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March 8, 2013
West Indies Women 122 for 5 (Dottin 43, Nero 25, Prabodhani 2-8) beat Sri Lanka Women 115 (Kaushalya 44, Manodara 29*, Daley 4-33, Smartt 2-21)
West Indies completed a tight seven-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo take the five-match T20 series 4-1. Deandra Dottin, the opener, had a quiet series before this but found form in her innings of 43, which included two fours and three sixes. That delivered a strong start for West Indies after they chose to bat. Juliana Nero supported Dottin with 25 at No.3, but both fell in quick succession. Wicketkeeper Kycia Knight and Shaquana Quintyne then helped take the score to 122.
Sri Lanka were in trouble early, reduced to 24 for 5 in 8.4 overs at one stage. But Eshani Kaushalya threatened a turnaround with her big-hitting abilities. She smashed 44 in 26 balls, including four sixes, and gave her team a strong chance of bouncing back but fell with the team score on 90 in the 17th over, off the bowling of Tremayne Smartt. Sri Lanka's chances grew tougher after Kaushalya's departure, and though Dilani Manodara made an unbeaten 29, wickets fell quickly at the other end. Shanel Daley finished with 4 for 33, three of those wickets coming in the final over off which Sri Lanka needed 12.
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