Taylor guides West Indies women to six-wicket win over Pakistan

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Captain Stephanie Taylor scored an unbeaten 102 as the West Indies women’s team completed a whitewash by defeating Pakistan by six wickets in the three-match ODI series at the National Stadium here on Sunday.

Set 226 for victory, the visitors chased down the target in the fifth over at 15 for 3 in 44 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Taylor then shared a comfortable 128-run fifth wicket partnership with Chadian Nation 51 to register a comfortable win.

West Indies also won the first two ODIs at the same venue in a comfortable fashion, with Deandra Dottin scoring a century in the first match.

Batting first, Pakistan could only manage 225 runs after skipper Javeria Khan was run out for the second time in the series.

The team’s most experienced batsman Javeria could only score 13 runs but opener Muniba Ali scored 58 runs in 88 balls with the help of eight fours.

Once she could only make a meaningful contribution by dismissing Alia Riaz (44 off 57 balls) and Omaima Sohail (27) and Erum Javed (26).

Shakira Selman and Alia Allene took two wickets each for the visiting team.

Left-arm spinner Anam Amin and pacer Diana Baig sent back the first three visiting batsmen cheaply, but then Stefanie Taylor batted beautifully in her 117-ball knock with 12 fours, while Chedian kept her pace. He hit seven fours in the innings.

All-rounder Hayley Mathews also played an important innings of 49 runs.

The ODI series is part of preparations for the ICC Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe from where both the teams need to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

Both the teams will leave for Harare tonight.

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