West Indies women performed brilliantly in the field to secure a series win, clinching a 33-run victory over Sri Lanka in the third One Day International (ODI) in Dambulla, yesterday.
The in-form Shemaine Campbelle hit a top score of 37 to lead the effort after a series of batting collapses jeopardised the Windies run rate.
Excellent bowling by Tremayne Smartt, who had figures of two for 26 from her 10 overs, and four run outs dealt a major blow to Sri Lanka's chase.
West Indies stumbled to 191 for 9 in their 50 overs and successfully defended their modest total as Sri Lanka could only muster 158 for nine wickets in their 50 overs.
Sri Lanka made good on their decision to field and reduced West Indies to 51 for 4 within 15 overs.
Eshani Kaushalya and Chamani Seneviratna grabbed two wickets each to stifle the Windies run rate.
But Captain Merissa Aguilleira and Deandra Dottin staged a middle order rally to pull the visitors back on course in a stand that produced 42 runs.
In their turn at the crease, Sri Lanka got off to a cautious start, but suffered a major setback after both their openers were dismissed within four runs, at 31 and 35.
Only Shashikala Siriwardene provided resistance with a 78-ball 29, but the home team could not avoid the series defeat.
West Indies head coach Sherwin Campbell lauded his players for their fighting spirit during the series and for achieving their first overseas win against a side ranked in the top eight.
"This was a fantastic total team performance by the girls and everyone deserves huge congratulations for what they did here today. We didn't get a major contribution with the bat, but everyone chipped in and got us up to a very competitive total on this pitch. Shemaine played really well again for us. She made a hundred in the second match and we lost. Now she got 38 in a winning cause so I'm happy for her.
"When we fielded it was absolutely brilliant. Players were diving around to save every run and you could see the commitment and desire to win."
The five-match T20 series starts on Friday.
West Indies Women vs Sri Lanka Women
WEST INDIES WOMEN
K Knight lbw b Seneviratna 14
J Nero b Kaushalya 0
J Ogle-Thomas c †Surangika b Kaushalya 9
S Taylor c Siriwardene b Seneviratna 18
M Aguilleira*† st †Surangika b Ranaweera 29
D Dottin lbw b Ranaweera 16
Kyshona A Knight st †Surangika b Siriwardene 24
S Campbelle c Hansika b Seneviratna 37
S Selman c Siriwardene b Seneviratna 12
S Daley not out 5
T Smartt not out 10
Extras: (b 5, lb 8, w 4) 17
TOTAL: (9 wkts; 50 overs) 191
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Nero, 1 over), 2-15 (Ogle-Thomas, 5), 3-40 (Kycia A Knight, 10.5), 4-51 (Taylor, 14.2), 5-93 (Dottin, 28.2), 6-106 (Aguilleira, 32.5), 7-142 (Kyshona Knight, 41.4), 8-168 (Campbelle, 47), 9-180 (Selman, 49)
Bowling: Kaushalya 6-0-25-2 (w2), Prabodhani 6-0-19-0, Seneviratna 10-2-33-4, Samuddika 7-0-21-0, Ranaweera 10-1-31-2, 1(w1), Siriwardene 8-0-31-1 (w1), Weerakkody 3-0-18-0
SRI LANKA WOMEN
A Jayangani run out 21
M Hansika c & b Selman 10
H Rasangika b Smartt 6
*H Siriwardene c Selman b Smartt 29
+M Surangika run out 16
S Weerakkody c Nero b Taylor 17
L Kaushalya run out 10
C Seneviratna run out 1
K Prabodhani b Campbelle 8
H Samuddika not out 7
I Ranaweera not out 6
Extras: (b6, w16, nb5) 27
TOTAL: (9 wkts; 50 overs) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Hansika, 7 overs), 2-35 (Jayangani, 9.5), 3-51 (Rasangika, 18), 4-82 (Surangika, 28), 5-114 (Siriwardene, 35.3), 6-126 (Kaushalya, 37.5), 7-128 (Seneviratna, 38.4), 8-134 (Weerakkody, 42.5), 9-143 (Prabodhani, 47)
Bowling: Selman 9-0-26-1 (w1), Daley 9-0-41-0 (w1), Smartt 10-0-26-2 (w5, nb3), Taylor 10-3-14-1 (nb1), Campbelle 6-0-29-1 (w8) Dottin 6-2-16-0 (w1, nb1)
Result: West Indies Women won by 33 runs
Player of the series: Shemaine Campbelle (West Indies Women)
Toss: Sri Lanka Women
Umpires: Lyndon Hannibal and Malliyawadu Nandiweera