Pleased with team effort - Aguilleira
West Indies' captain Merissa Aguilleira was pleased with the all-round effort of her team, and especially the batting, after they routed Sri Lanka by 209 runs in their second match of the Women's World Cup at the MIG Ground in Mumbai. They were bowled out for 179 in their previous match at the Brabourne Stadium, and three days later, the team put up a total of 368 here.
"I must say this is a great example of a team effort," Aguilleira said. "The batsmen did extremely well leading us upfront. We had a lot of people getting into the act with the bat. After that we followed up with the ball also. I think it was an all-round performance."
The major contribution was Stafanie Taylor's knock of 171 and she almost carried her bat through the innings. Aguilleira said the team is always confident of putting up a big score when Taylor is in the middle.
"We cherish Stafanie because she is such a phenomenal player and whenever she bats we believe that we will be able to get runs. She is very dedicated and we look forward to seeing more such innings from her in the future."
Taylor, who crossed her previous best score of 147, said she wanted to score as many runs as possible and that the thought of scoring 200 had crossed her mind. "My aim was just to go out there and do my best and build an innings with the others. The coach wanted me to score 200 today but unfortunately I was tired. I was trying but I think fatigue got the best of me."
Shashikala Siriwardene, the Sri Lanka Women's captain, was particularly unhappy with the team's fielding, as they dropped catches, missed run-outs and gave away many runs in overthrows. "Our fielding let us down very badly. I am very disappointed with it," she said. "Eighty percent of the singles that they took shouldn't have been conceded."
Siriwardene had put West Indies in to bat in slightly hazy conditions. But the West Indies batsmen were hardly troubled by the bowlers, who did not get much assistance from the pitch. "At one point I felt that we should have batted first," she said. "We thought that there was something in the pitch for the bowlers, like the England match. But sometimes we make wrong decisions and we look to improvise."
West Indies struck a total of 34 fours and seven sixes, a majority of them hit by Taylor and Deandra Dottin. Apart from the toss and the fielding, Siriwardene said, one of the main differences in the two teams was the way the West Indies batsmen hit the ball hard. "We all know West Indies players use their power a lot. They can clear the fence at any time. Hopefully we won't have to face the same problem against India in our next match."
All four teams in Group A have now played two matches, and won one and lost one each, which means net run-rate will come into play. England will now take on West Indies and India will play Sri Lanka on February 5, which will decide which teams proceed to the Super Sixes.
Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo