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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 26, 2015
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka---Fluent half-
centuries from the marquee pair of
Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin
powered West Indies Women to a cru-
cial eight-wicket victory over Sri
Lanka Women in the second Twen-
ty20 International here Monday, leav-
ing both teams with all to play for in
the third and decisive encounter on
Chasing a modest 125 for victory at
the R Premadasa Stadium, West Indies
Women reached their target with seven
deliveries left in the contest, to level
the series 1-1, following their defeat in
Saturday s first game at the same venue.
The win was orchestrated by the
team s two most experienced batsmen.
Taylor, opening the batting, stroked an
unbeaten 59 from 49 balls while Dottin,
punching at three, hammered 51 off 45
When West Indies Women lost
teenager Hayley Matthews for seven at
ten for one in the second over, Taylor
and Dottin combined to add 101 for the
second wicket and steer the Caribbean
side over the line.
The right-handed Taylor stroked
eight fours in completing her 16th T20I
half-century while Dottin gathered
seven boundaries en route to her eighth
When she eventually fell in the 17th
over, victory was just 11 runs away and
West Indies Women easily cantered
home, with Taylor ended the game with
a four off left-arm seamer Udeshika
Earlier, Taylor set the stage for her
fine all-round performance by taking
two for 20 with her probing off-spin
as Sri Lanka Women, opting to bat first,
finished on 124 for five off their allotted
Wicketkeeper Dilani Surangika top-
scored with 30, captain and opener
Chamari Jayangani got 27 while
Shashikala Siriwardene chipped in with
26 and Nipuni Hansika, 21.
The hosts lost Yasoda Mendis for
two in the second over to be 13 for one
but Surangika and Jayangani stitched
up the innings in a 47-run second wick-
Surangika faced 34 balls and counted
three fours while Jayangani smashed
five fours off 19 balls.
When they both fell in the space of
16 balls, Siriwardene and Hansika put
on a further 36 for the fourth wicket
to bolster the innings. CMC
Opening batsman Lendl Simmons has show-
ered praise on his captain Rohit Sharma after
the Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super
Kings by 41 runs in the IPL final at the Eden
Gardens on Sunday.
Simmons who topscored with 68 in his team s
202 in its 20 overs, said he was always confident
of doing well. The past couple of times I played
against CSK I had a good score. Also, Rohit Sharma
loves this ground. He always gets going and it was
good to see him come off well. He was just asking
me to back myself and not leave it to anyone else.
I enjoyed my partnership thoroughly.
The pair added 119 for the second wicket which
helped Mumbai Indians maintain a good scoring
rate after losing the first wicket in the first over.
Simmons said he took the onus on himself to take
charge after Parthiv Patel s departure. Normally
Parthiv is the aggressor and I knew losing him
early would be a minor setback. I became a lot
stronger in my mind. I didn t want to leave it to
Simmons motored his way to a 45-ball 68. I
have enjoyed opening for Mumbai Indians. Even
last year I was among the runs and this year I
have had a good run.
Simmons also lauded the team s effort to win
the title especially after a torrid start to the tour-
nament. We have played consistent cricket from
the fifth game. Hopefully we can maintain this
form and carry this confidence in the next season
as well. All the guys came to the party when it
mattered the most. Personally, it is a good feeling
to play my second IPL and bag my first IPL title.
Winning is always a great feeling.
Antigua---Australia captain Michael Clarke has
no concerns about a lack of red ball preparation
for five key players going into next month s Test
series against the West Indies.
Mitchell Starc, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson,
Shane Watson and David Warner have all been
rested for the first match of the Caribbean tour.
The quintet were all active in the recently com-
pleted Indian Premier League and will sit out a
three-day match against a West Indies Cricket
Board XI in Antigua starting tomorrow.
That means all five will head into the first Test
against the Windies in Dominica on June 3 having
not played long-form cricket for nearly five months.
But Clarke says there s little that can be done
about that situation and he s confident the players
will adapt quickly. There s no choice is there, it s
the way it is with the structure of cricket that goes
on around the world, Clarke said.
