Captain’s knock gives Windies women win

Merissa Aguilleira led the Windies Women to victory.
Merissa Aguilleira led the Windies Women to victory.

COLOMBO – West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira’s unbeaten 34 helped her team clinch a narrow two-wicket win off the last ball against Sri Lanka in the first of the three Twenty20 Internationals today.

In a match in which only four batters got into double-digits, Aguilleira’s innings turned out to be the difference.

Sri Lanka chose to bat on winning the toss, but were soon in trouble as they lost their top five players with only 39 runs on the board. They struggled mainly against Shakera Selman, who had figures of 2 for 14, and Shanel Daley, who didn’t get a wicket but gave away only 10 runs in her four overs.

Only two of Sri Lanka’s batters – Eshani Kaushalya and Dilani Manodara – got into double figures and helped the team crawl to 87.

West Indies’ innings followed the same pattern as Sri Lanka’s for the most part. They were reduced to 27 for 4 after Kaushalya picked up three wickets in her first three overs. Stafanie Taylor scored a vital 25 and when she was out with 29 runs still needed, the match hung in balance. Aguilleira saw three more wickets go down at the other end, but held her composure and hit a boundary off the last ball when they required two runs.

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