WI Women gunning for clean sweep
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):
After clinching the one-day international series convincingly, West Indies Women have now set their sights on sweeping the three-match Twenty20 series, which bowls off at the R. Premadasa Stadium here today.
The touring side suffered just one defeat en route to taking the four-match ODI series, 3-1, and captain Merissa Aguilleira said they had resolved to play unbeaten for the remainder of the tour.
"The place is very humid down here but, after all, we know what we came to do even though we came to win all of our matches," she said.
All three matches have been scheduled for the R. Premadasa Stadium, with the second game carded for Monday and the final one on Tuesday.
Despite playing inconsistently, West Indies Women still managed to outplay the Sri Lankans in the ODIs, and will now take that momentum into the T20 series.
They opened the series with a five-wicket victory, slumped to a six-wicket loss in the second game before rebounding to win the last two encounters.
In the last game, they managed just 156, but defended it superbly to come away with an important 31-run verdict.
The last three games of the ODI series counted as ICC Championship games, and Aguilleira pointed out that winning two of these matches had been vital.
"Winning was important because we really wanted to get the six points, but we fell short in the first [championship] game, but we're really thankful to God that we got the last four points," she said. "Hopefully, going [forward] in the championship, we can get more points."
The ICC Women's Championship is a multi-year, bilateral competition between the top eight sides, which earns points towards qualification for the 2017 Women's World Cup.