The West Indies overcame a batting stutter to defeat gallant debutant Thailand by seven wickets at the women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Saturday.
But the West Indies struggled at 27 for 3 in the chase before captain Stafanie Taylor (26 not out) and Shemaine Campbelle (25 not out) chased down the total with 20 deliveries to spare.
Naruemol Chaiwai’s spectacular run out of opener Lee-Ann Kirby for three highlighted Thailand’s impressive fielding performance.
Later, Sophie Devine’s sixth consecutive 50-plus score steered New Zealand to victory against Sri Lanka.
It took time for New Zealand to get the 128-run chase going, but captain Devine led by example, becoming the only player, male or female, to register more than six consecutive 50-plus scores in the format, en route to the seven-wicket victory.
Brief scores: Thailand 78/9 lost to West Indies 80/3 in 16.4 overs (S Taylor 26*); Sri Lanka 127/7 in 20 overs lost to New Zealand 131/3 in 17.4 overs (S Devine 75*)