An outstanding bowling performance from Hayley Mathews and Stefanie Taylor led the West Indies to an easy 6 wickets win in the first match at the Brian Lara Stadium last evening.
Sri Lanka lost their first wicket in the 12th over after opener Nipuni Hansika was struck on the pads by legspinner Fletcher.
Matthews was named the Player of the Match for her spell of 10-2-18-3. She also dismissed the No. 5 Prasadani Weerakkody for 8.
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Dilani Manodara, the wicket-keeper, held one end up, providing some stability to the innings, but it was always a lost cause with wickets falling at the other end.
Matthews was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 18, while Fletcher had 3 for 42 and Taylor 3 for 24.
Chasing 137, Windies started off on the wrong foot, losing Kycia Knight in the first over courtesy a run-out with just two runs on the board, which soon became 7 for 2 in the fifth over with the fall of Taylor. Matthews (22) and Chedean Nation (24) helped their overcome the early blow before the former had to retire hurt.
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With Nation too departing, Sri Lanka felt they had a glimmer of hope having the home side down at 61 for three before Deandra Dottin (22), Merissa Aguilleira (32 not out) and Kyshona Knight (21 not out) saw the team through in 39 overs with six wickets in hand.
The second ODI will be staged at the same venue on October 13.
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