West Indies were hustled out for only 131 in the ICC women’s world cup when a dominant Australia defeated them by 7 wickets at Basin Reserve in the group stage.
West Indies women’s Captain Stafanie Taylor’s fifty was the bright spot of the innings for the West Indies, but unfortunately could not help them end Australia’s win streak.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, West Indies Women posted 131 all out in 45.5 overs.
Captain Stafanie Taylor top-scored with an even 50 from 91 deliveries.
Shemaine Campbelle had the next best figures with 20 off 51 balls.
Campbell was eventually dismissed for 20 from 51 balls as Gardner claimed her first wicket of the day, with the all-rounder miscuing straight to midwicket as Beth Mooney took the catch.
Taylor continued to provide resistance – despite runs being hard to come by against a disciplined bowling attack - but she found herself in need of a partner as Chinelle Henry and Aaliyah Alleyne both fell for 10.
Speaking after the match, all-rounder Hayley Matthews said, "Obviously going into the second innings we knew we didn't have the score we wanted on the board but at the same time, we've shown a lot of fight throughout the entire tournament and we were looking to do nothing different today.”
“We knew we would have a chance if we took early wickets. I don't think it's too much pressure (going into the last three games). Coming into this tournament we knew the first four games are going to probably be our hardest.”
“We said to ourselves if we could get 2-3 wins out of these first four games we would be in a strong position and we've done exactly that. The tournament is still in our hands if we can go out there and win the remaining three matches."
West Indies Women will travel to Tauranga where they will play Bangladesh on March 18 at Bay Oval. (CWI)