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2017 ICC Women’s World Cup: This Is Why Deandra Dottin Wears A Face Mask

The Story:

West Indies’ star Deandra Dottin turned up with her usual protective facial mask in her team’s World Cup opener against  Australia at Taunton. Well, this was not the first time that the all-rounder was wearing the mask but given the global reach of the tournament, her protective gear had the fans thinking why was she wearing it.

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The Reason:

The reason behind the all-rounder sporting the facial mask on the cricket field is that she had suffered multiple fractures on her cheekbone during a match in the 2nd edition of Women’s Big Bash League earlier this year. Representing the Brisbane Heat against Melbourne Stars, she had suffered a sickening collision with teammate Laura Harris and it had left her with a badly fractured cheekbone which required surgery and the insertion of several titanium plates.

Here is a clip of that collision:

But the West Indies, who holds the record of the fastest international T20 century in either men’s or women’s cricket, made a remarkable return to the cricket field in the same tournament. She scored a quickfire 51 in addition to a three-wicket super over after scores were tied to propel the Heat to the semifinal.

West Indies Off To A Disappointing Start:

The reigning T20 world champions began their 50-over World Cup campaign on a poor note, losing their tournament opener against defending champions Australia by eight wickets.

Batting first, West Indies managed to score 205 in 47.5 overs with only four of their players crossing the double-digit mark with Deandra playing a quickfire knock of 29 from 20 balls. In reply, Australia rode on Nicole Bolton’s century and Beth Mooney’s 70 to chase down the total with utmost ease in the 39th over.

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