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Dottin, Taylor star in WI win

West Indies opened their account in ICC Women’s World Twenty20 with a seven-wicket win over a formidable New Zealand side in a Group B encounter on Wednesday. Chasing 118, the West Indies were in trouble at five for two in two overs, with Tremayne Smartt and Shanel Daley both dismissed for ducks. It took the calm influence of Stafanie Taylor to steady the innings and bring some direction and purpose to the chase.

Taylor, who recently won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award, proved why she is considered one of the best in the game. She stitched together a crucial 82-run stand for the third wicket with Deandra Dottin, before being trapped for 35 by Sophie Devine.

However, Dottin didn’t lose her focus, and she soon brought up her fifth T20I fifty off just 36 balls. She struck six fours and two sixes to finish on 58 not out as her side achieved victory with seven wickets and 12 balls to spare. Earlier, West Indies restricted New Zealand to 117 for nine in 20 overs, thanks to some outstanding ground fielding and catching.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 117/9 in 20 overs (Suzie Bates 32, Anisa 2/17, Taylor 2-29); West Indies: 118/3 in 18 overs (Dottin 58 not out, Taylor 35, Erin 2/18).    
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