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

West Indies hold their nerve for final spot

The Report by Vishal Dikshit in Mumbai

February 13, 2013

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

Deandra Dottin scored a valuable 60, Australia v West Indies, Women's World Cup, Super Six, Mumbai, February 13, 2013
Deandra Dottin's half-century was crucial to West Indies achieving a fighting total © ICC/Solaris Images
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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.

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Posted by Akshita29 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.

Posted by zenboomerang 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...

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

congrats West Indies women show them it was no fluke

Posted by   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.

Posted by shortsillypoint 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.

Posted by anver777 on (February 14, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

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

Posted by p77gin 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!

Posted by OttawaRocks on (February 14, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

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

Posted by truguynese 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.

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 14, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

@JG2709 no disrespect to WI woman team bt they won against NZ due to very very poor umpiring, there were at least 4 wrong decisions against NZ. Both Nz and Eng have much more balanced sides while WI is dependant on 2 players mainly Dottin and Taylor to score runs . Either of these 2 have to score big if WI to have any chance of winning in the final.

Posted by slm6 on (February 14, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

@ashesernie and other posters on this and other pages---get over it. England played below standard and did some cracking under pressure. As a result an up and coming team led by an out and out star in Deandra Dottin beat them to the final. ODIs often have lots of run outs. Australia had four in their opening match against Pakistan. I agree with everyone else though that semi finals would have been a good thing.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

Looks like the Aussie women have been watching the blokes when it comes to bowling out the tail :(

Posted by kahdgar09 on (February 14, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

firstly i would like to congratulate the West Indies Women's team on a fantastic tournament so far. Victory in the final would be nice.. but the effort alone has won you respect and many new fans. to the conspiracy theorist from England.. get over it... there is a saying in mixed martial arts... dont leave it to the judges. if the team was that good they would not have to depend on the outcome of other games to progress to the final. they all started the tournament with the same rules..if you want to reach the finals make sure you do it and not have to depend on other results happening to make it it. As usual england prove to be a sore looser its never their fault but the the other teams conspired to arrange an entire tournament to ensure that you lost and orchestrated the teams to ensure that you were not in the final... please grow up. the teams who are in the final are there because they won the games that were required... you did not

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

dont understand why people are blaming australia.this was not a must win game for the aussies so even if they were less serious about this match,it shouldnt be a topic of an argument.well played west indies

Posted by Winchester666 on (February 13, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

And shame on the posters who are playing high & mighty & having a go at the posters than can clearly see what went on in this match.

And people can say but if ENG or NZ didn't lose matches then this couldn't happen. That is not the point though, the point is that Australia manipulated results to their own advantage.

The fact that people can be so naive as to think that Aus wouldn't of know that exactly what the outcome of the match would mean astounds me. 6 wickets for 26 runs including 3 run-outs??? 3 run-outs with 30 odd runs to get, that were not needed at a high clip. Come on people, use your heads.

Posted by b4u8me2 on (February 13, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

What is all this babble about Aus giving WI the win? Has anyone realised that WI topped the points table? Why are some of the comments suggesting that WI got in over poor old England. WI managed to do what England could not do - beat Aus in a tight game and topped the table. How can a team top the points table and anyone question their place in the final. Instead of commenting rubbish lets congratulate the two teams who did make it to the finals and stop being sorry losers.

Posted by cricdiehard25 on (February 13, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Well done, Ladies...Congrats! If you beat the Aussies once, you can do it again in the Final. All West Indians are with you ,as you aim for the ICC T-20 trophy.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

@ Darryn Thompson on (February 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT) If WI beat NZ just a few days ago then how - on present form are WI a weaker side?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Congratulations WI .

As an England fan I'm really disappointed , but I said yesterday that if WI beat Australia they'll have fully earned their final spot.

One thing I will say re future tournaments - and there is no bias here at all as I've said this all along - is that I hope the final set of matches in any group stage or any super 6 stage are played at the same time. Not only - in group stages - will it eliminate any possibility of the teams playing second manufacturing a result to suit where both teams qualify after knowing the result of the previous game , but in this instance it ruins it for fans of both sides and perhaps the players too , knowing that a win is virtually meaningless

Please publish this time

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

What !! ....no semi-finals ? Why ? That's strange. Whats a World cup without semis. that's just two additional games !!! Strange format.

