West Indies Women’s all-rounder Deandra Dottin believes the team’s batters will have to step up their game if they are to defeat England in their crucial ICC T20 World Cup match on Thursday.
The West Indies have two wins from two starts so far in the competition. In their last match on Saturday the Windies beat Bangladesh by 49 runs. Dottin took 2 for 17 as the West Indies bowled out their rivals for just 99. Dottin made a duck in the West Indies’ total of 148.
In their opening match against Pakistan on March 16, Dottin made 24 in the West Indies total of 103 for 8 and took one for seven as her team restricted Pakistan to 99 for 5 to win by four runs. Dottin also bowled the crucial last over from which Bangladesh needed 12 runs to win.
However, England will prove to be their toughest opponents to date and Dottin knows the team will have to do better with both bat and ball if they are to emerge victorious.
“Our batting has not been the best over the first two games. It is getting there but there is still room for improvement, but our batting needs to be clicking at that time,” she said.
Notwithstanding the relatively indifferent batting, Dottin said the two wins from two starts have given the team a boost in their collective confidence. As for her own performance with the bat, Dottin explained that her time would come to get big scores.
“I feel good, not minding that I haven’t had a big score as yet, but I still have confidence and I have other games coming up,” she said.
Dottin is also feeling good about her bowling. She said the pitches have been flat so she has been using her slower balls and variations to good effect. Her three wickets for 21 runs over the two matches so far have been testament to her success.
Meanwhile, fellow Barbadian and all-rounder Hayley Matthews described their win over Bangladesh on Sunday as important preparation for the tougher fixtures against England and India.
“I think that it was important for the team especially knowing we have two hard games coming up versus England and India to secure a second round in the tournament,” she said.
“It would definitely be a challenge, different conditions and so on. Obviously England are one of the better teams in the tournament so we are just looking to hopefully get a win against them which would really give the girls a lot of confidence going on to the India game,” she added.
Matthews hit the top score of 41 as West Indies posted a competitive 148 for four from their allocation of 20 overs, after choosing to bat against Bangladesh.
The 18-year-old faced 42 balls and struck four fours while teaming up with her skipper Stafanie Taylor to compile 67 off 70 balls for the first wicket. For Matthews it was a return to some semblance of form after a slow start in India.
“I was not in too much form coming over here and I didn’t really get a good spell in a warm-up game. So I was pretty happy to get some runs . . .,” she said.
Matthews also said she was pleased with her success so far with the ball.
“I have been doing a lot of work on my bowling recently so I am glad to see some progress in that area . . . not only with the bat.
“It’s really good to start the tournament off with two wins especially after losing the series to South Africa. So we are just really looking to continue that form,” Matthews said.