Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Taylor ton downs Pakistan; WI register clean sweep. File Photo: Stafanie Taylor scored her sixth century in the team's win.
File Photo: Stafanie Taylor scored her sixth century in the team's win.
Led by Stefanie Taylor's unbeaten 117-ball 102, West Indies registered a comfortable six-wicket win over Pakistan, and completed a three-nil ODI series whitewash, at the National Stadium in Karachi, on Sunday. The West Indian skipper stroked her sixth ODI century to help side overhaul Pakistan's total of 227 with six overs to spare.
Put in to bat, Pakistan made a steady start with Muneeba Ali and Ayesha Zafar putting on a 49-run stand. The wicketkeeper-batter, who had managed starts in the previous games, finally got going in the third one-dayer. She went to to register her first ODI half-century in more than three years.
After a slow start, Muneeba managed to stroke a boundary every over till the fall of her opening partner in the 11th over. The proceedings slowed down thereafter and skipper Javeria Khan retired hurt at the end of the 19th over. Muneeba eventually brought up her half-century with a boundary of Qiana Joseph off the last ball of the 26th over.
Javeria returned to bat, and in company of Omaima Sohail, ran a few quick runs. However, she couldn't add to her score, getting run out through Taylor's direct hit in the 33rd over. Two bowls later, Omaima was cleaned up by Aaliyah Alleyne and Pakistan were left reviving their innings again.
Aliya Riaz and Iram Javed took their time to settle in before picking up with a couple of boundaries in the 41st over. The acceleration however wasn't consistent. Nonetheless, Aliya's unbeaten 57-ball 447 propelled the hosts to 225 for 7.
West Indies, on the other hand, were down in the chase early. By the fifth over, left-arm spinner Anam Amin had trapped Deandra Dottin and Shemine Campbell legbefore, while Diana Baig had Rashada Williams caught behind to leave the visitors reeling at 15 for 3. However, they didn't hold back on their attacking play against the spin troika of Pakistan.
Hayley Matthews was the first one to cut loose with three successive boundaries off pacer Fatima Sana in the 16th over. She looked well-set for a big score, before left-arm spinner Sadia Iqbal had her caught by Javeria one short of a half-century.
Taylor, who had paced her innings well, brought up her half-century in the 30th over, with a boundary off Omaima Sohail. The Pakistan bowlers couldn't cause enough trouble for the West Indian batters as Taylor imposed herself while Chedean Nation was biding her time in the middle. Having scored only 20 runs off 40 balls, the latter too got going in the 38th over with a couple of boundaries off Fatima. She eventually scored the winning runs soon after bringing up her maiden ODI fifty
Brief Scores: Pakistan 225/7 in 50 overs (Muneeba Ali 58, Aliya Riaz 44; Shakera Selman 2-40, Aaliyah Alleyne 2-41) lost to West Indies 226/4 in 44 overs (Stefanie Taylor 102*, Chedean Nation 51; Anam Amin 2-45) by 4 wickets