West Indies v Australia, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai February 13, 2013

West Indies hold their nerve for final spot


West Indies 164 (Dottin 60, Ferling 3-27, Schutt 3-50) beat Australia 156 (Blackwell 45, Daley 3-22) by eight runs

A spirited West Indies stormed into their first World Cup final with a massive win over five-time champions Australia in their last Super Six match at the MIG Ground in Mumbai. The margin of victory - eight runs - was not massive but the result put defending champions England and last edition's runners-up New Zealand out of contention for a place in the final. The win is also West Indies' first against Australia, who had been unbeaten in this World Cup.

Defending 164, the odds were against West Indies as Australia were comfortably placed at 130 for 4 and needed 35 runs from more than 11 overs. But three quick wickets, of Alex Blackwell, Jodie Fields and Julie Hunter, in the space of 14 balls turned the match on its head. West Indies, led by Shanel Daley and Stafanie Taylor, lifted their bowling and fielding, taking the last six wickets, which included three run-outs, for 26 runs.

It looked like Australia would cruise to victory when Blackwell and Fields had stabilised the innings from 89 for 4. West Indies had not given up and once Blackwell was given lbw in Taylor's third spell, they went for the kill. Five balls later, in the last Powerplay over, Fields took the risk of going over mid-off but handed an easy catch to Juliana Nero. And before the new batsman, Julie Hunter, could get a grasp of the situation, she was run out by an accurate throw from Anisa Mohammed.

With 34 to win off nine overs, Daley had an over left and Taylor had two. Aguilleira decided to go with Taylor and she targeted the inexperienced Renee Chappell, who fell to another lbw decision. Erin Osborne scored two consecutive boundaries and brought the equation to 14 from 22. A misfield in the next over gave her four more runs and Australia a chance to breathe. However, if bowling was not working, West Indies did it with their fielding. Confusion between Osborne and Megan Schutt and another accurate throw reduced Australia to 156 for 9. Now Daley had the ball and when Osborne tried to scoop her over the keeper, it took an edge and ballooned into Aguillera's gloves to seal the victory for West Indies.

What followed were scenes and steps the West Indies players would not have rehearsed for. It was the longest walk back for Osborne and Ferling, and the West Indies players were sprinting all over the ground in the sun.

When West Indies had chosen to bat, Australia's pace attack didn't let them breathe much. The opening bowlers had been effective in every match; the highest opening partnership against them being 11 and West Indies were not treated differently. Their first wicket fell on 17. While Julie Hunter kept the run rate in check with her precision, Schutt struck twice in her first spell from the other end when she had Juliana Nero edging to the wicketkeeper and trapped Shemaine Campbelle lbw for a duck. Natasha McLean, meanwhile, found boundaries through the covers.

There was no sign of Taylor until then as Kyshona Knight joined McLean and Australia replied with their first bowling change, introducing Holly Ferling. She trapped McLean, who had done the bulk of the scoring, in her first over - a maiden. Taylor came in at No. 5 but Ferling's fiery spell had just begun. She struck twice in three overs and was dominating with her pace and bounce. Ferling and Schutt made sure only one West Indies batsman out of their top six scored in double digits.

West Indies were reeling at 59 for 5 in the 19th over and their only hope of putting up a respectable score was Deandra Dottin. At No. 7, she did not seem perturbed by the fall of wickets, unleashing three boundaries in her first five balls to ease the nerves a little bit.

Lisa Sthalekar took the next wicket, of Aguilleira, who had supported Dottin in a 27-run partnership. Schutt returned for her second spell and struck with the wicket of Shanel Daley, who played-on to her second ball.

The fall of wickets was halted by Dottin and 17-year old Shaquana Quintyne. While Dottin kept the score ticking, Quintyne made sure she rotated the strike and did not play any reckless shots. Dottin's two fours through the off-side in the 29th over brought up the team's hundred, and she soon brought up her 50 from 54 balls.

When the Powerplay started in the 36th over, all eyes were on Dottin. After a powerful four off the first ball she faced, she came down the track to Osborne, missed the ball completely and was bowled. Australia would have restricted West Indies to under 150 had it not been for Quintyne and Anisa Mohammed, and the 15 wides bowled conceded. Tremayne Smartt struck two boundaries at the end before she was caught at point, which ended the West Indies innings.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Akshita on February 15, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @JG2709 may be you are right . But I do feel like that Australia underperfermed which might not be the case in reality. I am going to support the WI team for final . And hopefully they can beat the Aussies and prove some of us wrong. Cricinfo plz publish.

  • Roo on February 15, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Seems some of the Eng fans would complain if it was a sunny day :)

    As for the Oz loss, with Sarah Coyte out injured & a leading all-rounder she was missed in the lower middle order, as was Perry who has missed a few games now... Their hopeful return will greatly bolster the bowling & batting for the final...

  • John on February 14, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @Akshita29 - Have to say , I usually find you a very balanced poster. Re poor umpiring decisions costing NZ vs WI - I didn't see the game - what were the issues exactly? NZ won by nearly 50 runs so I'm taking they were key decisions. England had 2 vs Australia inc Lottie in a game we lost by 2 runs but I don't like to use umpiring decs as an excuse although some of the umpiring I've seen has been abysmal Re Aus "not giving their best in a tactical move" - I don't see that at all. As I put in my other post , if Aus deliberately wanted WI to win - unless WIs batsmen were that bad - surely they would not have bowled them out so cheap?

    Please kindly publish this time

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    congrats West Indies women show them it was no fluke

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    congrats to the w.i women team for beating australia & going to the finals. keep up[ the good work and u will be sucessful, all the best in the final. we beat australia once & we will beat them again in the final.

  • dave on February 14, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Administrators need to sort this tournament out - too much controversy. The umpires in some matches were not up to international standard and the lack of semis has left a bad taste in the mouth for many fans. Not good enough.

  • Anver on February 14, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Well played Windies & wish to see a repeat performances in all important FINALE on Sunday !!!!

  • Piyush on February 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    well this isn't the first time, aussies have done. their men's team does it quite reqularly, why whould the women's team be any far behind. australia regularly throws matches away to keep tougher opponents out of last (stages) matches. well it would serve them right, if WI genuinely go on to win the final!

  • D on February 14, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Well, wouldn't be ironic if WI beat the Aussies for a 2nd time in the finals?

  • Mohamed on February 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Hope i'm wrong, but this could be a strategic move for Australia, to lose. Prefer to play WI in finals. Just a thought. Definitely not taking anything away from WI. Its a move that could backfire.

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