Thursday 3 April 2014 

Australia Reach Third Final In A Row

Coverage in association with Clarus XC

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.

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets