Deandra Dottin said her aim was to bat through the West Indies innings especially after prolific captain Stafanie Taylor fell cheaply in the opening One-Day International against Pakistan there on Monday.
West Indies beat the hosts by 45 runs after racking up 253 for eight off their 50 overs at the National Stadium, with the 30-year-old Dottin hitting a career-best 132 at the top of the order.
Her opening partner Rashada Williams fell cheaply for 15 in the 12th over and Taylor followed for six in the 18th over but Dottin engineered a 119-run, third wicket stand with fellow Barbadian all-rounder Hayley Matthews (57) to allow West Indies to take command of the game.
Dottin made a watchful start to her innings, facing a maiden off the first over of the match from seamer Fatima Sana, but got into stride with consecutive boundaries of the first two deliveries of the third over from the same bowler before racing to her half-century off 55 balls in the 18th over
She then celebrated with a couple of fours off pacer Aliya Riaz in the 21st over before smashing left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu for two sixes in the 26th over, as she marched to her second ODI hundred.
West Indies arrived here last week for the three-match series which sees fixtures scheduled for Thursday and Sunday, and serves as preparation for the ICC World Cup qualifiers starting later this month in Zimbabwe.
And Dottin pointed out that with the brevity of the series, making a quick adjustment to the new conditions had proven challenging.
“It was hot, yes, but it was just a matter of me not acclimatizing [quickly enough] in terms of getting sleep and stuff like that but I guess I’ll get over it.,” she said.
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