ICC Women's World Twenty20, 2nd Semi-Final: Australia Women v West Indies Women at Colombo (RPS), Oct 5, 2012
Australia Women won by 28 runs
Played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo (neutral venue)
5 October 2012 (20-over match)

3.59pm Apologies. The ladies here have been allowed just a 10-minute break even after finishing their innings in time. The men get 20 minutes. Stefanie Taylor takes first strike, and she uses the bail to mark her guard. Perry will bowl to her. Interested in seeing what speed gun has to say about her pace. One slip in place


Perry to Taylor, 1 run, nice swing away first ball, gets a thick edge wide of slip

JB Nero in her Richie Richardson avatar


Perry to Nero, 1 wide, tries to sweep Perry, who was bowled this at 119ks. It's a wide down the leg side

A gully joins the slip. Good to see the Aussie women too play aggressive cricket


Perry to Nero, no run, outswinger, 120ks, on off, defended to cover


Perry to Nero, no run, nice outswinger, on off, 122ks, driven to cover


Perry to Nero, no run, Nero backs away and lifts the bat really high. No room from Perry, though, and she hits it back to Perry


Perry to Nero, no run, short of a length, wide, Nero tries the big pull, but the lack of bounce beats her

Look at the flare on the Australian trousers. They are almost bell-bottoms from the seventies


Perry to Nero, FOUR, Nero has swept Perry! Successfully this time. Slight bend of the knees, and takes this full ball from leg, and deposits it to the boundary boards at square leg

End of over 1 (6 runs) West Indies Women 6/0 (110 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.78)

    • JB Nero 4 (5b 1x4)
    • SR Taylor 1 (1b)
    • EA Perry 1-0-6-0

Australia opening with spin too. Like Greg Mathews, Sthalekar to bowl with her hat on. Fields wearing a baseball mask


Sthalekar to Taylor, no run, full, on off, defended


Sthalekar to Taylor, no run, another forward-defensive


Sthalekar to Taylor, no run, big yes-no-yes-no between the batsmen, but luckily for them it is not fielded cleanly at square leg


Sthalekar to Taylor, no run, defended back to her


Sthalekar to Taylor, no run, flighted on middle and leg, pushed to midwicket


Sthalekar to Taylor, 1 run, shimmies down the track, gets a high full toss, drives it to long-on for one

End of over 2 (1 run) West Indies Women 7/0 (109 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 6.05)

    • SR Taylor 2 (7b)
    • JB Nero 4 (5b 1x4)
    • LC Sthalekar 1-0-1-0
    • EA Perry 1-0-6-0

Gully moves to point. Now we have a cover-point and backward point


Perry to Taylor, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to cover


Perry to Taylor, no run, beaut. Length ball, on off, shaping away, quick too. Beats the edge


Perry to Taylor, 1 run, angling into the pads, pushed away wide of mid-on


Perry to Nero, FOUR, short and wide, 121ks, Nero loves it, throws the bat at it, and thick-edges it over slip. Smartly played. She went really hard at it


Perry to Nero, 1 run, full, middle and leg, hit wide of square leg for a single


Perry to Taylor, OUT, Timber. Full, straight, 121ks, Taylor drives all around it. Middle stump is gone. Taylor played across the line, and paid the price

SR Taylor b Perry 3 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies Women 13/1 (103 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 6.05)

    • JB Nero 9 (7b 2x4)
    • EA Perry 2-0-12-1
    • LC Sthalekar 1-0-1-0

Captain Merissa Aguilleira to bat now. Ian Bishop says, "I have tried my best not to say Christina."


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, full, middle and leg, pushed into the leg side


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, big wind-up, but ends up playing a defensive shot back to her


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, another big wind-up, gets an inside edge onto the pad this time


Sthalekar to Nero, 2 runs, full, outside off, driven between cover-point and point


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, forward defensive this time


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, big back lift again, but she gets no space to free her arms, and plays a push to mid-off

End of over 4 (2 runs) West Indies Women 15/1 (101 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 6.31)

    • JB Nero 11 (13b 2x4)
    • MR Aguilleira 0 (0b)
    • LC Sthalekar 2-0-3-0
    • EA Perry 2-0-12-1

Hunter to bowl now. Right arm quick


Hunter to Aguilleira, 2 runs, nice outswinger, but equally nicely played, taken from off, flicked into the leg side

