ICC Women’s World T20: Taylor career-best triggers dramatic collapse for South Africa
West Indies lead the group with 4 points. (Getty Image)

West Indies captain Stephanie Taylor registered career-best figures to hand the home team their second win of the ICC Women’s World T20, against South Africa at St. Lucia on Thursday. Taylor’s 4 for 12 helped West Indies defend a small target of 107 by 31 runs as South Africa collapsed to lose their last nine wickets for just 28 runs. Bowling them out for 76, the win escalated West Indies to the top of their group, while South Africa have two points with one win and a loss.

West Indies women weren’t great with the bat themselves. Shabnil Ismail picked up 3 for 12 to restrict West Indies to a total that was nine out of ten times, chaseable. She took the first three wickets to leave West Indies struggling at 22 for 3 before a 45-run partnership between Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean staged a brief recovery to shepherd West Indies past the 100-run mark.

In reply, South Africa were comfortably placed at 48 for 1 in 11 overs before the wheels came off. West Indies were terrific in the field, affecting three run outs. After the early dismissal of Laura Wolvaardt for 8, opener Lizelle Lee and No. 3 batter Marizanne Kapp added 31 runs to the total before Deandra Dottin broke the stand.

As it turns out, Lee’s dismissal was where the whole scenario changed upside down for South Africa. Taylor ripped through the middle order with wickets of Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tyron and Ismal as no other batter entered double digits. Two run outs in the 19th over sealed the game for West Indies.

Brief Scores: Windies 107/7 (Kycia Knight 32, Shabnim Ismail 3-12) beat South Africa 76 (Marizanne Kapp 26, Stafanie Taylor 4-12, Shamilia Connell 1-9) by 31 runs.