Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor was satisfied with the team’s batting effort after recording a comfortable 83-run victory over Sri Lanka on Friday.

After being accused of going missing earlier in the tournament, following subpar performances against Bangladesh and South Africa, the Windies top order got their act together in time to punish the Sri Lanka bowlers. 

Led by a belligerent 62 from opener Hayley Matthews and 49 from Deandra Dottin, the Windies put on 94 for the first wicket.

Taylor, who came to crease when the partnership was broken after Matthews’ dismissal, then added 41 from 25 balls to help the team post an unassailable 187.

In response, the Sri Lankan’s anchored by 44 from their captain Chamari Atapattu, were helped by some sloppiness in the field but still fell far short of making the match competitive after being dismissed for 104. 

“We came to the party with our batting, but I can’t say the same for the fielding.  We looked a bit ragged there,” Taylor said.

“We said that we just needed to apply ourselves out there spent some time at the crease.  The reason for winning the toss and batting was that I found that the pitch might be a keeping a bit low,” she added.

The Windies top order came to the party to post their highest Twenty20 International total of 187/5, and backed it up with a dominant performance on the field to wrap up an 83-run win over Sri Lanka in Match 16 of the ICC Women's World T20 and seal their spot in the semi-final. 

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite is one of two players released by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of the IPL 12 auction.

The 28 -year-old all-rounder endured a difficult season with the Sunrisers last season, after being left on the bench for the first half of the campaign.  In total, Brathwaite tallied 75 runs and grabbed 5 wickets in four matches.

Prior to that, the West Indian featured sparsely for the Delhi Daredevils for whom he played only 10 matches across two IPL seasons (eight in 2016 and two in 2017).  In addition to Brathwaite, the team also Wriddhiman Saha.

Yuvraj Singh was on Thursday released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the Indian Premier League auction next month while Rajasthan Royals let go left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat after paying a whopping Rs 11.5 crore for his services earlier this year.

Delhi Daredevils expectedly released Gautam Gambhir, who stepped down as the team's in the middle of the 2018 season after a poor run of form.

Yuvraj, who last played for India in June 2017, was bought by KXIP at a base price of Rs 2 crore at the mega-auction held in January.

Chris Gayle, who too was lapped up by KXIP at his base price of Rs 2 crore, has been expectedly retained after a productive run in the 2018 edition. The deadline to retain players ended on Thursday.

Windies Women’s team skipper Stafanie Taylor has called upon the team to improve its performances at the crease, despite a 31-run win over South Africa in group A of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Wednesday.

In the end, a comfortable victory catapulted the Windies to the top of group A, with a second consecutive conquest.  Taylor’s career-best figures of four for 12 and a brilliant all-round fielding effort put the punctuation on a spirited Windies effort but for the second match in a row the team’s runs scoring effort seemed to have left the bowler with their work cut out.

The top order did not stick around long as top stars Hayley Matthews, Deadra Dottin and Taylor were all back in the pavilion with just 20 runs on the board and the team struggling at 4 for 29.

“We definitely need to improve in that area.  I find that the bowlers have been doing really well for us; so we just have to help out the bowling and put some runs on the board,” Taylor said.

“Tonight I think was one of those nights where the application wasn’t good, the shot selection wasn’t there.  I think if we could have been a bit more laid back and watched what the pitch is doing we would have been better off,” she added.

Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor has revealed she draw some motivation from an injury sustained midway a 31-run victory against South Africa in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Wednesday.

West Indies fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has expressed an interest in taking over as coach of the regional team when Australian Stuart Law departs later this year.

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite has admitted that the team was slow to adjust tactics in a narrow loss to India in the final T20I on Sunday.

Does Nicholas Pooran have a real future as part of the Windies cricket team?

Young Windies batsman Nicholas Pooran insisted he was just grateful to take the opportunity to showcase his talent, after smashing an impressive half-century against India in the T20 series finale between the teams on Sunday.

The 23-year-old clobbered four 4s and four 6s in a 53-run unbeaten stand, from 25 deliveries, which pushed the regional team to a respectable 181 for 3.  In the end, the total was not enough, however, as the host secured a thrilling last-ball win and an overall 3-0 series win. 

Underpinned by 92 from opening batsman Shikar Dhawan, the Indians made 182 for 4.  Despite a tough loss and difficult series, however, Pooran was satisfied with his maiden T20I half-century.

“That’s cricket I am just trying to grab the opportunities I get.  We haven’t had the best of series, our team is mixed with a set of youngsters and every game is an opportunity for one of us to take it,” Pooran said.

“Today I’m happy I was able to take my opportunity.  We had nothing left to lose,” he added.

The focus has all been on Deandra Dottin’s batting in the lead-up to this ICC Women’s World T20 2018. And then she goes and makes a statement with the ball on the opening day of the tournament, reminding everyone why she’s one of the most feared all-rounders of the game. 

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is hoping to return to the team in time for the match-up against the West Indies later this month.

Windies T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite admits the team has been undergoing a period of experimentation to determine its best batting line-up, following another crushing defeat to India.

Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite is hoping to take the positives from a disappointing 71 run loss to India in the second T20 international on Tuesday.

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