Deandra Dottin emphatically announced her return to international cricket with a scintillating unbeaten half-century as the West Indies women whipped Australia by 16 runs in their second and final warm-up game yesterday.
Playing at the Krira Shikkha Protisthan No 3 Ground, West Indies tallied a competitive 144 for three off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Dottin smashing 78 from 48 balls.
In reply, Australia lost early wickets and were never really in the hunt, finishing on 128 for seven, with off-spinner Anisa Mohammed picking up three for 25 and left-armer Shanel Daley claiming two for ten.
While the second successive warm-up victory was key for team morale, Dottin’s display of top form would have been more significant. She was suspended for the recent tour of New Zealand on disciplinary grounds and West Indies struggled without her, losing the one-day series 3-0 and the five-match T20 series, 4-0.
Only last October, the regional side trounced England and New Zealand in the Tri-Nation Series in Barbados, with Dottin emerging as Player-of-the-Series.
In her first match back on Tuesday, Dottin managed just six against South Africa but showed she had lost none of her aggressive touch on Friday, as she blasted 12 fours and two sixes.
West Indies lost Natasha McLean (seven) and Kycia Knight (18) to slip to 30 for two in the sixth over before Dottin came to their rescue. She was at the foundation of two partnerships, adding 64 for the third wicket with Kyshona Knight who scored 21, and a further 50 off just 29 balls for the fourth wicket with Stafanie Taylor (11 not out).
West Indies bowlers then struck early when Daley trapped Elyse Villani lbw without scoring in the first over, with the score on five.
Delissa Kimmince, who top scored with 26 off 31 balls, led a slow Australia recovery which was then stalled in the fifth over when Mohammed claimed captain Meg Lanning for 16, at 31 for two.
WEST INDIES INNS
Kycia A Knight b Perry 18
N McLean c Healy b Jonassen 7
Kyshona A Knight stpd wkpr Mooney b Jonassen 21
D Dottin not out 78
S Taylor not out 11
Extras (B2, LB4, W3) 9
TOTAL (for three wickets, 20 overs) 144
Did not bat: T.Smartt, S.Munroe, S.King, S.Campbelle, S.Quintyne, C.Henry, A.Mohammed, S.Selman, S.Daley, M.Aguilleira
Wickets at: 1-15 (McLean), 2-30 (Kycia Knight), 3-94 (Kyshona Knight)
Bowling: Jonassen 4-1-24-2, Hunter 3-0-21-0, Osborne 2-0-5-0, Perry 4-0-26-1, Coyte 2-0-19-0, Farrell 3-0-17-0, Ferling 2-0-26-0.
D Kimmince stpd wkpr Aguilleira b Mohammed 26
E Villani lbw b Daley 0
M Lanning c Daley b Mohammed 16
J Cameron stpd wkpr Aguilleira b Daley 18
A Blackwell ret. out 23
E Perry c Kyshona A Knight b Mohammed 5
A Healy c & b Dottin 16
J Jonassen not out 13
R Farrell not out 4
Extras (B1, LB2, W3, NB1) 7
TOTAL (for seven wickets, 20 overs) 128
Did not bat: N.Bolton, H.Ferling, J.Hunter, S.Coyte, E.Osborne, B.Mooney.
Wickets at: 5 (Villani), 31 (Lanning), 56 (Cameron), 77 (Kimmince), 87 (Perry), 107 (Blackwell), 119 (Healy)
Bowling: Daley 3-0-10-2, Smartt 3-0-24-0, Quintyne 3-0-17-0, Selman 4-0-23-0, Mohammed 4-0-25-3, Munroe 2-0-22-0, Dottin1-0-4-1.
Result: West Indies Women won by 16 runs.
Umpires: Enamul Haque, Sharfuddoula.