A slip still in place


Hunter to Aguilleira, OUT, that's dead plumb. Anther lovely outswinger, starts on leg, and hits Aguilleira in front of middle. She hasn't helped her cause by playing straight across the line. One of the easier lbw decisions made this week

MR Aguilleira lbw b Hunter 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Deandra Dottin is the new batsman in. She, too, marks the guard with the ball. Deep midwicket already placed for Dottin. Her reputation precedes her


Hunter to Dottin, no run, short of a length, punched away nicely, well timed, but straight to cover


Hunter to Dottin, no run, full, swinging in this time, defended back to her


Hunter to Dottin, FOUR, that's a T20 shot. Agricultural, if you will. Short of a length, outside off, and flat-batted through mid-on


Hunter to Dottin, 1 run, inswinger now, Dottin stays in the crease, and helps it around the corner for one

End of over 5 (7 runs) West Indies Women 22/2 (94 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 6.26)

    • DJS Dottin 5 (4b 1x4)
    • JB Nero 11 (13b 2x4)
    • JL Hunter 1-0-7-1
    • LC Sthalekar 2-0-3-0

Sthalekar continues


Sthalekar to Dottin, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, tossed up on off, defended solidly


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, short of a length, outside off, opens the face, is beaten


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, full, but she stays back and punches it. Can't beat cover


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, full toss, she looks to whip it behind square, but misses out. There is a shout for leg-before, but this is angling down


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, the slider outside off, doesn't turn, and beats Nero's cut - Sthalekar 3-0-4-0 now

End of over 6 (1 run) West Indies Women 23/2 (93 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 6.64)

    • JB Nero 11 (18b 2x4)
    • DJS Dottin 6 (5b 1x4)
    • LC Sthalekar 3-0-4-0
    • JL Hunter 1-0-7-1

Australia in control right now. Dottin seems to be the key woman for West Indies. Perry is back now


Perry to Dottin, OUT, bowled'er. top of off. is that the fame for Australia? Short of a length, on off, Dottin tries to pull it. Not the length, and it squeezes under the bat to hit the off stump. What a bowling change. Australia going after wickets whereas it is so easy in the women's game to sit back and provide no pace and concede around five an over

DJS Dottin b Perry 6 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Perry to Campbelle, FOUR, straying too far down leg, and nicely helped away fine of fine leg


Perry to Campbelle, no run, full and straight, 120ks, worked past square leg for one

"22 for 2 - where's Richie B when you need him!" Phil, how about a Flcko? We might still have it. We just need six more runs without a wicket, and it will be free for firty-free


Perry to Campbelle, no run, nice yorker, dug out, but can't score off those


Perry to Campbelle, 1 run, short of a length, nicely steered past slip


Perry to Nero, OUT, Do I call it a schoolgirl error? Nero is early into the shot, ends up hitting it softly back towards the non-striker's stumps. Perry tries valiantly for the catch, but only manages to get her fingertips to her. Campbelle, having backed up, is back in the crease, but the bat is in the air, as the deflection hits the stumps

SA Campbelle run out 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

End of over 7 (5 runs) West Indies Women 28/3 (88 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.76)

    • JB Nero 11 (19b 2x4)
    • EA Perry 3-0-17-2
    • LC Sthalekar 3-0-4-0

Daley, who bowled so well, in to bat. She has some job to do


Osborne to Daley, FOUR, and she is off and running right away. Short, wide, turning away, cut casually, but past point for four


Osborne to Daley, no run, another good shot, driven wide of the bowler but can't clear mid-off

A slip in place


Osborne to Daley, 2 runs, Daley is going after everything. Ends up slicing this over mid-off - they have jumped from 32 to 34, so no Flocko here

By the way, Osborne has replaced Sthalekar


Osborne to Daley, 1 run, length ball, on off, pushed wide of cover for one


Osborne to Nero, no run, cut away nicely, but can't beat point


Osborne to Nero, FOUR, this is drilled. She got some power behind this drive over mid-off - 11 off the over

End of over 8 (11 runs) West Indies Women 39/4 (77 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 6.41)

    • JB Nero 15 (21b 3x4)
    • SF Daley 7 (4b 1x4)
    • EA Osborne 1-0-11-0
    • EA Perry 3-0-17-2

More spin now. Left-arm spin of Jonassen


Jonassen to Daley, 1 wide, and she tosses up a big wide first ball


Jonassen to Daley, no run, flighted outside off, Daley plays for the turn, and is beaten by the straight delivery


