Rewind: Deandra Dottin becomes first woman to score Century in Women’s T20

In the times of a global lockdown, the world seems to have taken a pause. People are going into the past in their bids to relive the past and are wondering if the days will ever be back. Cricket is not left untouched but seems to have a great hit. Nonetheless, sixes and hattricks from the legends of the past have made people relive their favorite cricket memories.

Deandra Dottin. Pic Credits: Getty Images
Deandra Dottin. Pic Credits: Getty Images

In a list of such great moments, the female game on 5th May recalls the first ton that came out of a woman in the shortest format of the game. It was the summer of 2010, and Dottin had the sun shining for her stars. It was her day to get the First century in a Women’s T20 match. The stage, being Women’s World Twenty20, was cherry on the cake. With a magnificent 112 off 45 balls, Dottin got her team on the driving seat against the Proteas.

Dottin made her debut in 2008, and her outings have been dominated by recent surgery. She could not play the game for eight months and was seen only in the Windies side for the recent T20 world cup. Her recent scores don’t do justice to her abilities. The skipper of the opposition would narrate it better. She alongside Matthews, Taylor were the threats that could get the other side thinking. Dottin still remains one of the cleanest and brutal hitters of the cricket ball.

For Windies, her numbers describe the worth. She has a batting average of over 25, and with the ball, it is 18. These numbers are impressive in T20Is. Her biggest show for brutal power came two years post her debut. It was the opener for the T20 world cup in Basseterre. Windies were taking on South Africa. The score after 10 overs showed Proteas leading in the game with West Indies around 60 for the loss of 4 wickets. Dottin walked out and knew that she had to deliver for her side to get a winning total. As reported by Cricket World, it was ‘do or die’ for her.

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She had her way clear from the start and got a half-century off 25 balls. She had three sixes and four fours by then. In one of the destructive batting spells, her next 50 came in thunderous 13 deliveries. Interestingly, it was a Caribbean batter who got the first T20 century in men’s cricket. Universe Boss got his century back in 2007, and for the bad luck of South African players, they were at the receiving ends both the times.

Dottin finished with 112 off 45. Her fireworks had nine sixes and seven boundaries. After the match, she said that she feels good to be the first woman to score a ton and take her team home. She added that Windies had placed themselves right into the favorites. The century came a year after the record of the fastest half-century in T20Is. It was Dottin again. In the 2009 World Twenty20, she got a half-century in just 22 balls. She was a vital player for the Windies side that got the trophy in 2016. It has been a decade and Dottin is still ready with her services to Cricket.

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