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 13, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

In olympics 2012 we saw when 8 plyers under performed on purpose they were disqualified ( badminton ). Why can't same be done in cricket ? This is a clear cut case of Australia not giving their best in a tactical move. Despite all these it was a good performance from WI . But WI have very little chance against Aussies in the Final. I would more than happy to be proved wrong . CRICINFO plz publish.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Looks like West Indies are destined to become Champions in Women's ODI World cup ! This is the Year of West Indies, Champions in T20 Men's World Cup and a Possible Women's ODI World Cup !

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Well done WI. No conspiracy. Eng and NZ lost games in initial set up and super 6's - if they hadn't they's be in the final. No problem with this result. Hope WI do well in the final now. Go girls!

Posted by GrindAR on (February 13, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

This could be Aussie's trick to avoid Eng at final :-) But scorecard doesn't show that is the case. WI, hold on your nerve for a much better show in the final.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

well done WI's women, now lets win the final

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Werll done WI ladies. In a matter of hours the WI women beat Aussie women for the first time in ODI cricket and the men won a match in Australia for the first time in 16 years. little steps but these matter, all the way to being World Champions.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Go Windies win the final.

Posted by PTtheAxis on (February 13, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

@ robtay14 - if aus wanted to lose to windies than why get them out for such a low score ?didnt see any slackness in thw field. also didnt this nz team lose to WI in this very tournament ? and isnt eng the team aus have always beaten in world cups ? WI has some big hitters - dont see any in nz, eng or aus teams ? eng were not good enough to beat even srilanka so they are no team anyone really fears.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 13, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Well done to the Wis. I don't buy the "conspiracy theory" and, as has been pointed out, if England and/or NZ had won their matches, they would be in the final .. but .. the format used in this World Cup has to be the worst one available. It just doesn't seem right that a team finishing 3rd of 4 in the group, having won 1 match and lost 2 can qualify for the final. Sorry if this sounds like sour grapes but with 'only' 8 teams, there were numerous better options available: (1) A round robin where everyone played each other (7 matches each being played). The winner of the league could then be declared World Champion (my preferred option) (2) As (1) but top 2 teams play off in final (3) 2 groups of 4 with the top 2 going into semi-finals and then a final (4) 2 groups of 4 with the top 2 going into another Group phase in semi with winner being overall champion (5) 2 groups of 4 with winners of each group meeting in final. Surely any of these options would have been preferable?

Posted by sweet2hrme on (February 13, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Well... Whom I appreciate West Indies win OR Australia lost! Well its hurt me as a sport person !!

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 13, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

well done wi, all english fans who cud not swallow wi win should recall that their own team was incapable to win aus when it mattered the most , otherwise aus wud go home, also raj's comments that barring brunt, other bowlers of england are mediocre were proved right as england suffered narrow defeat to aus and failed to go to finals.

Posted by ARJa on (February 13, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Thank goodness. Couldn't bare another world cup fought between just Aus, Eng and NZL.

Posted by Rohit... on (February 13, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Aus took it lightly and paid the price ... but still they are the favorites in the Final .

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

I see my first comment has been rejected. If I may try again: Well done WI, well done SL too for the group-stage upsets, and how refreshing to see teams outside the Big Four doing well in women's cricket. And I don't believe for a moment that anyone commenting here is the least bit paranoid.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Congratulations to West Indies! Who are into their first Women's World Cup final. You have played excellent cricket most of the time and have become more consistent. I am glad Sri Lanka helped you to get through to super sixes by beating England and putting India out of the world cup altogether. Keep us the good work and beat the Aussies again in the Final. The whole of WI and the all the cricketing nations are behind you.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (February 13, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

These are a lot of grandiosity comments coming from Australian fans. the West Indies women team are not a village team they are proffesionally disciplined and well talented team ... that know how to apply pressure to their opposition , especially with their backs to the wall. they . and i admire how they pick each other up... that is what u call team work. we love u all and we are with u .. very proud of our team and heritage

Posted by RobTay14 on (February 13, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

@PTtheAxis, you're dreaming if you think they'd rather face England or NZ over WI

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

@Michael Gooding: I love the sentiments in your post. Tiny correction though: Determination has been seen in abundance from WI men in the past. (Not much since the 1990s though).