Jonassen to Daley, no run, straight delivery again, and she plays the forward defensive


Jonassen to Daley, no run, shimmies down the track and drives, but can't beat mid-off


Jonassen to Daley, no run, tossed up nicely again, but the drive finds extra cover again


Jonassen to Daley, 1 run, shorter, flatter, turning into the pads, Daley gets a single into the leg side


Jonassen to Nero, 2 runs, short, flat, cut away in front of cover-point, comes back for two

End of over 9 (4 runs) West Indies Women 43/4 (73 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 6.63)

    • JB Nero 17 (22b 3x4)
    • SF Daley 8 (9b 1x4)
    • JL Jonassen 1-0-4-0
    • EA Osborne 1-0-11-0

Osborne to Daley, no run, non-turner form round the stumps, beats her inside edge, but it is headed down leg


Osborne to Daley, 1 run, driven wide of the bowler, gets a single to long-off


Osborne to Nero, 1 run, short of a length, punched away, and a misfield from Blackwell at extra cover allows them a single


Osborne to Daley, no run, flighted outside off, defended with an open face


Osborne to Daley, 1 run, pushed wide of point, and runs through for a quick single


Osborne to Nero, no run, full, really full, just outside off, lands past the popping crease, and also squeezes under the bat

End of over 10 (3 runs) West Indies Women 46/4 (70 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.60, RRR: 7.00)

    • JB Nero 18 (24b 3x4)
    • SF Daley 10 (13b 1x4)
    • EA Osborne 2-0-14-0
    • JL Jonassen 1-0-4-0

Asking rate is exactly seven an over now


Jonassen to Daley, no run, shimmies down the track, beaten in the flight, turns this to leg


Jonassen to Daley, 1 run, nicely tossed up, defends it outside off, and takes a single off the outside half of the bat


Jonassen to Nero, 2 runs, length ball, outside off, punched away wide of sweeper-cover for two


Jonassen to Nero, 1 run, short and wide, cut away powerfully but gets just a single to deep cover


Jonassen to Daley, no run, out of the crease again, beaten in the flight, and kicks it away


Jonassen to Daley, 1 run, out of the crease again, right to the pitch of the ball now, and swipes it to deep midwicket

End of over 11 (5 runs) West Indies Women 51/4 (65 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.63, RRR: 7.22)

    • SF Daley 12 (17b 1x4)
    • JB Nero 21 (26b 3x4)
    • JL Jonassen 2-0-9-0
    • EA Osborne 2-0-14-0

Sthalekar to bowl out now


Sthalekar to Daley, no run, sharp offbreak, on off, turning away big time, and left alone


Sthalekar to Daley, no run, length ball, turns away sharply again, defended to cover


Sthalekar to Daley, 1 run, takes this on the half-volley and drives it to long-off


Sthalekar to Nero, no run, more sharp turn for Sthalekar. Beats her attempt at a forceful punch


Sthalekar to Nero, 1 run, length ball, bunted into the leg side for one


Sthalekar to Daley, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to cover

End of over 12 (2 runs) West Indies Women 53/4 (63 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.41, RRR: 7.87)

    • SF Daley 13 (21b 1x4)
    • JB Nero 22 (28b 3x4)
    • LC Sthalekar 4-0-6-0
    • JL Jonassen 2-0-9-0

Jonassen to Nero, no run, flighted really nicely, on off, defended off the front foot


Jonassen to Nero, no run, arm ball, angling in, no room, another defensive shot


Jonassen to Nero, no run, tossed up again, beats her big drive. Well kept as this was bowled really full and she had to concentrate behind a whipping blade


Jonassen to Nero, no run, forward-defensive now


Jonassen to Nero, no run, short of a length, outside off, cut away, but can't beat point


Jonassen to Nero, 1 run, Nero breaks the maiden with a top-edged sweep towards deep square leg

End of over 13 (1 run) West Indies Women 54/4 (62 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.15, RRR: 8.85)

    • JB Nero 23 (34b 3x4)
    • SF Daley 13 (21b 1x4)
    • JL Jonassen 3-0-10-0
    • LC Sthalekar 4-0-6-0

Hunter is back to bowl her swing. She bowled a superb over with swing either way


Hunter to Nero, 1 leg bye, swinging in this time, concedes a leg-bye as she is too straight


Hunter to Daley, FOUR, nicely played. She too likes pace on. Length ball, angling away, she has room to swing her arms, and she punches it wide of point


