ICC Womens World T20 Australia vs West Indies
Australia 142-5 (20 overs): Healy 46, Lanning 31, Haynes 25no
West Indies 71 (17.2 overs): Perry 2-2, Gardner 2-15, Kimmince 2-17
Australia won by 71 runs
ICC Womens World T20 Australia vs West Indies match highlights – Australia trash West Indies to reach final
- Australia defeated defending champions West Indies by 71 runs
- They dismissed West Indies by 71 runs in 17.2 overs before scoring 142 batting first
- It was an all-round display by Australia’s bowlers with Perry, Gardner and Kimmince all picking up two wickets
Hosts West Indies suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of a well drilled Australian unit in the first semi-final of the women’s world T20, going down by 71 runs. It was a horror show with the bat by the defending champions, one that saw them play right into Australia hands. Chasing 142, West Indies were dismissed for just 71 much to the disappointment of the capacity home faithful in Antigua.
A wicket that showed it’s going to be slow in nature with the ball gripping and turning either way from delivery one was well played on by the Australians. Alyssa Healey (46) and captain Meg Lanning (31) saw out Selman, Fletcher and Matthews comfortably with the two putting on a vital partnership for the third wicket.
The late surge to the Australian total was provided by Rachel Haynes who took a real liking to Dottin. In a decision that didn’t pay off for the West Indies, introducing Dottin into the attack as their sixth bowler proved costly with her going for 23 in two overs. Haynes was the beneficiary with her 25 off 15 in the death overs adding crucial runs on a dismal wicket to take Australia to a challenging total.
Fully aware that the chase would be a tough one, the way West Indies went about their mission would have even left their management stunned. However, the calamity was something that was on the horizon. The standard of cricket in the West Indies women team seems to have gone down drastically and such a shambolic show was due sooner rather than later.
With just captain Taylor reaching double figures, the home side’s chase fizzled out even before it began. Perry (2-2), Gardner (2-15) and Kimmince (2-17) worked in unison to put in a dangerous bowling performance as West Indies were never able to adapt to the spinning nature of the track, losing wickets one after the other to bow out of the mega event.
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor post-game. “I thought the last six overs was crucial. We let them get away. Even though we let them get 142 we, as batters, didn’t bat properly. Everyone is different but I know we came into this with a lot of confidence, it as just one of those days when we didn’t come off where the bat was concerned. I just want to thank all the crowds for supporting us, we are sorry we couldn’t get across the line.”
Australian captain Meg Lanning: “We were so ready for tonight’s game. We just had to come out here and stay really calm. It is a very happy group at the moment but we have one more to go. I thought we played well tonight, the batting conditions were tough but we knew we were around par with our batting and knew if we could get some pressure on them early with some wickets that we could get the job done.
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