West Indies fast bowler, Shamilia Connell collapsed on the field during the West Indies match against Bangladesh on Friday at Mount Maunganui.
West Indies were defending the target of 141 after they were restricted to 140 for 9 in 50 overs. Shemaine Campbelle was the lone scorer as she scored an unbeaten 53 and took West Indies to 140. The Windies bowlers were excellent with the ball taking wickets at regular intervals. Hayley Matthews was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 25 in 10 overs getting her career-best figures. Captain Stafanie Taylor got 3 for 29 and defended 8 runs in the final helping West Indies win the match by 4 runs.
Shamilia Connell who had bowled just 3 overs and conceded 15 runs collapsed in 47th over while fielding near the backward point region. No one had an idea of what had happened. An ambulance was brought onto the field and Connell was able to get into the ambulance on her own feet giving a sign that things might not be too serious.
Post-match, Hayley Matthews who was the player of the match said that she feels that Connell will be alright. There were some concerns after the way she collapsed. But, the team is confident about her as she is a fighter.
Connell has played all 5 matches so far opening the bowling for the side. She has picked 5 wickets in the tournament so far with 3 for 38 against England being the best. She is a key member of the West Indies side as she plays a major role in bowling during the powerplay overs. The 29-year-old bowler will be expected to be back as early as possible fit and fine.
West Indies have won 3 of their 5 matches. They have 2 more matches left against Pakistan and South Africa. They must win at least one to be in contention for a Semi-Final spot. They will take on Pakistan on Monday at Hamilton.
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