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Taylor blasts Windies to victory

Opener Stafanie Taylor bludgeoned 171 to spearhead West Indies’ mammoth 209-run win over Sri Lanka, which propelled them to the top of Group A in the Women’s World Cup ahead of their clash with England.

The Windies suffered defeat to hosts India in the tournament’s opening contest but bounced back in some style after being inserted by Sri Lanka, who had recorded a shock last-ball victory over reigning champions England on Friday.

Taylor made Sri Lanka rue their decision at the toss with a career-best score, which included 18 fours and a pair of maximums, while Deandra Dottin’s rapid 50, accrued from just 22 balls, helped West Indies reach a staggering 368 for eight.

That meant Sri Lanka needed more than seven an over for victory and they never looked like defying the odds with Deepika Rasangika top-scoring with 28 as Shaquana Quintyne claimed 3-32.

Suzie Bates

Suzie Bates, right, runs during her unbeaten knock of 65 as New Zealand continued their perfect start by beating Pakistan

England’s 32-run win over India later in the day means that all four teams in Group A have now picked up one victory. Charlotte Edwards’ side meet West Indies, who lead the way on net run-rate, on Tuesday.

In Group B, Rachel Candy’s maiden five-wicket haul ensured New Zealand made it two wins out of two as they emerged victorious against Pakistan by seven wickets.

Candy did not feature when the White Ferns eased past South Africa in the opening contest on the back of Sophie Devine’s ton, but she made her mark in this competition by seeing off three of Pakistan’s first four batters to leave them on 23 for four.

Only Bismah Maroof, Asmavia Iqbal and Qanita Jalil reached double figures as Pakistan were dismissed for just 104, with Candy claiming 5-19.

New Zealand stuttered to 39 for three in their pursuit of victory, but captain Suzie Bates saw her side home with an unbeaten 65 as they chased down their target inside 30 overs.

Also in that group, Australia joined their near neighbours in having a perfect record after two contests with a narrow three-wicket success over South Africa.

The Proteas elected to bat but lost Yolandi Potgieter, one of three players to fall without scoring, inside the first over. Half-centuries from Trisha Chetty and Marizanne Kapp pushed them to 188 for nine.

Australia’s reply threatened to collapse when they moved from 33 for one to 34 for three, yet Rachael Haynes compiled 83 before Erin Osborne notched a run-a-ball unbeaten 20 to see them over the line.