Australia v West Indies, Women's World Cup, Mumbai February 12, 2013

West Indies one hurdle from final


West Indies will have their chance of qualifying for their maiden World Cup final when they face Australia, who are unbeaten in the tournament, in the crucial Super Six tie at the MIG Ground in Mumbai. Offspinner Anisa Mohammed, was upbeat about her team's positive showing tomorrow.

"We are very confident of defeating Australia tomorrow," she said. "We are one win away from a final, we have waited for years for this opportunity and we are set and ready to go into the finals."

West Indies are currently second in the points table with six points, two more than England and New Zealand. If they put a halt to Australia's unbeaten run, they will qualify for the finals. A loss, on the other hand, will bring them at par with the winner of the other Super Six fixture in Mumbai, between England and New Zealand, and it will be down to their net run-rates.

"If we stick to our basics and keep supporting each other, everything will fall into place. Last time we played Sri Lanka here we posted a big total batting first. We also played Australia at the same venue, in a warm-up match, so we have a feel of the ground and the pitch here. We are just going to go out there tomorrow and do our best."

West Indies have never beaten Australia in ODIs, having played only three times since their first match in the 1993 World Cup. Anisa said they would like to change that.

"They are the only team we haven't defeated in the world. But I can guarantee you that that is going to change tomorrow. They have beaten all the teams so far, but tomorrow it will be their day to lose."

Australia batsman Jess Cameron was equally positive about her team's good showing against West Indies.

"We want to go through undefeated in the whole tournament," she said. "That would make the other teams look at us and have some sort of fear. We'll be going out there, trying to win every match, and obviously try and win the finals too."

Australia, Cameron said, are aware of West Indies' two dangerous batsmen - Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor - who they will aim to dismiss cheaply. While Taylor is the second-highest run-getter in the tournament so far, with 304 runs at an average of 60.80, Dottin has scored 144 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 173.49, including a 22-ball 50 against Sri Lanka.

"I think [Deandra] Dottin is their key wicket and Stafanie Taylor at the top of the order. If we can get those two cheaply then I think we'll do well. We know that if we can get some of their players early, it will be detrimental to their batting.

"We've got a batting line up that's as strong as the West Indies'. We will have to work hard and our bowlers will have to do a good job just like our batsmen. If our batsmen and bowlers can put it together, I don't think we can be beaten so we are looking to do that in the next two games."

While Australia have booked a place for their sixth World Cup final on Sunday, West Indies' victory tomorrow will make the result of the England - New Zealand match inconsequential.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • chris on February 13, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    15 wides bowled by the Aussie women .....thats your match right there. 15 runs and the extra deliveries .......will kill you every time.

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Supporting the Aussies, but it would also be good to see the Windies make the final. Let's hope it's a cracking game of cricket!

  • Alistair on February 13, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    It's my opinion that Ms Mohammed needs to stop hanging out with Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.Motivating Australia to play better than they already are is not the smartest thing to do. I'm not saying they must "fear" Australia, but give them their due.All she is doing is placing added pressure on herself and teammates to perform at a level that might be above and beyond what they might require on the day to come out on top of the aussies. I'm still wishing our girls the best and they can make it to the finals and put on a strong showing to make us proud.Go Windies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Roo on February 12, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Be interesting to see if Perry is fit for this match, if she is it will be hard to leave out Ferling who has done a good job replacing her... Tough job for the captain, but a good dilema to have... Good luck to all the teams today - seeing Oz are already in the final I hope they do like the men have just done against the WI & don't drop form for the dead rubber (for them)...

  • NAZ on February 12, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    well yes we all wish anisa would have been a little bit more diplomatic, but hey she's saying bring it on australia. which is an excellent attitude i wish all the players expressed the same emotions. YES BRING IT ON AUSTRALIA .. WE AIN'T GIVING IT UP

  • Jo on February 12, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Demanding tough show by WI :-) Lets not dependent on other results.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Good Luck Girls!! Lets go Windies!!

  • Brian on February 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    I wished anisa mohammed would have been a little diplomatic. Australia is a very strong team. I'm supporting my Windies team though. Good luck girls!

  • Aditya on February 12, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    If WI women (50 overs) can replicate WI men's team success (T20) by winning this WC, it would be another reason for Gayle to go gangnam again and in doing so shrug off his recent bad form and hit a purple patch again! All the best to the WI Women's - go WI go! Long live WI cricket!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Good luck to the West Indies ladies. They play with heart and joy, I would love to see them World Champions.

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