Allround Stafanie Taylor leads West Indies to 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan

West Indies team celebrate 3-0 win against Pakistan. © Cricket West Indies

Allround performance from Stafanie Taylor helped West Indies complete a three-nil whitewash against Pakistan with an emphatic six-wicket win in the final T20I on Sunday (July 4). The West Indies skipper scored 43 runs and took four for 17, including a hat-trick, to finish the series on a high at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Chasing about five runs per over, the hosts got off to the worst possible start as they lost Hayley Matthews early to Anam Amin. The allrounder’s poor form continued as she hit one straight into the hands of Diana Baig at short extra-cover. Deandra Dottin and Kyshona Knight followed her back to the pavilion off consecutive deliveries from Baig in the very next over.

While Baig completed a reflex return catch to dismiss Dottin, Kyshona nicked one to Sidra Nawaz behind the wickets. It seemed like Baig could complete the second hat-trick of the match, but Chedean Nation left the harmless delivery to the keeper.

The hosts were down to 24 for three after five overs. Nation, along with Taylor, built and partnership and slowly rebuilt the innings. Together, they added 41 runs before Nation got out trying to hit Nida Dar over the top and spooned a catch back to her. Nation made 20 runs from 29 balls.

Joined by Kycia Knight, Taylor took the role of the aggressor and hit Dar for back-to-back boundaries, bringing down the equation to 26 runs from 36 balls. With no scoreboard pressure, the duo took the team across the line with ease.

West Indies completed the six-wicket win with five balls to spare. Taylor finished with 43 not out from 41 balls, and Kycia scored a 27-ball 24. Baig was the impressive bowler for Pakistan as she took two for 17 in her four overs.

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Earlier, Pakistan got off to a quick start in the powerplay after opting to bat. Both Javeria Khan and Muneeba Ali were proactive, trying to take the attack to the West Indies bowlers. While Ali hit a couple of boundaries of Aaliya Alleyne, Khan pulled Shamilia Connell to the square-leg boundary. But Connell had the last laugh as Khan chased a wide delivery and nicked it to the keeper.

Ali was trying to hit through the line whenever she had the width to free her hands but was not timing them well. She miscued one from Connell and got out for 18 runs from 15 balls. Though Iram Javed fell shortly after, Aliya Riaz and Nida Dar tried to rebuild.

The experienced duo took their time to settle and kept the scoreboard moving with singles and doubles. Just when it seemed like they were building a partnership, Anisa Mohammed got rid of Nida Dar for a 19-ball 17. The veteran off-spinner dismissed Sidra Nawaz and the dangerous Ayesha Naseem off consecutive overs, and Pakistan were down to 78 for six after 15 overs.

Riaz tried to hold the fort at one end and keep the innings going. After Taylor removed Fatima Sana, Riaz tried to build a partnership with Baig. However, she got out in the final over of the innings for 29 runs from 35 balls. Taylor dismissed Baig and Amin off consecutive deliveries to complete a hat-trick.

She became the second West Indian to take a T20I hat-trick after Anisa Mohammed. Pakistan were all out for 102 in 19.4 overs. Taylor and Mohammed were the picks of the bowlers, taking four and three wickets, respectively.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 102 all out in 19.4 overs (Aliya Riaz 29; Stafanie Taylor 4/17) lost to West Indies 106/4 in 19.1 overs (Stafanie Taylor 43*; Diana Baig 2/17) by six wickets.