Dottin Drives West Indies To Series Victory

Dottin Drives West Indies To Series Victory
Dottin Drives West Indies To Series Victory
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West Indies Women 181-7 (Dottin 63) beat
India Women 180-7 by three wickets
Third One-Day International, Saint Kitts

West Indies Women claimed a 2-1 series victory over India Women after a last-ditch three-wicket victory in the third and final One-Day International in Saint Kitts.

After India posted 180 for seven, Deandra Dottin's 63 helped the West Indies close on 181 for seven with three balls to spare.

The series win came after they lost the opening game and wrapped up a double after they also won the Twenty20 International series 3-2.

Batting first, India's batters struggled against the disciplined West Indian bowlers, for whom Stafanie Taylor was outstanding on her way to figures of four for 21.

Shakera Salmen, Shanel Daley and Anisa Mohammed took a wicket apiece as only Harmanpreet Kaur, who scored 55, produced an innings of substance with the bat.

India's bowlers were also impressive, however, and an early brace from Gouher Sultana put the West Indies under pressure, much of which was relieved as Dottin hit six fours and a six, putting on 80 for the fourth wicket with captain Merissa Aguillera, who scored 26.

As further wickets fell, the match was in the balance but in the end Shemaine Campbelle (14 not out) and Mohammed (6 not out) kept their heads to guide the home team to victory.

"The team spirit is amazing," Dottin said after the game. "Even when the heat is on, we never panic, we never stress.

"When I went in we were under a bit of pressure. There was a lot of tension out there as we had to win the match to win the series. We didn’t want India to get this one. We had to do all we could to pull this one off.

"I promised the others that I would ‘go for it’. Merissa played really well and when we were together at the crease, we kept talking and started to count down the target in fives. We wanted to be there until the end.

"We both got out, but we never lost hope. We are a strong team and we knew the others coming after us would take care of this for us."

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