Deandra Dottin3by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, October 29, 2015 – Led by an all-round performance from Deandra Dottin, West Indies Women took a 1-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Pakistan Women here on Thursday.

Dottin took two for 10 off two overs in restricting the visitors to 74 for nine and then struck an unbeaten 38 to lead the regional side to victory in the first of three T20Is at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s.

Earlier, West Indies Women won the toss and decided to field in sunny conditions. The decision paid off early when Pakistan Women lost openers Javeira Khan (1) and Ayesha Zafar (1) for only eight runs and then found themselves struggling at 24 for five after eight overs.

A sixth-wicket stand of 34 between Aliya Riaz and Nida Dar avoided further humiliation for the Pakistanis.

Riaz (16), Dar (14) and Iram Javed (13) were the only batters to get into double figures for Pakistan Women with Dottin (2-10) and Tremayne Smartt (2-13 off four overs) leading the bowling for the home

Deandra Dottin/WICB Media

Deandra Dottin/WICB Media

side. There was a wicket each for Hayley Matthews (1-5), Stacy King (1-7) and Shamilia Connell (1-10). Anisa Mohammed and Afy Fletcher went wicketless for 10 and 17 runs respectively.

West Indies Women had a solid start and openers Matthews (9) and captain Stafanie Taylor kept the scoring ticking until they departed in the fourth and fifth overs respectively.

Dottin and Merissa Aguilleira came together to take the West Indies Women to victory. Dottin’s 38 came off 40 balls which included three fours and a six while Aguilleira added 15 off 27 balls to take their side to 78 for two off 16.2 overs.

There was a wicket each for Anam Amin (1-12) and Riaz (1-21).

The second T20I will be played at the same venue on Saturday with the third and final match in the series on Sunday.

SUMMARISED SCORES:

Pakistan Women 74/9 (20 ov)

West Indies Women 78/2 (16.2/20 ov)

West Indies Women won by 8 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)

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