We ve got used to that over the past few years
and this will be no different.
Clarke s biggest concern is the pitch at the Sir
Vivian Richards Stadium, which he hopes will be
in a suitable condition to ensure enough of a hit
out for those players taking part.
There s a lot of grass on it and I tried to have
some throwdowns on it yesterday but the ball was
going through the top so it was a little dangerous,
Clarke said. Smith and Warner, who had both been
on light duties following their arrival in the
Caribbean, trained fully with the squad on Sunday.
Starc and Watson are the only players yet to arrive
with both expected in the next couple of days.
Former national cricket captain Rangy
Nanan who mentored Shivnarine Chan-
derpaul agrees with the decision to omit
the Guyanese left-hander from the West
Indies team, but said it would have been
better if Chanderpaul had stepped down
on his own power.
Nanan, who grew close to Chanderpaul
when he worked as a liaison officer on the
West Indies Cricket Board, said, I know
him (Chanderpaul) for a long time. At 40
he has become slower and he tries to stay
fit, but the selectors felt a younger person
should get a chance.
Nanan added: As you get older your
reflexes get slower, I agree with the selectors
but it would have been nice for him to go
out on his own, rather than being dropped.
I wish him all the best.
If Chanderpaul never plays for West Indies
again, the former T&T captain said Chan-
derpaul must be remembered for his long
service to West Indies cricket. Nanan
explained that when the West Indies plays
in Guyana again, one day of a Test match
or the entire match should be called Chan-
Former West Indies wicketkeeper Deryck
Murray said it is always a tough decision
to leave out a player but knows Chanderpaul
has been struggling for runs. Murray said:
Well over the last few series he (Chander-
paul) has not been contributing to the team
the way he has normally done over the
years. That is the situation that faces a
selector. It is a difficult decision in fairness
to the new coach.
Murray added that there are talented
youngsters around but it has always been
difficult to replace West Indian stalwarts.
There has never been a talent to replace
Sobers, but you have to move on with the
team. At the end of the day you have a team
that could fight, you saw some fight against
England and we hope the team can continue
that momentum. Youngsters such as Kraigg
Brathwaite, Jason Holder and Jermaine
Blackwood all showed promise in the Eng-
The former wicketkeeper believes Chan-
derpaul will try to make a comeback. From
what I know of him, he will try to make
a comeback. If he finds form he may be
selected and good luck to him if he tries,
it will benefit West Indies cricket.
Sector Human Resources
Manager, Beverage Sector
Rahim Mohammed, second
from right, and Promotions
Specialist, Carib Brewery
Roger Hadeed, third from
right, hold the 2015
Champion Carib Brewery
Mid-Summer Classic trophy
during a Media Conference
at Carib Brewery Limited,
Champs Fleur yesterday.
Also in photo are
Lynn Patrice Ochoa, second
from left and two promotion
models representing carib.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
over IPL success
Lack of red ball
prep no worry
Day of celebration for Chanderpaul says Nanan
Taylor, Dottin level series
for West Indies Women
Sri Lanka vs West Indies
SRI LANKA WOMEN
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Mendis), 2-60 (Jayangani), 3-71
(Surangika), 4-107 (Hansika), 5-124 (Siriwardene)
Bowling: Munroe 1-0-10-0 (w1), Taylor 4-0-20-2, Smartt
2-0-18-0 (nb2), Mohammed 4-0-28-1, Fletcher 2-0-14-0,
Matthews 4-0-20-1, King 3-0-12-0.
WEST INDIES WOMEN
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Matthews, 1.5), 2-111 (Dottin)
Bowling: S Weerakkody 3-0-24-0, Prabodhani 3.5-0-25-1
(w1), Samuddika 4-0-33-1, Siriwardene 4-0-19-0, Kumari
Result: West Indies Women won by eight wickets.
Series: Three-match series tied 1-1.
Toss: Sri Lanka Women.
Umpires: R Kottahachchi, R Martinesz. CMC
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