WOMEN’S WORLD T20 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Dottin ran through Bangladesh’s line-up and finished with remarkable figures of 5 for 6 © Getty
The opening day of the Women’s World T20 2018 had begun with India recording the highest total in the tournament history. It ended with Bangladesh slipping to the lowest-ever score at World T20s and to a thumping defeat.
Deandra Dottin recorded the best figures (5 for 6) in a Women’s World T20 game to get Windies off to a winning start. Dottin’s career-best figures bowled Bangladesh out for 46 giving the tournament hosts a thumping 60-run win and an early lead in the Group A standings.
Given the manner and margin of victory, it would seem almost ludicrous to think that the Windies had briefly flirted with mortality after being put into bat. Perhaps it was the pressure of their ‘defending champions’ tag or simply stage fright, but they appeared to have glued their collective feet in quicksand and were rapidly sinking at 50 for 5 after 13 overs. Then the famous champions’ survival instincts kicked in. Kycia Knight nudged the total to 106 with an all-energy 24-ball 32. But the Asian champions were still in with more than half-a-chance to create another uproar in a tournament that’s begun on the highest gear.
Given that 80 overs had already been bowled on the day before these two teams got here for their Group A encounter, the pitch had become less conducive for hitting through the line – as evidenced by multiple Windies batters getting caught in the ‘V’. To add to the bowling skew, both sides found appreciable swing under the lights, with Shakera Selman particularly impressive in setting the tone for Dottin’s heroics with her opening burst.
If the Providence Stadium was shocked into silence and gasps of disbelief in the first innings, it found its collective voice to match the tunes of Selman. The Windies seamer had opener Shamina Sultana caught at mid-wicket and then proceeded to bowl a sequence of outswingers at No.3 Jahanara Alam, with each play-and-miss contributing to a rise in the decibel levels. It was a game of two halves for Jahanara, who after setting up the game with her impressive 3 for 23, struggled for a follow-up act with the bat. She played 15 dots out of 17, with nine of those deliveries going past her waft attempts. Off the 18th, she found Stefanie Taylor at mid-off attempting a get-out-of-jail shot.
Selman finished her four-over spell with figures of 2 for 12. After eight overs in the chase, Bangladesh had a mere 28 runs and were down three wickets. Enter Dottin. With her second delivery she had Fargana Hoque top-edging a pull off a surprise short-ball on this sluggish wicket. Off the fourth, she explored a much fuller length and rearranged Nigar Sultana’s stumps. In her next over, she repeated her two-peat, bowling Rumana Ahmed and Lata Mondal. After a wicketless third over, she bowled Salma Khatun off the first ball of her final over to become the fourth player to record a five-wicket haul in Women’s World T20. A couple of deliveries later, the last Bangladesh batter ran herself out to end the ignominy.
It was a dismal batting performance from the rapidly-improving Bangladesh, who’d lived up to their growing reputation in Women’s T20 circles with an energetic bowling performance earlier in the evening. The Asian champions were armed with a quartet of spinners that had made scoring ever-so difficult for the Windies on a tired pitch. Jahanara’s strikes off successive deliveries – to dismiss Hayley Matthews and Dottin – was followed by a disciplined effort from the spinners led by the wily Rumana Ahmed (2 for 16). Taylor (29 off 44) had to shun her exuberance to prevent a complete freefall. It was this experience, of understanding conditions and match situation, that helped Windies turn around a tricky corner.
Brief scores: Windies 106/8 in 20 overs (Kycia Knight 32, Stefanie Taylor 29; Jahanara Alam 3-23, Rumana Ahmed 2-16) beat Bangladesh 46 in 14.4 overs (Deandra Dottin 5-6, Shakera Selman 2-12) by 60 runs.