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Hayley Matthews smashes ton as West Indies bag series

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North Sound (Antigua), July 13 (IANS) West Indies Women’s team opening batter Hayley Matthews smashed an unbeaten century as she guided the hosts to an eight-wicket win against Pakistan Women in the third One-day International at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

With the win, achieved with 59 balls to spare on Monday, West Indies Women have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match ODI series.

For the second match in a row, Hayley showed her batting skills as West Indies reached 183/2 off 40.1 overs after Pakistan Women were bowled out for 182 off 49 overs.

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Hayley was named the Player of the Match. Her knock came off 122 deliveries and included 11 boundaries, and followed up the match-winning 49 she made in the second match on July 9 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

It was smooth sailing for West Indies as Hayley shared a century stand with Britney Cooper, who was promoted to bat at No. 3 and made 45 off 68 balls with three boundaries as they added 106 for the second wicket.

Earlier, seam bowler Chinelle Henry had career-best 3/37 as the Pakistan top order collapsed to 56/3 in the 16th over. The innings was rebuilt by a stand of 87 between Naida Dar (24) and Omaima Sohail, who tops-scored with 62 off 79 balls, with seven fours.

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Hayley chipped in with 2/30 in the middle overs. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who was the stand-in captain in place of Stafanie Taylor as captain, then took 3/-25 off her 10 overs to end Pakistan’s resistance.

The teams will meet in the fourth ODI on July 15.

Brief scores: Pakistan Women 182 in 49 overs (O Sohail 62; H Matthews 2/30, C Henry 3/37, A Mohammed 3/25) lost to West Indies Women 183/2 in 40.1 overs (H Matthews 100 not out, B Cooper 45) by eight wickets.

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