MATCH REPORT : West Indies v Sri Lanka

West Indies finally picked up their first win of this WWC17 tournament beating a rather subdued Sri Lankan side by 47 runs, as they failed to chase down West Indies first innings score of 229/9.

The Windies innings was built around some solid contributions, but without any West Indian going on to score their team's first 50 of the tournament. The only batsman to miss out was captain Stafanie Taylor, who was caught behind tentatively prodding forward to Weerakkody for just 4. She has now managed only 89 runs in five innings in this tournament.

Hayley Matthews had looked good at the top of the order, but after timing some crisp shots to the legside she seemed to lose her head slightly and tried to hit the cover off the ball, without any great success. She eventually perished lbw for 26. From there on every time Windies looked to be moving on they lost a wicket. Nation went at 75, then Kycia Knight at 102 and then, significantly, Deandra Dottin at 124 in the 28th over. Dottin had looked like her old self, clubbing the ball to all parts of the ground and running leisurely twos. She was undone by an unnecessary attempt at a reverse sweep, which she missed and was dismissed lbw for 38 off 25 balls.

At one stage it looked like the West Indies innings might subside for under 200, but Merissa Aguilleira flicked and chipped her way to 46* off 59 balls. She had Kyshona Knight (26) and Shanel Daley (21) for company for a while, but it was a generally a low-key team innings, with no great flourish at the end of the dig.

It was a target that six months ago Sri Lanka would never have hoped to overcome, but after their solid efforts in this tournament they would have been hopeful. But it looked as though the expectation weighed too heavily on the their shoulders. Somehow they never looked like getting close to the target as a succession of West Indian spinners took charge - Taylor, Matthews, Mohammed, Fletcher and Daley (bowling left arm spin). Mohammed ended with the best figures of 3/32, but they all bowled very tightly and got some turn out of this Derby pitch. Sri Lanka finally capitulated in the 48th over as they were bowled out for 182, their lowest score of this World Cup to date.


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