England v West Indies, Women's World T20, Sylhet March 24, 2014

Taylor, Dottin star in tense WI win

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies Women 133 for 7 (Taylor 56, Kycia Knight 43, Sciver 3-18) beat England Women 124 for 9 (Edwards 44, Dottin 4-12) by nine runs

West Indies Women relied on performances from their two star players - Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin - to make a winning start to their Women's World T20 campaign, beating England Women by nine runs.

Chasing West Indies' modest target of 134, England were comfortable at 63 for 2, their start powered by their captain Charlotte Edwards. However Dottin, who had failed with the bat earlier in the match, struck in each of her four overs, to break the back of England's middle order. Her pace bowling accounted for Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont, Edwards and Jenny Gunn as she finished with career-best figures of 4 for 12.

England needed 18 runs off the final over but two wickets, including Anya Shrubsole's run-out, negated any possibility of a surprise win.

Earlier, West Indies had been restricted to 133 for 7 despite a brisk start from openers Kycia Knight and Taylor. The pair added 87 runs in 12.3 overs but Knight's wicket sparked off a slide that soon had West Indies struggling at 116 for 5, in spite of Taylor's 45-ball 56. Sciver took 3 for 18 in her three overs, while Shrubsole picked up 2 for 25.

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  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Good Job Ladies .You made the West Indies proud .keep up the excellent efforts and hard work reward must follow!

  • John on March 25, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    ISTR Deandra Dottin hit a century off 38 balls (I think) when she was a teenager. Chris Gayle took only 30, but he's a lot bigger.

  • ESPN on March 25, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    At least we can count on our ladies playing with pride !

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Great!! Keep it up everybody is expecting you to shoulder responsibility unlike the whimpering men who had been shamed by the Indians.

  • o on March 24, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    @JG2704 I think W.I are the favourites in T20 look at this score and Dottin didn't even make runs, she's the Chris Gayle of the women's game although even more destructive as their is no one remotely close to matching her destruction in women's cricket.

  • John on March 24, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    disappointing start from England - congrats WI.

    I'd guess Australia and Eng would have been pre tourn favourites and both have lost their 1st matches

  • Android on March 24, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Congrats ladies hope the men follow

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