Stafanie Taylor seals series for Windies
West Indies 124 for 7 (Taylor 54*) beat Sri Lanka 120 for 9 (Mohammed 4-26) by three wickets
A fine innings from the teenage opener Stafanie Taylor aided West Indies wrap up the three-game Twenty20 series over Sri Lanka at St Mary's Park. Taylor's unbeaten 54 from 45 deliveries was just the reply West Indies needed in their nervous pursuit of a target of 121 and she sealed the affair with three wickets remaining. This was West Indies' second successive win after they took the first Twenty20 and they now have an unassailable lead in the series which is a build-up to next week's ICC World Twenty20.
It wasn't all that rosy, especially after the home side slipped to a disastrous 25 for 5, but Taylor, 18, forged two successful partnerships to get West Indies home. She put on 4 for the sixth wicket with Shanel Daley (19 off 21 balls) and 51 from 41 balls with her captain Merissa Aguilleira, a partnership which sealed the match. Aguilleira made 26 from 23 balls. Taylor's unbeaten innings earned her a second Man-of-the-Match award after she hit 50 in the first game.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had been kept to 120 for 9 after they won the toss and batted, with the offspinner Anisa Mohammed netting 4 for 26. She accounted for the middle and lower orders after Dedunu DaSilva (36) and Chamari Attapttu (17) added 58 for the first wicket.