Windies Women confident of series win

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – An upbeat West Indies will be looking to upstage a dangerous India side when they clash in Sunday’s decisive third One-Day International here at Warner Park.

West Indies went down by 76 runs in the opening game on Wednesday but bounced back strongly on Friday to beat the tourists by 42 runs.

Should the hosts complete a victory on Sunday, it means they would have swept the higher ranked Indians in both the Twenty20 and one-day series.

“We played some really good cricket in the T20s to win that series and again we proved that we can compete with a team ranked higher than us and also beat them,” head coach Sherwin Campbell said.

“We lost the first ODI but we bounced back to win convincingly in the second match and set-up a ‘final’ on Sunday. We will approach the match with confidence.

“We will plan well, prepare well and look to execute. We believe we can win the match and take this series.”

A key component of any West Indies win on Sunday will be the outstanding Stafanie Taylor who is currently the World’s second ranked batsman.

The Jamaican has tallied 1 807 runs and taken 55 wickets in 46 One-Dayers to be the most successful woman in West Indies history.

She was one of the architects behind the Windies’ series-levelling win on Friday, producing a superb 75 to lead the batting effort.

“Stafanie has been superb for us in both the T20 and 50-over formats and she is performing really well in all departments – with the bat, with the ball and in the field,” Campbell noted.

“She is a leader in the team as well and plays with great confidence. Her confidence rubs off on the other players.

“She is an amazing player. She is still very young at age 20 and will form a vital part of West Indies cricket in the future. She is a knowledgeable and committed cricketer and she has it in her to be one of the most successful women cricketers of all time.”

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 16:43