This day That year: Deandra Dottin became first women to score a century in T20Is

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Deandra Dottin became the first woman to score a century in T20Is during the 1st match of the ICC Women’s World T20 Group A game against South Africa at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts on 5th May 2010.

In this match, South African captain C Brits won the toss and decided to field first. It was not an ideal start for the West Indies team as they lost 4 quick wickets at the score of 52 in the 10th over. Dottin looked in aggressive touch right from word go and put the pressure on the South African bowlers. The experienced batter showed her hitting abilities to reach her fifty off just 25 balls with a boundary.

Dottin never looked back and hit 4 sixes in an over off Van der Westhuizen in 17th over.  She took the South African bowlers to cleaners and completed her century off 38 balls and continued her attacking approach. The other West Indies batters struggled to score runs. Thanks to Dottin brilliant 112* off 45 balls, West Indies posted 175 for 5 in 20 overs. During that knock, the hard-hitting batter hit 7 fours and 9 sixes. She contributed with the ball picking 1 for 20 in 3 overs. With the ball, she took 1 for 20 in 3 overs.

For her superb all-round performance, Dottin was awarded the player of the match. She holds the record of the fastest century in women’s T20Is.

Dottin made her T20I debut for West Indies against Ireland on 27th June 2008. She played a total of 113 matches (111 innings) and scored 2380 runs with the best score of 112*. In her T20I career, the all-rounder scored so far 2 centuries and 10 half-centuries. Her second T20I century came against Sri Lanka in which she scored 112 off 67 balls at Coolidge Cricket Ground, St George, Antigua, and Barbuda on 22nd October 2017.

She has been a backbone of West Indies cricket with the ball with 59 wickets from 113 matches (61 innings) with the best figures of 5/5.

In the recently concluded World T20 this year played in Australia, Dottin scored 9, 1, and 2 which resulted in West Indies being knocked out in the first round.

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