Hunter to Daley, 1 wide, wide length ball, angling further, called a wide


Hunter to Daley, 1 wide, another big wide outside off


Hunter to Daley, no run, full, outside off, driven to point


Hunter to Daley, FOUR, nice shot. A wide half-volley from Hunter, and Daley is all over it, driving it past extra cover

Round the wicket now to cut that space she has been proving with her angle away


Hunter to Daley, 1 run, angling in, length ball, driven to long-on

Back over the stumps to right-hand batsman


Hunter to Nero, no run, length ball, on off, no room, defended back to her

End of over 14 (12 runs) West Indies Women 66/4 (50 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.71, RRR: 8.33)

    • JB Nero 23 (36b 3x4)
    • SF Daley 22 (25b 3x4)
    • JL Hunter 2-0-18-1
    • JL Jonassen 3-0-10-0

Asking rate up to 8.33 for the last six overs. You would say Australia are the favourites from here on, but if WI can have an over like the last one, who knows?


Jonassen to Daley, 1 run, Daley charges and swings, and an inside edge saves her. Fields was ready for the stumping but for the inside edge


Jonassen to Nero, 1 run, cut away powerfully to deep cover


Jonassen to Daley, 1 run, swung away to the leg side for a single to deep square leg


Jonassen to Nero, FOUR, nice slog-sweep. She first charged at her, then saw the ball was too slow, and waited for it. Went down on the knee finally, and then swept it past midwicket. All along the ground


Jonassen to Nero, no run, sharp offbreak now. On off, turning away with a puff of dust. Sunil Narine won't mind it


Jonassen to Nero, 1 run, short this time, punched to long-off for one

End of over 15 (8 runs) West Indies Women 74/4 (42 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.93, RRR: 8.40)

    • JB Nero 29 (40b 4x4)
    • SF Daley 24 (27b 3x4)
    • JL Jonassen 4-0-18-0
    • JL Hunter 2-0-18-1

Perry comes back


Perry to Nero, 1 run, short of a length, wide, and whipped away to deep point for one


Perry to Daley, no run, full, on off, mid-off is in the circle to cut this single down


Perry to Daley, no run, first bouncer of the match, and it's a goodie. Pitched on leg, bouncing head-high, and beats the pull


Perry to Daley, no run, Perry is doing it with pace. Length ball, 118ks, clearly a bit much for Daley who plays this back to her


Perry to Daley, no run, length ball, pitched leg, angling towards middle, pushed back to her


Perry to Daley, 1 run, full and straight, the inside edge gets her a single, and the asking rate now touches 10 an over

End of over 16 (2 runs) West Indies Women 76/4 (40 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.75, RRR: 10.00)

    • SF Daley 25 (32b 3x4)
    • JB Nero 30 (41b 4x4)
    • EA Perry 4-0-19-2
    • JL Jonassen 4-0-18-0

That over shows 8 an over in women's cricket is too high an ask. Now we have reached 10 an over. Perry has done her job with 4-0-19-2. Is there some miracle around for West Indies?


Osborne to Daley, no run, short of a length, on off, turning away, pushed back to her


Osborne to Daley, OUT, lovely catch at midwicket. And it's Daley, west Indies' all-round player today. How about that catch, though? Daley has got too close to the ball, and doesn't get the elevation she needs. But it is dying on Blackwell at midwicket, who dives forward and to her right to pluck it inches off the ground

SF Daley c Blackwell b Osborne 25 (34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.52


Osborne to King, 1 run, flighted outside off, swept away for a single


Osborne to Nero, no run, flighted just outside off, turning towards off, defended to leg


Osborne to Nero, no run, lovely fielding again. Driven hard, and to her right, but Osborne dives full length to her right and keeps them down to zero


Osborne to Nero, 1 run, wastes a big full toss, hitting it straight to mid-off. She just about makes the single, too, beating the direct hit by a split frame

End of over 17 (2 runs) West Indies Women 78/5 (38 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.58, RRR: 12.66)

    • JB Nero 31 (44b 4x4)
    • SACA King 1 (1b)
    • EA Osborne 3-0-16-1
    • EA Perry 4-0-19-2

Hunter is back, despite an ordinary last over. Round the stumps


Hunter to Nero, OUT, and Hunter has made a superb comeback to the bowling crease. She bowls a length ball, Nero sweeps around it, and the leg stump is hit

