Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wet end to series for West Indies Women, Sri Lanka


TOP SCORER: Deandra Dottin

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The West Indies women's home tour against Sri Lanka ended with a damper yesterday as rain washed out play in the final Twenty20 at Queen's Park Oval, forcing the match to be abandoned.

The West Indies won the toss and got to 92 for five, with big-hitting Deandra Dottin carting the Sri Lankan bowlers for 52 runs off 34 balls—her first fifty of the tour— before the deluge stopped play for good.

Sri Lanka were excellent with the ball and in the field, conceding just two byes in the extras column. Their bowling was disciplined too, with Chamani Seneviratne grabbing three wickets for 18 runs off her four overs, while Shashika Siriwardene had the outstanding figures of two wickets for five runs and one maiden in 3.2 overs.

The result meant the Windies ended the tour with a 3-1 victory, having won the first three matches to take an unassailable lead. But the weather, which has been threatening the Trinidad leg of three T20s, finally made good on its promise yesterday with 18.2 overs bowled.

Although Monday's night match under lights at the Oval escaped the weather, Sunday's T20 had been reduced to 16 overs each after rain hit the venue.

West Indies were keen to make up for Monday's loss to the visitors after a batting collapse combined with a sloppy fielding performance saw them go down by 14 runs.

They won the toss and batted first yesterday, but lost Juliana Nero for one with the score on 14. That brought Dottin together with opener Stafanie Taylor.

Dottin has been in poor form throughout the three one-dayers and previous four T20s, with just one 30 to her name. But with the pressure off and Taylor scoring comfortably, Dottin took time to play herself in on an Oval pitch which has been good to the slower bowlers, and where the ball has continuously kept low.

She lost Taylor for 25 (two fours, 39 balls) when their partnership reached 30 runs, the opener bowled by Chamani Seneviratne.

But Dottin kept going, even as she watched Shashika Siriwardene trap Shanel Daley lbw, and then Seneviratne bowl Shemaine Campbell, the hero of the third T20.

She was joined by skipper Merissa Aguilleira, who pushed for the ones and two, and kept the fielders active.

That allowed Dottin to open her shoulders and hit out, but she found it tough to find the boundaries as the ball slowed up in the outfield.

Still, Dottin managed to beat the fielders five times, including a sweetly-timed pull shot off Seneviratne that beat the fielder forward of square, and consecutive pull shots off Chandima Gunaratne, the first beating Madhuri Sammudika to the ropes at mid-wicket, and the other clearing her outstretched arms for six.

Dottin reached her half-century with a pull for two forward of square before her skipper Aguilleira went, stumped by Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Dilani Manodara for eight, with the score on 91.

One run later, Dottin and McLean (zero not out) had to leave the pitch as rain poured down, effectively ending the contest for good.

But West Indies, though disappointed with the way the match ended, will be happy with their work over the last two weeks, as they won both series—including a 2-1 win in the One-day Internationals.


Sri Lanka

14. Shashikala Siriwardene 17. Inoka Galagedara 10. Sadamali Dolawatte, 13. Deepika Rasangika 5. Dilani Manodara (c) 23. Yasoda Mendis 58. Chamari Atapattu 7. Sripali Weerakkoddy 53. Chamani Seneviratne 47. Madhuri Samuddika 24. Chandima Gunaratne

West Indies

11. Merissa Aguilleira, 7. Stafanie Taylor, 30. Shemaine Campbell, 31. Shanel Daley, 5. Deandra Dottin, 15. Stacy-Ann King, Natasha McLean, 14. Anisa Mohammed, 39. 6. Juliana Nero, 4. Shakera Selman, 33. Traymaine Smart.