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Brilliant Taylor shines for Windies

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 3:00 AM
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JOHANNESBURG (CMC):

Captain Stafanie Taylor struck an invaluable half-century as part of a solid all-round

performance to power West Indies Women to a convincing series-levelling 45-run victory over South Africa Women in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday.

Sent in at the New Wanderers Stadium, the Windies Women marched to 143 for six off their 20 overs with Taylor top-scoring with an attractive 63.

The Jamaican then captured two for 17 from four overs of off-spin as the Proteas Women crashed to a paltry 98 all out in the 19th over.

The third and final game is set for Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.

West Indies Women had a poor start, losing openers Kycia Knight (4) and Hayley Matthews (1) cheaply to seamer Shabnim Ismail (3-25) to slip to 17 for two in the third over.

Knight top-edged a pull to point off the fourth delivery of the opening over while Matthews was taken at mid-off off a leading edge.

Taylor and Deandra Dottin, who scored 19, then put on 68 for the third wicket to put the innings back on course.

The right-handed Taylor faced 53 balls and struck seven fours and one six, while Dottin once again looked in good touch in gathering two fours off 27 deliveries.

In reply, the Proteas Women struggled from the outset, fell further and further behind the run rate and failed to find a way back.

No player reached 20 as Marizanne Kapp top-scored with 17 to be one of only four players in double figures.

Taylor was supported by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-16) and Matthews (2-17), who finished with two wickets apiece.