Record-breaker Dot­tin hands Windies win­ning start

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

VET­ERAN ALL-ROUNDER De­an­dra Dot­tin sin­gle-hand­edly de­stroyed Bangladesh with the third-best fig­ures in women’s Twenty20 In­ter­na­tion­als as West Indies opened their de­fence of the T20 World Cup with a rous­ing 60-run vic­tory here on Fri­day night.

De­fend­ing a pal­try 107, West Indies routed the Asian side for 46 – a record low in the tour­na­ment’s his­tory – with Dot­tin pro­duc­ing mag­i­cal ca­reer-best fig­ures of five for five from 22 de­liv­er­ies to claim the Playerof-the-Match hon­our.

The per­for­mance – the best by a West Indies bowler in T20 In­ter­na­tion­als – rocked the Bangladeshis and ru­ined an ideal op­por­tu­nity to up­set the reign­ing World cham­pi­ons. Play­ing be­fore a large crowd at the Guyana Na­tional Sta­dium, Bangladesh had ear­lier landed the first ma­jor punches when they scythed through the hosts’ in­nings to re­duce them to 106 for eight off their 20 overs. In fact, the Windies were tot­ter­ing on 30 for five in the 13th over, and it re­quired left­hander Ky­cia Knight’s cameo 32 off 24 de­liv­er­ies and cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor’s pa­tient 29 off 44 de­liv­er­ies to see the to­tal past triple fig­ures.

On a slow, turn­ing strip, vice-cap­tain Hay­ley Matthews mist­imed a lofted shot and holed out to mid-off for six in the third over from seamer Ja­ha­nara Alam (3-23), and fel­low opener Dot­tin fol­lowed without a run added off the next ball, pick­ing out Fahima Khatun at point with a mis­placed cut to de­part for eight. She­maine Camp­belle missed a sweep at cap­tain and off-spin­ner Salma Khatun and was ad­judged lbw for one, and Natasha McLean (11) threat­ened briefly with a six-over mid-wicket off off-spin­ner Khadija Tul Kubra be­fore york­ing her­self in the ninth over af­ter play­ing over a full-length de­liv­ery from leg-spin­ner Ru­mana Ahmed (2-16).

HOLED OUT

When Brit­ney Cooper holed out to long on in the 13th over, West Indies were against the ropes, but Tay­lor and Knight com­bined in a 37-run six­th­wicket stand to add re­spectabil­ity to the in­nings.

Knight was the cat­a­lyst, ham­mer­ing two fours and a six in a breezy knock while Tay­lor counted two fours in the an­chor role.

West Indies wasted lit­tle time in mak­ing in­roads into the Bangladesh in­nings when seamer Shak­era Selman (2-12) claimed Shamima Sul­tana, pulling to Matthews at mid-wicket for five off the last ball of the first over.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Dot­tin saw the Windies ram home their ad­van­tage. Bowl­ing wicket to wicket, the 27-year-old seamer ripped out the mid­dle or­der in a de­struc­tive spell to put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

She struck with the sec­ond ball of her spell, hur­ry­ing Far­gana Hoque (8) with a short ball and tak­ing the re­turn catch off the re­sult­ing top-edged pull in the ninth over, and two balls later, brought one back to bowl Ni­gar Sul­tana for two.

West Indies play their sec­ond match next Wed­nes­day against South Africa at the Dar­ren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lu­cia.

De­an­dra Dot­tin

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