Openers star in comprehensive Windies win
West Indies Women 273 for 3 (Dottin 103, Taylor 100) beat Sri Lanka Women XI 161 for 7 (Hiruka Fernando 34, Fletcher 2-13) by 112 runs
West Indies Women, buoyed by centuries from openers Deandra Dottin and Stefanie Taylor, beat Sri Lanka Women XI comprehensively by 112 runs in their only tour match at the P Saravanamuttu stadium in Colombo on Monday. In pursuit of a formidable 273, the Sri Lankans took their time to get some valuable batting practice ahead of the first ODI on Wednesday, eventually reaching just 161 for 7, with Hiruka Fernando top scoring with 34.
After being put in, the West Indies openers chose to make the most of their time at the crease. Dottin made 103 off just 68 balls, including 12 fours and four sixes, and added 216 for the first wicket with Taylor, whose century came off 113 balls. Both batsmen gave up their wickets by voluntarily retiring out to give their other team-mates a batting stint before the first ODI. Sri Lanka used as many as eight bowlers with Sanduni Abeywickrama being the most economical of the lot, conceding just 24 runs in ten overs and bowling Juliana Nero out for 19. Nero made 19 off 42 balls, and Charlene Taitt, who came in at No. 4, made 23 off 59 balls, eager to bat as long as possible to get used to the Sri Lankan conditions.
Sri Lanka's intention to bat out the match was conspicuous in their sedate response, with opener Dilani Manodara, making 33 off 107 balls, and Dushanti Dedunu, her partner, making 6 off 33. They then lost two quick wickets, Dedunu, and Sumudu Fernando, both run out as Sri Lanka stumbled to 25 for 2. However, Manodara and Sumudu Fernando added 59 for the third wicket to lend some stability to the team's innings. Sumudu's sister Hiruka Fernando was the side's top scorer with 34. West Indies used ten bowlers in all, with Afy Fletcher being the pick of the lot, taking 2 for 13 in five overs.