Series: West Indies in Pakistan Nov 2021
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Toss: West Indies
Result: West Indies by 6 wickets
Captain Passes 5000 Runs to Seal Victory
Stafanie Taylor‘s 102 not out took her past 5000 ODI runs and cemented a 3-0 series win for West Indies in Karachi.
The West Indies skipper won the toss and sporting a huge smile elected to field. Stafanie was palpably happy at having won the toss and that smile was evident at both the beginning and the end of the match.
Having been bundled out for 116 in the previous match, the Pakistan openers Muneeba Ali (58) and Ayesha Zafar (13) were understandable cautious but the wicket seemed a little easier to bat on and Muneeba in particular, grew more confident as play went on. Not so Ayesha who was caught and bowled by Aaliyah Alleyne (2-41), but the pair had put on 49 runs for the first wicket at reasonable clip.
Captain Javeria Khan (13) entered the scene without having much recent form to her name, indeed her last 10 innings only had 145 runs to her name. Muneeba was making up for it as she grew more comfortable and passed fifty for the first time in her career but was the second wicket to fall when she holed out to Chinelle Henry off the bowling of Taylor.
Pakistan were in reasonable shape at 123/2 but then a mini collapse. Javeria was plating a patient hand but a solid drive to mid-off straight to Stafanie Taylor and the skipper set off for a run. Poor choice as she was easily runout, the Windies skipper smiling. 129/3 soon became 131/4 with the demise of Omaima Sohail (27).
Aliya Riaz (44*) joined Iram Javed (26) and the pair put on 44 for the sixth wicket before some fireworks from Fatima Sana (9) and Diana Baig (9) saw Pakistan finish in reasonable shape at 225/7. It was their highest total of the series.
West Indies began the chase awkwardly, first losing Deandra Dottin (4) LBW to Anam Amin (2-41), Rashada Williams (6) caught behind off Diana Baig, and Shemain Campbelle (1) also LBW to Amin. It the Windies’ chase in tatters at 15/3.
Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews (49) took it one over at a time, choosing to soak up a few overs before getting their eyes in. Matthews was more the aggressor and was unlucky to lose her wicket just short of her half century. It was also the last wicket to fall.
Chedean Nation (51*) joined her captain who was starting to unleash. It was vintage Taylor as she first passed 50 and then on her way to her eventual score of 102 not out, her sixth ODI century, she passed 5000 runs in ODIs. She is the leading scorer for West Indies in women’s ODIs with 5060 runs and the third highest overall behind Mithali Raj (7391) and Charlotte Edwards (5992).
Taylor’s 102* along with 1-17 with the ball and the runout of Javeria Khan saw her awarded the Player of the Match. Special mention to Player of the Series, Hayley Matthews. She was in the mix with bot bat and ball for the entire tournament.
West Indies won the series 3-0 as they now head to Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifiers. Little wonder the captain is smiling.
Pakistan 225/7 (Muneeba Ali 58, Aliya Riaz 44*, Shakera Selman 2-40, Aaliyah Alleyne 2-41) 50 overs
West Indies 226/4 (Stafanie Taylor 102*, Chedean Nation 51*, Hayley Matthews 49, Anam Amin 2-45) 44 overs
Player of the Match: Stafanie Taylor
Player of the Series: Hayley Matthews