Home Sports Windies Women seeking to bounce back in 2nd T20 against England
The West Indies Women certainly did not live up to the hype of the usual West Indian flamboyance when they took to the field against England in the first T20.
Sure, they came back in the bowling department with a few quick wickets to put their opponents on the back foot; but what was it for? They still somehow managed to be put under the gun, despite an exciting 69 from Deandra Dottin, which was the only highlight for the women. No other player could rally around her, and, in the end, the Caribbean women ran out of balls and wickets.
Nevertheless, they will be seeking to regain their form when they tackle England today at 13:00 hrs at County Ground, Derby, England.
However, the Windies women can learn from their mistakes and correct them. After losing by 47 runs, it is rather clear that they will be eager to bag their first win and level the five-match series. In their defence, COVID-19 could be a factor, as they were out of training for months, as compared to their female counterparts, but with a feel of game one, the best is yet to come. Hence, it is expected that match two would definitely be more competitive.
England openers started off the summer with a good 43-run partnership in the powerplay. Tammy Beaumont continued the charge, despite the wickets falling at the other end, to score 62 runs. Heather Knight (25 runs) and Amy Ellan Jones (24 runs) scored crucial runs to finish their innings with a flourish.
Nat Sciver and Sophie Ecclestone each picked up 2 wickets, while Sarah Glenn chipped in with a wicket in the match. Katherine Brunt bowled superbly to have match figures of 4-1-8-0.
Tammy Beaumont scored 62 runs opening the batting, and shared vital partnerships with Wyatt & Heather Knight.
Natalie Sciver had superb bowling figures of 4-0-16-2 in match 1, but she failed to make a mark with the bat, as she scored just 7 runs. We expect her to make an all-round performance in match 2.
The West Indies batting unit scored just 116 runs in their 20 overs, and never threatened the chase. Deandra Dottin scored 69 runs off 59 balls, while the others combined to make just 30 runs off their 61 balls. No player crossed the two-digit mark, barring Deandra Dottin.
Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell shared 4 wickets between them, and had runs scored in their bowling at less than 7 per over despite bowling in the power play and death overs. Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor picked up 3 & 2 wickets respectively, but had runs scored off their bowling at more than 8 per over. The Windies’ fifth bowling option of Afy Fletcher and Aaliyah Alleyne went for 50 runs in their 5 overs.
Expected to perform in match 2
Deandra Dottin scored almost 70% of her team’s runs, excluding the extras. She smashed 6 boundaries and 2 sixes while other players from her team scored just 2 boundaries.
Shakera Selman had bowling figures of 4-0-26-3, and she picked up three crucial top order wickets in the match. She will play a big role with the ball in match 2 as well.
In all honesty, hands down, England are the superior team, as they have the stronger unit and they are playing on home turf. However, the Windies women should not be counted out, as they can bring the fire and turn the tables at any given moment.