Dottin's century sees West Indies to second win
The mercurial Deandra Dottin stroked an aggressive maiden one-day hundred as West Indies Women produced their best performance of an otherwise disappointing campaign, with a 19-run win over Pakistan Women in the ICC Women's World Cup yesterday.
Sent in at Grace Road in their sixth game of the tournament, West Indies rattled up an authoritative 285 for four off their 50 overs with the right-handed Dottin smashing an unbeaten 104 off just 76 balls.
Captain Stafanie Taylor missed out on a sixth career hundred when she perished for 90, while Chedean Nation scored 35 and Merissa Aguilleira, 24 not out.
Seamer Asmavia Iqbal led Pakistan with two for 76.
Rain during the break forced Pakistan to chase a revised target of 245 off 38 overs, but when the adverse weather returned, they had reached only 117 for three off 24 overs short of the par score of 136.
Javeria Khan top-scored with an unbeaten 58 off 72 balls while opener Nahida Khan made 40 from 46 deliveries.
Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed was once again at the forefront of the Windies attack, taking two for 21 from her four overs.
The victory was the Caribbean side's second on the trot following last Sunday's 47-run win over Sri Lanka Women in Derby, which broke a sequence of four successive defeats.
However, it was Dottin who took centre stage, striking the fastest-ever hundred by a West Indies batsman off just 71 balls and the first triple-figure score for her side in four years.
No such enterprise was envisioned when Asmavia removed both openers cheaply to leave the Windies struggling on 26 for two in the fifth over.
Teenager Hayley Matthews got a leading edge back to the right-armer in the very first over to depart for one with two runs on the board while the left-handed Kycia Knight tickled a catch behind for 17 off 13 balls.
Taylor and Nation then steadied the innings in a sensible 87-run, third wicket stand which established the platform for Dottin's later assault.
The right-handed Taylor was classy in striking 11 pristine fours comprising mostly cuts and off-side drives along with a six off 107 balls, while Nation faced 68 balls and counted five fours.
Approaching the halfway stage of the innings, the right-handed Nation was bowled, missing a sweep at left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu with the Windies on 113 for three in the 25th over.
Dottin then joined Taylor and dominated their 91-run, fourth wicket stand, leading a devastating assault on the Pakistan attack.
All told, the 26-year-old Dottin counted 12 fours and three sixes a combination of impetuous off-side strokes and wristy leg-side shots.