Deandra Dottin came into the Women's World Twenty20 with the reputation of a big hitter. She failed with the bat yesterday, but she more than made up for it with the ball as West Indies successfully defended a decent total of 133 against pre-tournament favourites England in the first Group B match of the tournament at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Dottin took four wickets for 12 including the precious scalp of England skipper Charlotte Edwards (44) and ran out dangerous-looking Sarah Taylor (17) with a direct hit from the deep to stifle England for 124.
Earlier, an 87-run opening partnership between Stefanie Taylor (56) and Kycia Knight (43) had laid the platform for the West Indies innings.
In the second match of the day, Sri Lanka defeated India by 22 runs. Riding on a 43 from opener Atapattu Jayangini, the Lankans posted 128 for eight before restricting India to 106 for nine, thanks to two wickets each from spinners Maduri Samuddika and Inoka Ranaweera.
Eshani Lokusuriyage was the second highest for Sri Lanka with a 29-ball 34. She struck four boundaries, one less than Jayangini, who scored her runs from 44 balls.
The Indian innings never took off as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Shikha Pandey scored team-highest 22 off 19 balls with the help of two fours. She was supported for a brief period by Harman Preet Kaur, who scored a run-a-ball 17.