Girls ready to face Japan

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- The West Indies women made it two wins out of two when they trounced Pakistan by eight wickets on Thursday in the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Cricket World Cup 2013 qualifiers.

Following their massive 213-run win over Ireland on Monday, the Windies brushed aside Pakistan, bowling them out for 141 in the final over and then motoring to 142-2, to win with more than 15overs to spare.

On Friday they meet Japan. Coach Sherwin Campbell is quite pleased with the performances and said they will not be taking inexperienced Japan team lightly. First ball is 9 am (11 pm Thursday Eastern Caribbean Time/10 pm Jamaica Time).

“I have been very impressed with the batting. The girls have applied themselves really well and are doing well for themselves and also for the team. We came here not just to qualify but to win the tournament. We had a double-century opening stand between Taylor and (Juliana) Nero in the first match and today, Taylor and Dottin batted beautifully to win the match for us. These are the kinds of things you like to see as a coach,” said the former West Indies vice captain.

“The bowling has also been very good. Anisa is our best bowler and she continues to lead from the front. On these pitches she will always get turns and she is very accurate as well, so you can always expect her to be among the wickets. The seamers bowled well in both matches, so things are taking shape.

“The next match against Japan we expect more of the same. It will be business a usual. There is nothing called a ‘big match’ and a ‘small match’. It will be another opportunity for the players to express themselves. We want to maintain the 100 percent record and look to move on in the tournament.”

On Thursday, the Player-of-the-Match award went to world-rated off-spinner Anisa Mohammed who took 5-26 from 10 overs to continue he impressive run against the Pakistanis. Mohammed, who is the youngest West Indian to play international cricket, took her third five-wicket haul in ODIs.

She now has 62 wickets in 46 matches at an average of 16.16 per wicket. The 22-year-old also has 46 wickets at an average of 10 per wicket in 27 T20 Internationals.

It was then up to the inform all-rounder Stafanie Taylor, who made 66 not out, to follow up her 107 in the opening match. The ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011 added an unbroken century stand with Deandra Dottin.

Dottin is perhaps best known for her quick fire century at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2010 in St Kitts, but this time round the 20-year-old struck a patient innings of 60 in 97 balls to help the West Indies to another win in the event.

Upcoming preliminary matches

Friday, November 18 – West Indies v Japan
Sunday, November 20 – West Indies v Bangladesh
Play-off matches:  November 22 to 25

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