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October 16, 2010
West Indies women 85 for 2 (Dottin 39) beat Sri Lanka women 83 for 9 by eight wickets
Audio/Video: A look back at the inaugural Women's T20 challenge
Players/Officials: Deandra Dottin
Series/Tournaments: ICC Women's Cricket Twenty20 Challenge
West Indies completed a dominant showing in the Twenty20 leg of the tournament by crushing Sri Lanka in the final with more than nine overs to spare. A series of run-outs undermined Sri Lanka's batting and they lurched to a measly 83 after choosing to bat. West Indies' strong batting had few problems knocking off those runs, with Deandra Dottin's boundary-laden 39 guiding the chase.
Sri Lanka's troubles started in the first over of the match, when opener Inoka Galagedara was bowled for a duck but the other opener Chamari Polgampola helped them to a respectable 48 for 2. Things then fell apart for Sri Lanka, four wickets going down for six runs.No. 6 Dilani Manodara made a patient 19 but with the five batsmen following combining for just 10 runs, West Indies had little to worry about.
With such a small total on board, the only chance for Sri Lanka to snatch the title was to bowl out West Indies but the openers, Stafanie Taylor and Juliana Nero, belted 27 runs in the first three overs. Then Dottin smashed five fours and two sixes - the only ones of the match - to ensure the game ended in a hurry.
West Indies coach Sherwin Campbell was delighted with the win: "This is our favourite format of the game, the team seem to take to it very easily and I am happy they could produce a win today."
It completes a satisfying series for West Indies who besides being Twenty20 champions also finished runners-up in the one-day leg earlier in the week.
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