Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
ICC Women's World T20 2014 semi-final, Dhaka
Australia advanced to the final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 for the third time in a row after beating the West Indies by eight runs in the first semi-final in Mirpur.
At the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, they scored 140 for five in their allotted 20 overs, before restricting the West Indies to 132 for four and setting up a final against either England or South Africa.
Australia won the tournament in 2010 and 2012 and now chase a hat-trick.
Chasing 141, the West Indies got off to a quick start with openers Kycia Knight and Stafanie Taylor putting up 43 runs for the first wicket off an equal number of balls.
But they both fell within five runs of each other, a double jolt for their hopes to chase down the total. Taylor was the first wicket to fall, run out for 24 runs scored off 25 balls, with four fours. Knight followed soon after, scoring 21 runs off 26 balls with two fours, bowled by Erin Osborne (1-18).
Deandra Dottin then took centre stage and came up with the goods, smacking 40 runs off 35 balls, hitting four fours and one six. She put up 73 runs for the third wicket with Stacy-Ann King as the West Iindies looked set to complete the chase.
However, the tide turned in the 19th over, when Dottin was dismissed by Sarah Coyte (1-28) and then Rene Farrell (1-25) sent back skipper Merissa Aguillera (6) cheaply to heap up the pressure.
At the end, King was unbeaten on 36 runs off 28 balls, hitting four fours and one six, but her efforts were not enough to get her side across the finish line.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Elyse Villani and Jess Jonassen (5) put on 32 runs for the first wicket, before the latter was run out.
Her partner had been the one doing the bulk of the scoring and she followed soon after, dismissed for 35 runs off 32 balls by Anisa Mohammad (2-24). Villani hit seven fours during her stay at the wicket.
Wickets then kept falling at regular intervals for Australia, as Ellyse Perry (8) and Jess Cameron (5) went cheaply. In between Meg Lanning kept the score board ticking with 29 runs off 22 balls, hitting five fours.
Then Alyssa Healy smacked 30 unbeaten runs off 21 balls, with four fours, to take Australia across the 100-run mark as also setting up the final total which proved to be enough on the day.
She put on 48 runs for the sixth wicket with Alex Blackwell, who was not out on 13 runs off 17 balls.
Tremayne Smartt (1-28) and Stafanie Taylor (1-19) were the other wicket-takers for the Windies.
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