"It's good to win close games" says Windies' Deandra Dottin

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Deandra Dottin in action. ©ICC

The last day of the group league matches of World T20 showed some good intensity matches. West Indies won a thriller match against England.

After the match, all-rounder Deandra Dottin said, "I think we had a lot of nerves. We have that never-die attitude and going into this match and coming out of it as well. I'm feeling very good, having the top of the group, which that's what we were working hard for and we wanted to do. But at the end of the day doesn't matter who we play, we still have to get the job done."

West Indies were in trouble when they lost two early wickets (Matthews and Taylor). Dottin, along with Shemaine Campbell, tried to resurrect the innings. "Well, my partner Shemaine Campbell, the discussion was to build a partnership and stay there until the end. I just want to commend her on the inning she played as well. It was a crucial inning she played. And that helped the whole game as well."

The match was a close finish. While talking about that, Dottin said, "Well, it's good to win close games because -- to know how it feels, but the tension was -- it wasn't really any tension on our side. We just had the support so the girls were pretty good."

On the fielding front, she said, "I think, a little bit more composure potentially would have got us over the line. But like I say, I can't question the girls' fight and actually to stay in the game like that under that sort of pressure, the crowd and the support for the West Indies was really pleasing."

While Windies will face Australia, England will play against India in the semi-final. While talking about whether it's a relief not to face Australia in the semifinal, England captain Heather Knight said, "Not at all. You can see from the disappointment on our faces from losing that game, we were obviously desperate to win. You want to take as much momentum as you can into those semifinals. I think we've been playing very good cricket as well. Whoever we play, whoever we face in the semifinal, we'll have to play very well to beat. No, I don't really mind who we're playing. But, yeah, we've got a few things we need to sharpen up on and obviously that massive game, we're going to prepare as well as we can to face India."

In this era of T20 cricket, Knight expressed, "I think we were in the game with the score we got. I think ideally we would sort of have another 10, 15 runs and it probably potentially would have been out of the West Indies reach, would have made it a lost closer. Yeah, and few more, one of the top five, if they bat through, then that's going to get us up to that title."

"But on that wicket, it was quite tricky to bat. It was quite up and down a few times, some sort of skidded on. It wasn't the easiest wicket to get a big score. But I think another 10, 15 runs would have been about par." she further added.

While talking about Anya Shrubsole's performances. she said, "I think Anya will be pretty happy to go under the radar. She's a very humble individual that just goes about her business. But she's been outstanding for us this trip, the way she's swung out front. Obviously, you saw how fast she was in the first day, taking those first two wickets putting the West Indies on their backs straightaway, and the lengths she's bowled on these wickets has been brilliant. She's adapted her game outstandingly. I love watching her bat as well."