West Indies triumph at last – but it’s not the men

West Indies women completed a
dominant showing in the Twenty20 leg of the ICC Challenge tournament by
crushing Sri Lanka in the final with more than nine overs to spare to win by
nine wickets.

A series of run-outs undermined Sri
Lanka’s batting and they lurched to a measly 83 after choosing to bat. West
Indies’ strong batting had few problems knocking off those runs, with Deandra
Dottin’s boundary-laden 39 guiding the chase.

Sri Lanka’s troubles started in the
first over of the match, when opener Inoka Galagedara was bowled for a duck but
the other opener Chamari Polgampola helped them to a respectable 48 for 2.
Things then fell apart for Sri Lanka, four wickets going down for six runs.
Dilani Manodara made a patient 19 but with the five batsmen following combining
for just 10 runs, West Indies had little to worry about.

With such a small total on board,
the only chance for Sri Lanka to snatch the title was to bowl out West Indies
but the openers, Stafanie Taylor and Juliana Nero, belted 27 runs in the first
three overs. Then Dottin smashed five fours and two sixes – the only ones of
the match – to ensure the game ended in a hurry.

West Indies coach Sherwin Campbell
was delighted with the win: “This is our favourite format of the game, the team
seem to take to it very easily and I am happy they could produce a win today.”

It completes a satisfying series
for West Indies who besides being Twenty20 champions also finished runners-up
in the one-day leg earlier in the week.

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