Stafanie Taylor powers hosts to narrow win
West Indies Women 129 for 4 (Taylor 62, Gunaratne 2-20) beat Sri Lanka Women 122 for 9 (Rasangika 39, Taylor 3-23) by seven runs
An all-round performance from captain Stafanie Taylor helped West Indies Women to a seven-run win over Sri Lanka Women in the second Twenty20 game in Barbados.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bat, and started strongly with openers Taylor and Juliana Nero putting on 50 runs. Nero was dismissed by Chamani Seneviratna in the ninth over, and Deandra Dottin, Shanel Daley (retired hurt) and Stacy-Ann King followed in quick succession to leave the hosts in trouble at effectively 73 for 4 in the 14th over. However, Taylor held firm, hitting six fours and one six in her 49-ball 62, to steer her team out of trouble. She was ably supported by Shemaine Campbelle (22 off 18) as West Indies recovered to 129 for 4 in their 20 overs.
Sri Lanka started poorly, losing their openers with just nine runs on the board. Two crucial partnerships, between Deepika Rasangika and Inoka Galagedara (43) and Rasangika and Seneviratna (38) wrested the initiative back for the hosts and at 98 for 4 in the 17th over, they looked on course for victory. However, Taylor struck to dismiss Rasangika, and that triggered a collapse as the visitors slumped from 98 for 4 to 115 for 8. Fifteen runs were required off the last over but Sri Lanka managed only seven to give West Indies a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The next Twenty20 will be played in Port of Spain on May 6.