Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 20th 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, October 20, 2015
GALLE---A bruised and battered West
Indies travelled to Colombo yesterday to
begin preparation for the second and final
Test against Sri Lanka which bowls off on
Thursday at the P Sara Oval.
The Caribbean side was given a battering
in the opening Test, going down by an
innings and six runs inside four days on
Saturday, to fall behind in the two-Test
West Indies will have only a short turn-
around time in between matches as they
seek to make tweaks to the disappointing
performance which saw them extend their
unenviable record of having never won a
Test on Sri Lankan soil.
At the heart of the West Indies woes was
their brittle batting. Responding to Sri
Lanka s massive first innings total of 484
all out, the tourists twice suffered batting
collapses to crash for 251 in their first innings
and then 227 in their second innings, fol-
New captain Jason Holder said his side
would need to improve in this area of they
are to compete in Colombo.
"We just need to apply ourselves a bit
more with the bat and hopefully put some
runs [on the board] in the second Test,"
Holder pointed out.
West Indies were ripped apart by left-
arm spinner Rangana Herath who picked
up six for 68 in the first innings and returned
to take four for 79 in the second, for his
fifth ten-wicket match haul in Tests.
Holder explained that another crucial
aspect to the upcoming Test would be the
Windies batsmen improving their approach
"I think we need to be a little more patient
when we re batting him, and just be a little
more positive and decisive. Once we do that
in the second Test, we will be a lot better
off," the 23-year-old noted.
He also pointed to the fielding, which
proved a let-down. West Indies floored four
catches during the Sri Lanka innings with
Dinesh Chandimal, who struck 151, getting
Holder stressed this was a key part of
their game which needed to be addressed.
"I think we ve got to hold our chances.
Again, I go back to that [Sri Lanka] first
innings---once we hold our chances, the
scorecard could [have looked] a lot different,"
"Having said that, Herath bowled well
and got ten wickets...and I thought their
fast bowlers supported well. If we can take
a leaf from their book, just probably be a
big more disciplined as we were in the first
innings and then hold our chances, that
will be the key going forward." (CMC)
Holder calls for
application from team
GROS ISLET---An unbroken 44-run part-
nership between Kyshona Knight and Anisa
Mohammed pulled West Indies Women out
of trouble and lifted them to an exciting
three-wicket victory over Pakistan Women
in the second One-Day International here
late Sunday night.
Chasing a modest target of 150 at the
Beausejour Cricket Stadium, West Indies
Women slumped to 106 for seven in the 34th
over, with all of their frontline batsmen already
However, Knight struck a bold 28 not out
and Player-of-the-Match Anisa Mohammed,
an unbeaten 19, to defy pressure and a con-
fident Pakistan Women attack, to see the
Caribbean side over the line with 19 deliveries
Under pressure, Knight dug deep, facing
65 deliveries and striking a four and a six
while Mohammed occupied the crease for
42 balls and counted two fours, to offer great
Captain Stafanie Taylor top-scored with
a fluent 49 from 89 balls but no other bats-
man made it into double figures.
With the result, Windies Women levelled
the four-match series at 1-1 but more impor-
tantly, snared the two precious ICC Cham-
pionship points on offer.
Sent in earlier, Pakistan Women collapsed
to 149 all out off 46.1 overs, with Nain Abidi
hammering 48 off 82 deliveries and Bismah
Maroof getting 28 off 74 balls, before retiring
The visitors were 127 for three in the 38th
over but slumped badly, losing their last
seven wickets for 22 runs.
Off-spinners Hayley Matthews (2-22) and
Mohammed (2-24) picked up two wickets
apiece while Taylor, also bowling off-spin,
strangled the Pakistani batsmen with a ten-
over spell which cost just 25 runs and yielded
West Indies Women struck early removing
both openers Marina Iqbal (15) and Javeria
Khan (4) with just 25 runs on the board in
the eighth over.
Abidi and Bismah then put on the most
productive stand of the innings, adding 56
for the third wicket to revive the innings.
The tone of the innings changed, however,
once Bismah limped out of the contest in
the 24th over, and though captain Sana Mir
(8) helped extend the partnership to 76, West
Indies Women steadily made inroads.
Seamer Asmavia Iqbal (2-17) then knocked
over the two West Indies Women openers,
Kycia Knight (6) and Matthews (9) cheaply
with the score on 33 before Taylor and Dean-
dra Dottin (9) steadied the innings in a 36-
Taylor was the protagonist, stroking six
fours and appearing set for a big score before
she was one of five wickets to fall for 37 runs
in the space of 75 balls.
Left-arm spinner Anam Amin was the
main destroyer, claiming four for 27 from
her ten overs, to trigger the slide.
She started by bowling Merissa Aguilleira
for five with the score on 81 in the 26th over
before removing Taylor in the 30th and then
trapping Britney Cooper (7) and Stacy-Ann
King (0) lbw off successive deliveries in the
34th over. Kyshona and Mohammed then
rallied the innings brilliantly, to get West
Indies home with overs ticking away.
