West Indies beat New Zealand by three runs in the Women’s ODI World Cup opening at the Bay Oval on Friday. All credits to Deandra Dottin exquisite last over. Which complemented Hayley Matthews’ spectacular century knock.
After a last-over breakdown, New Zealand Women got off to the worst possible start to a home World Cup, losing their first match to West Indies. The White Ferns, as New Zealand’s women’s cricket team is known, had done a good job of chasing down 260 runs until they lost their way in the final over. After 49 overs, the hosts were on 254/7, needing just six runs to win, with the well-matched combination of Katey Martin and Jess Ker looking excellent to complete the task.Unfortunately they lost the match by three runs.
The Last Over Drama
Deandra Dottin, a West Indian bowler, retained her cool and bowled a fantastic last over. On the opening delivery, Dottin let up a single and then trapped Martin LBW with a yorker. She gave up another single on the next ball before provoking a faulty shot from Kerr, putting the Windies in a position to win. The final couple panicked with four runs needed off the last two deliveries, resulting in a run out, giving West Indies a tight victory.
Agony for New Zealand team continues
The New Zealand dugout was in disbelief, with almost all of the players placing their hands on their heads after losing a game that they should have comfortably won.
With the loss in the first match they will look forward to giving their best in upcoming matches but West Indies with a great win are confident in the entire tournament of ICC Women’s world Cup.
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