WI women take 2-0 series lead
The West Indies women's cricketers easily rolled over Sri Lanka by six wickets to cruise to a 2-0 lead in the five-match Twenty20 International series yesterday.
They restricted the hosts to a meagre total of 73 for eight off the allotted 20 overs and then marched to their target off 15.4 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Kyshona Knight top scored with 24 not out off 31 balls while her twin sister Kycia chipped in with 21 at the top of the order.
Seamer Eshani Kaushalya was Sri Lanka's best bowler with two for 13.
The tourists' run chase begun in rollicking fashion when Deandra Dottin, promoted to the role of opener, lashed three fours in 12 from seven balls before falling to Kaushalya in the second over at 14 for one.
However, Juliana Nero was bowled by Kaushalya first ball to spark some concern in the Windies camp but the Knight twins put that to rest in a 41-run, third wicket stand.
Kyshona struck two fours while Kycia counted just one in her 37-ball knock, as the partnership killed off any hopes Sri Lanka may have had of a surprise win.
Earlier, pacers Subrina Munroe (two for 10) and Tremayne Smartt (two for 13) picked up two wickets apiece to cripple Sri Lanka after they opted to bat first.
The third T20I is scheduled for tomorrow.
WOMEN'S T20 SCOREBOARD SRI LANKA vs WEST INDIES SRI LANKA INNS C Jayangani b Daley 8 L Madushani lbw Smartt 0 A Kanchana b Smartt 6 D Rasangika b Munroe 8 S Siriwardene run out 9 E Kaushalya c Campbelle b Munroe 9 D Surangika c Selman b Campbelle 8 S Weerakkody run out 3 C Seneviratna not out 12 U Prabodhani not out 5 EXTRAS: (LB2, W3) 5 TOTAL (for eight wickets, 20 overs) 73 Did not bat: I Ranaweera. Wickets at: 0 (Madushani), 8 (Kanchana), 24 (Jayangani), 24 (Rasangika), 38 (Kaushalya), 48 (Siriwardene), 52 (Weerakkody), 59 (Surangika) BOWLING: Selman 4-1-15-0, Smartt 4-1-13-2, Daley 4-1-13-1, Munroe 4-0-10-2, Campbelle 4-0-20-1 (w2). WEST INDIES INNS Kycia Knight st Surangika b Siriwardene 21 D Dottin b Kaushalya 12 J Nero b Kaushalya 0 Kyshona Knight not out 24 M Aguilleira run out 14 S Daley not out 1 EXTRAS: (LB1, W1) 2 TOTAL (for four wickets, 15.4 overs) 74 Did not bat: T Smartt, S Selman, S Munroe, S Campbelle, N McLean Wickets at: 14 (Dottin), 14 (Nero), 55 (Kycia Knight), 73 (Aguilleira) BOWLING: Prabodhani 3-0-16-0, Kaushalya 3-0-13-2, Seneviratna 2-0-12-0, Weerakkody 1-0-7-0, Siriwardene 3.4-0-11-1 (w1), Ranaweera 3-0-14-0. Result: West Indies won by six wickets. Series: West Indies lead five-match series 2-0.