Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
West Indies Women will be seeking to level their three-match One Day International series against New Zealand when the teams meet in game two today at Sabina Park.
New Zealand Women are ahead in the series 1-0 after claiming Sunday's opening game by one run. The Kiwis made 225 for eight off their 50 overs before holding West Indies to 224 with three balls to spare.
Heading into today's encounter, the Windies Women will be hoping for improved showings on all fronts as they look to level the series ahead of Thursday's third and final match-up.
"Looking at the game, we had a lot of positives," West Indies coach Sherwin Campbell said after the opening fixture. "When you look at the second innings, we were in control for most of the game. We can look at that ... and learn from those situations so that when it comes again we know what to do," he added.
West Indies will look to the all-round skills of marquee player Stafanie Taylor, attacking stroke-maker Deandra Dottin and captain and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira to show their class again.
The trio was West Indies' most influential players in the opening game with Taylor making 36 and claiming four for 19 with her off-spin, and Dottin topscoring with an entertaining and boundary-filled 65.
Aguilleira, who put on 51 with Taylor for fourth wicket and 74 with Dottin for the fifth, made 43 before she was the seventh player to be dismissed with the team needing 13 runs for victory.
Other players who made impressions in the first game, and will be hoping to do much better are opener Natasha McLean, fast bowler Tremayne Smartt and all-rounder Shanel Daley.
Smartt, who opened the bowling, bowled with control and accuracy to finish with figures of one for 36 off her 10 overs while McLean, who shared an opening stand of 47 with Kycia Knight, showed confidence in her stroke-play before being dismissed for 24.
New Zealand, meanwhile, will be hoping for repeat performances from captain and opener Suzie Bates, batsmen Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite, and fast bowler Nicola Browne.
Bates, in anchoring their innings, made a masterful 109, while Devine and Satterthwaite, provided best support of 34 and 33, respectively.
As for Browne, she was their most potent bowler, with figures of three for 28 off 6.3 overs while bowling a steady line and length.
"It was good to win the first game, but by no means is it over. We expect the West Indies to come out fighting on Tuesday with a view of levelling the series," said New Zealand coach Kathrina Keenan.
"But, having said that, we are prepared, and will be going all out to see if we can win the second game and take the series."