Oct 30, 2015 Sports
St George’s, Grenada, CMC – Deandra Dottin took centre stage for the first time on the tour as West Indies
barely broke a sweat in disposing of Pakistan Women by eight wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series here yesterday.
Opting to bowl first at the National Stadium, West Indies Women restricted the visitors to 74-9, with seamer Dottin taking 2-10 from her two overs. She then returned to stroke a fluent unbeaten 38 as the hosts cruised to their target with 22-balls remaining, to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
West Indies Women were slumping at 24-2 in the sixth over after losing openers Hayley Matthews (9) and Stafanie Taylor (8) cheaply but Dottin partnered with former skipper Merissa Aguilleira, 15 not out, in an unbroken 54-run third wicket stand, to pull the innings around.
The right-handed Dottin was the dominant partner, facing 39 deliveries and stroking three fours and a six while Aguilleira consumed 28 balls without striking a boundary. For Dottin, the knock was her first one of prominence on tour after getting a string of low scores during the preceding four-match One-Day International series, and it earned her the Player-of-the-Match award.
Earlier, she took key wickets and was supported by fast bowler Tremayne Smartt who finished with 2-13, as Pakistan Women never really got going. Aliya Riaz, batting at number seven, top-scored with 16 and was only one of only three players to reach double figures.
Pakistan were off to a horrid start when the usually prolific Javeria Khan was run out in the second over for one and wickets continued to tumble to leave the visitors tottering on 24-5 in the ninth over.
West Indies Women were briefly held up by a 36-run, stand between Riaz and Nida Dar (13) but once the partnership was broken, the innings went into decline once again with Dottin helping to ensure a swift collapse.
The second T20I is scheduled for tomorrow at the same venue.
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