Dottin blasts WI to final
DHAKA?– Led by a superb knock of 73 from Barbadian Deandra Dottin, the West Indies won their fifth straight match to reach the final of the International Cricket Council’s Women’s World Cup 2013 qualification tournament.
In an awesome display, the Caribbean girls easily defeated Sri Lanka by 58 runs in their semi-final at the Khanshaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah yesterday.
The Windies made a challenging 235 for five off their 50 overs and then restricted the Sri Lankans to 177 for seven in their 50 overs.
The West Indies will now play Pakistan in the final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, tomorrow. The winners will claim fifth spot in the ICC Women’s One-Day International Team Rankings.
The Pakistanis reached the final with a surprise three-wicket victory over the previously unbeaten South Africa.
Batting first on a good surface after winning the toss, West Indies took their time to get into the swing of things with Stafanie Taylor, captain Merissa Aguilleira and top-scorer Dottin all making half-centuries.
Taylor, the ICC Women’s Cricket-of-the-Year, made a well-constructed 58 off 99 balls with six boundaries – the 11th half-century of her career. Dottin, one of the leading power-hitters in the women’s game, cracked seven fours and two sixes in a perfectly timed 73 off 86 balls. It was her best score in ODIs for West Indies and earned her the Player Of The Match award.
Aguilleira, in her second knock of the tournament proved to be the perfect finisher as she hit four boundaries and a six in a run-a-ball 52 not out – her second half-century in her 40th One-Day International.
Speaking after the match, coach Sherwin Campbell said he was pleased with the result and pointed to the improvement of the players.
“More and more we are seeing players coming to the fore and this is great. Before, it was one or two players who would do most of the work and others would chip in and make vital contributions, but now others are stepping up to the plate and performing and winning matches for us with both bat and ball,” the former West Indies vice captain said. (PR/EZS)