Perry wins the Dottin battle

Once the Australian all-rounder had sent back the Windies enforcer, the floodgates opened.
Ellyse Perry was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 47.

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The Australia Women bowlers had done well to dry up the runs in the Windies Women innings in the team’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 opener on Monday, but with Deandra Dottin and Sarah Taylor at the crease, the scoring rate had gone beyond a run per over for the partnership.

Then, the Ellyse Perry v Dottin match-up provided one of the most intriguing passages of the game at County Ground, Taunton.

Perry, who had pulled things back after an expensive opening over, was on her eighth over of the day. In Perry’s seventh, Dottin had already greeted her back into the attack with a four off a full-toss. The batter was allowed nothing more for the next five balls, but when the bowler returned to send down the 37th over, she was dispatched for two consecutive fours over the mid-wicket region. A rising delivery was pulled before a full-toss met the same fate with a wristy shot.

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WICKET: Deandra Dottin falls to Ellyse Perry for 29

Yet, Perry came back in the strongest way possible. She got a length ball to swing in beautifully; and before Dottin realised, her off stump was sent clean off the ground.

That wicket to break a dangerous stand opened the floodgates for Windies, and hurt its chances of putting up a competitive score. It was bowled out for 204, which Australia chased down with eight wickets to spare.

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