Prolific opener Stafanie Taylor hammered a career-best century as West Indies Women rebounded from an opening game defeat to crush Sri Lanka Women by 209 runs in their second match of the ICC Women's World Cup here yesterday.
The elegant right-hander unveiled a magnificent 171 to propel West Indies to 368 for eight off their 50 overs, the side's highest ever total in a One-Day International.
Big-hitter Deandra Dottin chipped in with a typically aggressive even fifty, captain Merissa Aguilleira gathered a brisk unbeaten 47 while Kyshona Knight scored a patient 44.
In reply, Sri Lanka lost early wickets to plummet to 159 all out off 40 overs, with Deepika Rasangika top scoring with 28.
Teenaged leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne was the Windies' best bowler with three for 32 while left-arm spinner Shanel Daley struck two key blows early in the innings to finish with two for 35.
The victory was a crucial one for West Indies especially after they lost their opening contest to hosts India last Thursday, and it catapulted them to the top of Group A courtesy of net run rate.
All four teams have two points after two matches.
Sent in at the Middle Income Group Ground, the Windies lasses benefitted from several superb partnerships, all expertly anchored by the brilliant Taylor.
She put on 62 off 58 balls for the first wicket with Kycia Knight (30) before adding a further 110 for the third wicket with Kyshona Knight.
The innings was then carried into overdrive thanks to a rollicking 90-run fourth wicket stand 39 balls with Dottin, and this was sustained when Taylor combined with Aguilleira in a 34-ball, seventh wicket partnership of 55.
Overall, Taylor faced 137 balls and counted 18 fours and two sixes, surpassing her previous best of 147 against the Netherlands at Potchefstroom in South Africa three years ago.
The knock is the highest score by a West Indies batsman in women's cricket.
She made a slow start to her innings as Kycia Knight took the early initiative, stroking four boundaries in her 29-ball knock as West Indies raced to 40 off the first six overs.
Kycia was dominating when she was stumped in the tenth over off captain and leg-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene and when Shemaine Campbelle (six) perished cheaply 17 balls later via the run out route, Sri Lanka were back in the game.
However, Kyshona Knight arrived to help consolidate the innings, spending 67 balls at the crease and counting just two fours in a partnership that snatched the advantage away from the Sri Lankans and laid the foundation for the domination that was to come.
The stand was ended when Kyshona was run out by Deepika Ranasangika's direct hit in the 34th over but Dottin joined Taylor to destroy Sri Lanka's bowling.
Taylor eventually fell in the 48th over.
In reply, Sri Lanka slumped to 51 for three in the 12th over thanks to Daley's double strike. When they seemed to be recovering through 24-run stand between Prasadani Weerakkody (22) and Dolawatte (10), Quintyne grabbed two wickets in successive overs to send Sri Lanka limping to 89 for six.
WOMEN'S W/CUP SCOREBOARD
WEST INDIES INNS
Kycia Knight stpd wkpr Surangika b Siriwardene 30
S Taylor c Atapattu b Seneviratna 171
S Campbelle run out 6
Kyshona Knight run out 44
D Dottin b Ravikumar 50
J Nero lbw Siriwardene 2
S Daley c Rasangika b Ravikumar 0
M Aguilleira not out 47
S Quintyne lbw b Seneviratna 5
A Mohammed not out 3
EXTRAS: (B2, W7, LB1) 10
TOTAL (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 368
Did not bat: S Selman.
Wickets at: 62 (Knight), 74 (Campbelle), 184 (Knight), 274 (Dottin), 281 (Nero), 286 (Daley), 341 (Taylor), 365 (Quintyne)
BOWLING: Kaushalya 7-0-63-0 (w1), Weerakkody 6-0-52-2 (w1), Seneviratna 8-0-72-2 (w3), Siriwardene 10-0-58-2, Ravikumar 10-0-69-2, Dolawatte 9-0-51-0.
SRI LANKA INNS
C Atapattu c Quintyne b Selman 7
Y Mendis c Nero b Daley 17
P Weerakkody c Nero b Quintyne 22
S Siriwardene c Mohammed b Daley 10
S Dolawatte c Selman b Mohammed 10
D Surangika run out 17
E Kaushalya c Daley b Quintyne 6
D Rasangika c Campbelle b Quintyne 28
S Weerakkody not out 14
C Seneviratna c Daley b Taylor 0
S Ravikumar b Kyshona Knight 2
EXTRAS: (W25, NB1) 26
TOTAL (all out, 40 overs) 159
Wickets at: 21 (Atapattu), 29 (Mendis), 51 (Siriwardene), 75 (Dolawatte), 81 (Weerakkody), 89 (Kaushalya), 126 (Rasangika), 155 (Manodara), 155 (Seneviratna), 159 (Ravikumar)
BOWLING: Selman 5-0-35-1 (w4, nb1), Daley 9-0-35-2 (w5), Mohammed 5.2-1-10-1, Dottin 2-0-11-0 (w6), Quintyne 9-0-32-3 (w2), Kycia Knight 0.4-0-6-0, Campbelle 3-0-17-0 (w3), Taylor 4-0-10-1 (w1), Kyshona Knight 2-0-3-1 (w1).
Result: West Indies Women won by 209 runs.
Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Woman 0.
Player-of-the-Match: Stafanie Taylor.