JB Nero b Hunter 31 (45b 4x4 0x6) SR: 68.88

Tremayne Smarrt is in. "Not sure the ladies will appreciate their age being put up there," says Ian Chappell


Hunter to Smartt, 1 run, swing again for Hunter after she had lost it in the second over. Gets a thick edge past slip


Hunter to King, OUT, another wicket for Hunter. Stacy-Ann King, the Gayle lookalike, especially when she is fielding with her shades on, sweeps this nicely, but finds deep midwicket to perfection. That's two wickets, a run-out and a catch for Perry now. And three wickets for Hunter. Australia doing it with the quicks

SACA King c Perry b Hunter 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00


Hunter to Quintyne, 1 run, outswinger, on off, pushed into the leg side


Hunter to Smartt, no run, short of a length, beats her push outside off


Hunter to Smartt, 2 runs, down the track, drives it to cover, a run-out is possible, but the throw lands on a half-volley and they end up conceding an overthrow

End of over 18 (4 runs) West Indies Women 82/7 (34 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.55, RRR: 17.00)

    • TD Smartt 3 (3b)
    • SL Quintyne 1 (1b)
    • JL Hunter 3-0-22-3
    • EA Osborne 3-0-16-1

Spin on in the 19th over


Osborne to Quintyne, 1 run, Dropped by Healy. First drop of the match. Men can learn from that. Healy runs in well from long-off, gets under this sliced shot, but can't quite hold on to it


Osborne to Smartt, 1 run, driven into the leg side for one


Osborne to Quintyne, 1 bye, Missed stumping. Australia have sort of taken the foot off, but they aren't likely to pay for it. This misses the off stump by inches, but Fields can't make the take


Osborne to Smartt, 1 run, full and fast, pushed into the leg side


Osborne to Quintyne, OUT, tries the big sweep, is right in front of the stumps, and is out dead plumb leg-before

SL Quintyne lbw b Osborne 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Just noticed the Australian uniforms. Perhaps the only team to have separate ones for men and women. And dare I say, these - yellow, as opposed to dark green/black - look much better. Not least, perhaps, to do with those who are wearing them


Osborne to Mohammed, 1 run, driven down to long-off

End of over 19 (5 runs) West Indies Women 87/8 (29 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.57, RRR: 29.00)

    • A Mohammed 1 (1b)
    • TD Smartt 5 (5b)
    • EA Osborne 4-0-20-2
    • JL Hunter 3-0-22-3

Last over coming up. Australia all but through


Hunter to Mohammed, OUT, another wicket, another good catch. Anisa charges at her, but all she manages to do is slice towards mid-off. Lanning runs back from mid-off and takes a safe catch

A Mohammed c Lanning b Hunter 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Hunter looking for a Michelle here. if she does get it, it will be her first


Hunter to Smartt, OUT, Smartt leaves the crease, drives it in the air, and long-on completes a simple enough catch

TD Smartt c Cameron b Hunter 5 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Thanks for joining us for women's semi-final. The same teams will soon be playing the men's semi-final. Toss at 6.30pm for that, and the match starts at 7. Do join us for that too. Cheers


"Daley started off well," says Merissa Aguilleira. "But I guess the batting fell apart. In the beginning we didn't get it together. We had just one good partnership. Perry and Lisa bowled really well, so I guess we have to say hats off to them. Congrats to Australia, and we want to thank the supporters who have come down here and fans back home. We are disappointed, I am sure they are disappointed, but we will come back again."

"We had great belief in the team," says Jodie Fields. "It would have been nice to get 140, but we knew 115 was enough with our bowling attack. Thought there would be more for the seam bowlers in it, but Perry and Hunter were good. We'll bring it on for the final, and are just going home now and support the Aussie men."

"With a fairly low total it was important to start well with the ball," says Player Of The Match Elysse Perry. "It was also nice to see Lisa bowl that well, and fr Hunter to pick five was really wonderful. It was also nice to see the work the spinners did."

So it's the usual suspects in the final now. Australia, after this comfortable win, will face England in the final. West Indies were excellent in the field, and their spinners did a decent job on a slow pitch, but that 115 looked just about enough at half time. The Australian bowlers lived up to the expectations with their quick women taking seven wickets, one catch and a run-out between them. Bowling around 120ks, swinging the ball, they proved to be the difference. And they were good to watch too, because it is tempting to not give the ladies pace to work with and capitalise on the lack of power-hitting. The Aussies, though, went after the wickets, and got them






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