Australia defeat Windies women

Elyse Villani gave defending champions Australia a positive start. (Photo courtesy Crickinfo)
Elyse Villani gave defending champions Australia a positive start. (Photo courtesy Cricinfo)

Australia Women survived a Deandra Dottin-led late charge from West Indies Women to remain in contention for a hat-trick of World T20 titles after a tight win in the first semi-final in Mirpur.

Dottin, in the company of Stacy-Ann King, kept West Indies interested in the chase of 141 with a 78-run stand that came in 8.4 overs, but her dismissal in the penultimate over continued her team’s trend of sliding against Australia in a World Cup knockout match.

West Indies had been stung by Australia in the final of the ODI World Cup last year and in the semi-final of the World T20 in Sri Lanka before that.

After the openers had provided West Indies with a solid platform, much depended on how Dottin, West Indies’ second-best batsman in the tournament behind Stafanie Taylor, would respond to an increasing required rate which had climbed to 9.3 at the end of 10 overs.

Dottin, though, opted for a careful approach rather than an all-out attack as her run-scoring load for lessened by an aggressive King at the other

Deandra Dottin top scored with 40 but fell in th 19th over. (Photo courtesy Cricinfo)
Deandra Dottin top scored with 40 but fell in th 19th over. (Photo courtesy Cricinfo)

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However, she didn’t let any loose delivery go unpunished – full-tosses were swatted away and shorter ones were pulled hard.

She brought up the half-century of the partnership with a muscular hoick over long-on bringing down the equation to 43 off 28 balls.

But with 20 needed off 11, she smashed a low full-toss from Sarah Coyte straight into the hands of deep midwicket, effectively ending West Indies’ chances.

West Indies’ highest total to win a T20I was 140 and Australia had much to thank Alyssa Healy – who normally opens the innings but batted at No. 7 – for pushing the target beyond that number. (Cricinfo)

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