brave 46 from Britney Cooper to get up to 156 all out off 47.3 overs.
Left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera (3-17) and seamer Sripali Weerakkody (3-37) both picked up three wickets apiece.
In reply, Sri Lanka suffered a collapse of their own, crashing to 125 all out in the 46th over, with teenaged off-spinner Hayley Matthews snatching a career-best three for seven from three overs and two balls.
Pacer Tremayne Smartt (2-28) and off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-23) supported with two wickets each.
Eshani Kaushalya top-scored with 30 and Nipuni Hansika got 21, but the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 58 runs, after coasting at 67 for three in the 25th over at one stage.
The victory gave West Indies a 3-1 win in the series and, more importantly, saw them pick up another two International Cricket Council Championship points, following a similar win on Monday.