Six-run win sees West Indies Women into WWT20 final
West Indies Women 143-6 (Cooper 61) beat
New Zealand Women 137-8 (Taylor 3-26) by six runs
ICC Women's World T20 semi-final, Mumbai
They set up a repeat of the 2013 50-over World Cup final - won by Australia - by first posting 143 for six and then restricting New Zealand to 137 for eight in reply.
Having won the toss, New Zealand asked West Indies to bat first.
Hayley Matthews (16) was trapped lbw in the third over by Morna Nielsen (1-14) after a 14-ball innings but Stafanie Taylor (25) and Britney Cooper (61) put on a 60-run stand for the second wicket and scored at a steady pace to take West Indies to 63 for one at the half-way mark.
Taylor holed out to midwicket in the 12th over but Deandra Dottin (20) joined hands with Cooper to continue a strong batting display.
Cooper went on to complete a 45-ball fifty. A double strike from Sophie Devine (4-22) removed both Dottin and Cooper in the 18th over and West Indies only managed to reach 143 for five after losing two more wickets in the final over.
With a four-wicket haul, Devine was New Zealand’s best performer with the ball.
After the early wicket of Rachel Priest (6) a brief partnership between Suzie Bates (12) and Devine (22) helped New Zealand recover.
West Indies struck back with two wickets in the seventh over removing both the set players.
Nevertheless, Amy Satterthwaite (24) and Sara McGlashan (38) kept the chase on track with a 59-run stand which left New Zealand to get 37 runs from 24 balls.
Taylor (3-26) turned the game on its head by removing both Satterthwaite and McGlashan in successive deliveries.
New Zealand lost the momentum and went on to lose two more wickets in the next two overs and eventually fell short of the target by seven runs.
With a six-run win, West Indies have qualified for the finals for the first time after making it to the semi-finals of the three previous tournaments since 2010.
Cooper was the player of the match. The final will be played between Australia and West Indies on 3rd of April in Kolkata.
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