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 13, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

@Bollo Unfortunately, this was predictable. The tournament format lends itself to the suggestion, whether or not it is true. I did not see the game, so I cannot comment, but I cannot imagine that the West Indian team is happy that there will, inevitably, be people who question today's result. The best answer if for them to win again in the Final, isn't it?

Posted by WonkyBail on (February 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

I wanted England in the final but do not believe in some conspiracy theory, after all Australia have never lost to England at a neutral venue so would hardly fear them.

Posted by Bollo on (February 13, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

@Bob Young. Yep, the format needs revision. Didn`t matter on this occasion what time the matches started though...a WI win was always going to mean they played the Aussies in the final.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

So we had two critical matches starting at different times.. and we've wound up with the final being between the two teams in the first one of those . and the two teams in the second match knowing, long before their game has ended, that neither of them can reach the final but will face each other in a further match for the third place... I think the format needs revision..

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

How negative and biased can we humans become simply because our team did'nt make it. Australia, England and New Zealand would certainly not hesitate to admit that W.I. deserve to be in the final. The team played with a determination not seen before in West Indies cricket in the male and female game. Congrats West indies. I was up every night watching or following every game on ESPN and I will be eagerly awaiting a fantastic final. Win or lose, You are my HEROES girls. Love watching you play. I believe in you.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Congratulations to the WI Ladies team on making to the finals. wishing you All the very best for the finals and hoping to see you gals lift the WC trophy :)

Posted by PTtheAxis on (February 13, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

a lot of assumption here regarding england winning against nz and winning by a good enough margin. otherwise WI would be in the final anyways. and those thinking aussies would like to face WI in the final must not have watched this tournament. if WI batting fires aussies dont have the big hitting batting to make real big scores.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Did WI win or did Aus lose? I'll be interested to see how close the final is.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 13, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

The subcontinent teams finally look to seal the 6,7 and 8th positions. Few have expected atleast one to make into the finals. Atlast the best two are in the finals

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Well done WI ladies team. I see the men are also trying to emulate your success. You have played excellent cricket most of the time and have become more consistent. I am glad Sri Lanka helped you to get through to super sixes by beating England and putting India out of the world cup altogether. Keep us the good work and beat the Aussies again in the Final. The whole of WI and the all the cricketing nations are behind you.

Posted by Kitschiguy on (February 13, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

I know who I'd rather play in the final...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 13, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

As it makes sound tactical sense for Australia to lose this game (plenty of posts predicting this result over the last couple of days), in the same way that it made sound tactical sense for England to go-slow against the West Indies in their final group game to help them through to the Super Sixes. you do have to wonder a bit about the tournament rules and the rather strange decision that the final live matches would not be simultaneous to reduce the temptation to teams to play tactically. Anyway, well played to the West Indies. They took their chances and came through and, as has been pointed out... if you don't lose games you can't be eliminated in this way!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

West Indies certainly had the rub of the green with the four LBW decisions in the match against NZ - and they have made the final. But I think their luck has run out.

Posted by CricketMaster286 on (February 13, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Thats seems dodgy. Anybody who believes that England has been done by Aussie women will have a point. Not the sort of thing the sport needs.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

congratulations to west indies women...keep on fighting and the victories will come.

Posted by ooper_cut on (February 13, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Super final it is going to be indeed. Congrats to the W.I eves, that takes some spirit to bring down a team like Australia from 130/4 to 156 all out.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Yet another disgraceful display in this farcical tournament, New Zealand first robbed by the umpires, and now by a dodgy Australian 'collapse' designed to ensure they play the weaker team in the final.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Congratulations to W.I. women cricket team on top of the Super Six! Go on to win the World Cup and confirm that you are the best in the world.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Well done Windies women! It will be an epic final on Sunday, because Australia wants revenge and West Indies wants to win their first ever world cup! They played well today! Very improved team this!

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