Stafanie Taylor’s hat-trick West Indies to 3-0 sweep of Pakistan

Stafanie Taylor

Stafanie Taylor became the second West Indies Women player to claim a T20I hat-trick as the hosts swept Pakistan Women 3-0 in North Sound, Antigua. After dismissing Pakistan’s top-scorer Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig and No.11 Anam Amin off successive balls in the final over of the first innings, Taylor followed up with an unbeaten 43 off 41 balls to secure the chase, completing the job in the last over of the game.

Offspinner Anisa Mohammed, who was the first West Indies Women player to take a T20I hat-trick, in 2018, also played her part last Sunday, returning 3 for 24 in her four overs. But it was Shamilia Connell, the Player of the Series, who set the tone for the victory by nipping out both the Pakistan openers in the powerplay after the tourists had opted to bat first.

Mohammed, Hayley Matthews and Taylor then prolonged Pakistan’s misery with regular strikes and thrifty bowling. No.5 Riaz was the only Pakistan batter to pass 25 although her runs came at the sluggish strike rate of 82.85. Opener Muneeba Ali and No.7 Ayesha Naseem were the only Pakistan batters to strike at over 100. Pakistan managed just one boundary in their last five overs, with Taylor capping the innings with her hat-trick.

The West Indies captain wasn’t done yet. After watching Matthews, Deandra Dottin and Kyshona Knight fall in the powerplay, she anchored the chase with stands of 41 and an unbroken 48 with a fit-again Chedean Nation and Kycia Knight. Taylor struck four fours during her unbeaten 43 and eventually won the Player-of-the-Match award. Diana Baig provided some consolation for Pakistan, returning 2 for 17 in her four overs.

This was West Indies Women’s first T20I series victory – and series sweep – since they beat Ireland Women 3-0 in Dublin in the pre-Covid era in May 2019.

Scores: West Indies Women 106 for 4 (Taylor 43*, Kycia Knight 24*, Baig 2-17) beat Pakistan Women 102 (Riaz 29, Taylor 4-17, Mohammed 3-24) by six wickets