Collapse costs West Indies Women
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC)
An unfamiliar batting collapse undermined West Indies Women and sent them plunging to a 14-run loss against Sri Lanka Women in the fourth Twenty20 International here Monday night.
Chasing a moderate 95 for victory at Queen's Park, West Indies were cruising at 52 for one in the 13th over, but lost eight wickets for 28 runs in 47 balls, to stumble to 80 for nine from their allotted 20 overs.
Madhuri Samuddika (3-11) and Chamani Seneverathne (2-10) inspired the collapse.
The win was Sri Lanka's first of the series which West Indies lead 3-1, with the final game scheduled for the same venue today.
Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka were propelled by opener Yashoda Mendis, who top-scored with 21, while captain Dilani Manodara and Sripali Weerakkoddy chipped in with 14 runs each.
Teenaged seamer Shemaine Campbelle was her side's best bowler with two for 15.
Opener Juliana Nero then set West Indies on their way by underpinning two good partnerships at the top of the order.
The veteran right-hander, who stroked a top score of 32 from 42 balls with four fours, put on 25 for the first wicket with 19-year-old Amanda Samaroo (9), before adding a further 27 for the second wicket with Campbelle (8).
Both Samaroo and Campbelle perished via the run out route and when Nero missed a big swing at Samuddika and was stumped in the 15th over, the pressure mounted and proved too much for the hosts.
Deonarine, Fudadin get visa
Meanwhile, West Indies batsmen Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin are scheduled to arrive in England today, after managing to finally secure their United Kingdom travel visas in Jamaica.
The left-handed Guyanese pair had been stuck in Jamaica since last week as they awaited the documents in order to link up with the touring party, which arrived in London last week Wednesday.
This means West Indies should have a full squad to choose from after Jamaican all-rounder Marlon Samuels arrived yesterday from India where he had been campaigning in the Indian Premier League.