Windies girls simply the best!
Dhaka, Bangladesh -- West Indies were crowned as champions of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, after defeating Pakistan by 130 runs on Saturday.
By virtue of winning the tournament, West Indies have risen in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings – West Indies now sit fifth in the world while Pakistan has risen from eighth to now occupy sixth place.
ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor was named Player of the Tournament. Taylor was the highest run-scorer in the tournament after the 20-year-old from Jamaica amassed 325 runs at an average of 81.25, she also claimed 10 wickets at an average of 9.30.
West Indies batter Deandra Dottin’s 95 runs helped the side to a large total, while Anisa Mohammed proved to be the key spinner of the day claiming seven wickets for 14 runs, Mohammed was named Player of the Final.
At Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Merissa Aguilleira won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan. West Indies opening duo, Taylor and Juliana Nero, got things going at a quick pace with the pair making 45 in the first 10 overs, but Taylor departed as the ninth over was drawing to its end after she was clean bowled by Pakistan vice-captain Bismah Maroof.
A spectacular 95 from Deandra Dottin, saw the young all-rounder from Barbados smash seven sixes, four of them in one over, to help the West Indies to a hefty total of 250 after Juliana Nero had steadied the West Indies batting line up with Taylor and Shanel Daley departing for 32 and 20 respectively.
Dottin played some amazing strokes, much to the delight of the crowd. She was assisted by Nero, Aguilleira and Stacy-Ann King, the latter providing a lovely cameo with the bat once again. Dottin departed after trying to hit a six off Bismah and was promptly caught by Nain Abidi.
In reply, Pakistan took its time to get proceedings underway, losing an early wicket in Nida Dar, the 24-year-old promoted up the order to open today departed for just two runs after Daley trapped her leg-before.
Mohammed then combined with Taylor to spin the Pakistanis out of a chance of reaching the 251 target. Thereafter Mohammed ripped through Pakistan’s batting line-up to remove Qanita Jalil, the top-scorer of the Pakistan side.
Mohammed then worked her magic through the middle-order removing Sana, Bismah Maroof, Nain Abidi, Asmavia Iqbal and the entire lower order to complete the day with figures of 8.2-1-14-7, it is the 23-year-old’s best bowling in an ODI to date and the best in the history of West Indies women's cricket.
A delighted Aguilleira said: “It is truly fantastic to walk away with the tournament trophy and undefeated at that and to also know we have improved on the global rankings.
“It’s been a brilliant event, with some competitive cricket played – I’m extremely happy with the team effort, we have been consistent out there and it has paid off.”
Player of the Match, Mohammed added: “It’s been great to play here in the sub-continent where the wickets are good for spin. I had hoped to take five wickets in the final but to walk away with seven wickets, I’m thrilled and to have helped the side to winning the final too.”
Player of the Tournament, and current ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, Taylor commented on her award: “I came into this event wanting to score 500 runs, so I’m a little disappointed to have fallen short of the mark – I need to go back to Jamaica and work on my batting to get even better.
“I’m thrilled to have received the Player of the Tournament trophy, but it was very much a team effort throughout the event and I’m happy we’ve walked away with the trophy and an improved global ranking too.”
Pakistan captain, Sana was disappointed with the loss but admitted West Indies were the better side on the day. “We know we can play better cricket than we did today, but that being said, credit must go to the West Indies team who played a superb all-round game.
“We’re pleased we have qualified for both the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and the ICC Women’s World Cup, plus we have gone up in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings from eighth to sixth which I am thrilled about.”