Courtney Walsh, head coach of West Indies Women, has expressed a level of satisfaction with the team’s performance during their five-match ODI series against Pakistan. The West Indies Women won the first three games but lost consecutive games to take the series 3-2.
The second of those losses occurred on Sunday when the home side went down by 22 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method after the match was delayed by a damp pitch, resulting in the match being reduced to 36 overs and then to 34 overs when rain forced a stop in play.
Batting first, the West Indies restricted Pakistan to 190-8, despite some undisciplined bowling. Muneeba Ali led the scoring for Pakistan with 39 and Omaima Sohail contributed 34 in the face of the bowling of Shabika Gajnabi, who finished with figures of 2-26 and Chinelle Henry 2-37.
Because of the interruptions, the West Indies were required to chase 194 from 34 overs, an ask that proved to be beyond the batters, who struggled to maintain or exceed the required run-rate. It proved to be an insurmountable task especially with wickets falling consistently.
Only Britney Cooper, who led all scorers with 40 and Deandra Dottin 37, offered any real resistance to the bowling of Fatima Sana Khan, who returned figures of 5-39 and Diana Baig 2-32, as the West Indies Women were bowled out for 171.
Notwithstanding the poor performance, Walsh said there were good signs from the women during the series.
“There’s a fair amount of positives with the cricket upfront. We lacked consistency in the last two games, we didn’t show that hunger,” Walsh said while adding that he didn’t believe the team lost focus after winning the first three matches.
“I wouldn’t say it was complacency but we made some crucial mistakes that cost us right throughout. The results of both series wins were very good because we hadn’t had a series for a while. Moving forward we have to look at where we are. We have the qualifiers coming up and World Cup after, so we have to address a number of areas.”
Team captain Stafanie Taylor was inclined to agree with the coach but said it was refreshing to be able to play cricket and get the series win.
“We will take away the series win but I guess when you look back on these two last games, I think we should have done a lot better,” said Taylor.
“It’s very pleasing, we haven’t won a series at home or away (in a long time). To actually win a series at home; once you win at home you can transfer that to a win away, so I’m really pleased we’re back up and running when it comes to winning.”
The West Indies played England in a five-match T20 series in England in September 2020 and were comprehensively beaten in all five matches.