Windies shock Australia to book final berth
West Indies produced a stunning comeback versus Australia at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex to reach their first Women’s World Cup final, in which they will face the same opponents.
Needing to defend 164 to reach Sunday’s showpiece at the Brabourne Stadium, also in Mumbai, the Windies were in trouble with the Southern Stars cruising at 130 for four in the 39th over.
However, West Indies then took six wickets for 26 runs to record their first win over Australia, which came by eight runs with 10 balls to spare.
The victory put Merissa Aguilleira’s side top of the Super Six table on net run-rate, ended Australia’s 100% record in this year’s competition while denying England and New Zealand, who played in today’s day/night game, the chance of reaching the final.
That the Windies posted 164 all out after winning the toss owed much to Deandra Dottin, whose 60 - containing 10 fours and a six - rescued them from 92 for seven after three wickets for Holly Ferling. Megan Schutt also ended with as many scalps.
Jess Cameron, who hit 39, and Alex Blackwell looked to be easing the Southern Stars to victory, but Stafanie Taylor having the latter lbw for 45 began the collapse, during which Shanel Daley claimed a third wicket.
In today’s other encounter South Africa gained their first Super Sixes win with a 110-run thrashing of Sri Lanka at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium.
Although Sri Lanka - who won the toss - cheaply removed the Proteas’ opening batters, a strong middle-order effort - underpinned by Cri-zelda Brits’ 52 and Dane van Niekerk’s 64 - aided a competitive total of 227 for eight while Chamani Seneviratna picked up three wickets.
Despite 63 from opener Chamari Atapattu, Dane van Niekerk - who earlier made 40 - led a demolition job with 4-18 from seven overs as Sandamali Dolawatte was the only other player to reach double figures.
Those results meant the final and play-offs will be a repeat of today’s fixtures. The third-place and fifth-place play-offs are on Friday, respectively at the Brabourne and Barabati Stadiums. The two play-offs are day games, while the final is a day/nighter.