The third ODI is set for tomorrow at the
same venue start at 2 pm. (CMC)
Knight, Mohammed shine as WI level series
Nain Abidi is bowled by Hayley Matthews
during the second ODI between West
Indies Women and Pakistan Women on
Sunday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
The West Indies tour of Sri Lanka is expected to
be a loss.
Carlton Bernadus, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) oper-
ations manager, has estimated the loss to be in the
vicinty of approximately $4.5 million.
With television rights being the biggest earner, the
West Indies no longer attract top dollar and hence
the SLC will have to absorb a loss. However, under
the new arrangement at the International Cricket
Council (ICC), SLC can make a claim to the Test
Fund set up recently.
According to Bernadus: "Having this tour take
place here is a colossal loss. You see the main source
of income for these tours come from the broadcasting
rights. In terms of this, there are teams that bring
you good money, then there are teams that bring
you lesser amounts. With a series consisting of two
Test matches, three ODIs and two T20s, we will
spend about 200 million Sri Lankan rupee. We might
be able to recover about half of this, so the loss is
in the range of 100 million rupees."
Bernadus explained that the SLC allowed fans to
attend the matches free of charge to see the Galle
Test despite the overall loss. "For the Galle Test we
don t change anything because we want people from
the out-station, that is outside Colombo to come
and watch cricket. We want them to come and see
elite cricketers in action. The loss we would suffer
from the gates for that Test is is very minimal it is
about R3million (US$20,000) or R4 million
(US$28,000) and when you consider what you have
to put in place when you charge, it is better to just
let them come in."
The second Test will take place from Wednesday
and even for this match, the SLC is sparing no cost
in making it a memorable affair. "Going into the sec-
ond Test we are inviting 1000 school boys and we
will give them an autograph card of both captains
(Sobers and Tissera), so they have something special
to keep from the occasion. We are very grateful to
have Sobers come over to witness the match and to
be there at the end to present the trophy."
Sobers will arrive in Sri Lanka today, to view the
He was invited by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for the
event. Bernadus said his board was happy to welcome
Sobers, who played a part in the development of Sri
Lanka s cricket by coaching their senior team. "We
are very happy that we could host Sir Gary in Sri
Lanka again. He is a man of the highest standard
and a real gentleman. He has not only done a lot for
West Indies and world cricket but also Sri Lanka
Bernadus was also high in praise of Michael Tissera,
who captained Ceylon in early days but never played
Test cricket for Sri Lanka. "Tissera was not only an
astute captain but also great administrator of the
sport in this country. We are happy to have his name
associated with this Test series."
SLC has plans to honour both men: "We are having
a commemorative coin done for the Test. The coin
will be used at the toss, and we will have Sobers on
one side and Tissera on the other. What would make
the event even more unique is that the captains
cannot call heads or tails at the toss but they would
have to call either Sobers or Tissera.
Sri Lanka takes a
beating from WI tour
M Iqbal c wkpr Kycia Knight b Connell
Javeria Khan run out
Bismah Maroof ret. hurt
Nain Abidi b Matthews
Sana Mir c Cooper b Mohammed
Aliya Riaz c wkpr Kycia Knight b Matthews 14
Nida Dar run out
Asmavia Iqbal c & b Taylor
Sania Khan run out
Rabiya Shah c wkpr Kycia Knight b Mohammed 1
Anam Amin not out
Extras (lb2, w12, nb1)
TOTAL (all out, 46.1 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-25, 2-81, 3-101, 4-127, 5-127,
6-136, 7-148, 8-149, 9-149
Bowling: Smartt 8-1-25-0 (nb1, w2), Connell 5-1-17-
1 (w2), Dottin 5-0-19-0 (w3), King 4-0-15-0 (w3),
Mohammed 7.1-0-24-2, Taylor 10-0-25-1 (w2),
WEST INDIES WOMEN
Kycia Knight c Marina Iqbal b Asmavia Iqbal 6
H Matthews c Marina Iqbal b Asmavia Iqbal 9
S Taylor c Asmavia Iqbal b Anam Amin
D Dottin run out
M Aguilleira b Anam Amin
Kyshona Knight not out
B Cooper lbw b Anam Amin
S King lbw b Anam Amin
A Mohammed not out
Extras (b1, lb1, w15, nb1)
TOTAL (7 wkts, 46.5 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-33, 3-69, 4-81, 5-90, 6-106,
Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 5.4-0-17-2 (w3), Sania
Khan 9.2-1-31-0 (w3), Sana Mir 9.5-1-30-0 (w3),
Anam Amin 10-2-27-4 (w1), Nida Dar 10-2-28-0
(w1, nb1), Marina Iqbal 1-0-13-0 (w1), Javeria Khan
Result: West Indies Women won by three wickets.
Points: West Indies Women 2.
Player of the Match: Anisa Mohammed.
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson.
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