All-round Australia beat West Indies by 71 runs


Australia and England will play the final of the 2018 Women's World Twenty20 in North Sound on Sunday.

England had a shaky start to the second innings, losing their opening wickets at the early stages but then turned the game around in a composed manner by rotating the strike well.

The West Indies were capable of reaching the target, but they never got going and eventually fell to be all out on 71 with three and a half overs to go.

"Every team knows everything about the individual players and we know each other off the field due to WBBL and KSL".

With all the hype surrounding the match, especially since West Indies were the defending champions and Australia were their victims by eight wickets in that memorable Final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India two years ago, the manner in which Stafanie Taylor's team went under was a bitter pill to swallow. Although both teams looked evenly matched on paper, England were dominating on the day of the match.

But seamer Deandra Dottin's introduction at the death proved costly as she leaked 28 runs from two overs, and Australia gathered precious runs courtesy of Haynes who slammed four boundaries.

The bold decision to drop Mithali, the highest run-getter in shortest format, may haunt the Indian team for the longest time to come as coach Ramesh Powar and captain Harmanpreet Kaur will have a lot of answering to do in coming days. Mithali who had been a consistent scorer for India in the tournament many felt would've certainly made a difference and thus keeping her on the bench was a freaky decision.

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Gupta tweeted from her unofficial account calling Kaur a "manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain" and that the women's team believed more in "politics not sport".

For those who watched the game, the image of Mithali sitting in the dressing room, watching her teammates with a grim face even as India lost the match sent mixed signals.

A brilliant batting cameo from Rachael Haynes and a superb bowling performance by Ellyse Perry propelled Australia to a 71-run win over the West Indies in the 18th over.

Fully aware that the chase would be a tough one, the way West Indies went about their mission would have even left their management stunned.

The tournament's form player's inclusion means the only change for Australia is legspinner Georgia Wareham's return in place of quick Tayla Vlaeminck.

That Australia were able to take advantage of this debatable tactical call was down to Alyssa Healy's brilliance again.