Mumbai: Stephanie Taylor cracked a brilliant century as West Indies crushed Sri Lanka by 209 runs in their second Group A fixture to resurrect their hopes of qualifying in the Super Six in the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Sunday.
Having lost to India by 105 runs in their lung opener, West Indies needed a victory to stay alive in the tournament.
They did it in style by rattling up their highest-ever ODI total of 368 for eight by riding on 21-year-old opener Taylor’s career-best knock of 171 and then bowled out Sri Lanka for 159 in 40 overs at the MIG Club ground.
Taylor cracked her fourth one-day century and the hard-hitting Deandra Dottin smashed the fastest-ever half century in only 20 balls to power the West Indies to their first-ever 300-plus score and the fourth highest in the tournament's history and the seventh best of all ODI scores.
Sri Lanka, who had stunned defending champions England with a thrilling last-ball win in their tournament opener at the Brabourne Stadium two days ago, never threatened to surpass the target and lost comprehensively.
West Indies 368/ 8 in 50 overs (S. Taylor 171, D. Dottin 50). Sri Lanka 159 in 40 overs (S. Quintayne 3/32). West Indies won by 209 runs