Villani's 90 sets up Australia win
Australia Women 185 for 2 (Villani 90*, Lanning 50) beat Pakistan Women 91 for 9 (Perry 3-12, Coyte 3-14) by 94 runs
Australia Women have confirmed their entry in the Women's World T20 semi-finals after their 94-run win against Pakistan Women. The second semi-final spot from group A will now be decided when South Africa Women take on New Zealand Women in a virtual quarter-final. If New Zealand win, they will top the group, with Australia behind them, while if South Africa win, they will overtake New Zealand on account of a better net run-rate.
Australia made a sure-footed start to their match after choosing to bat, as openers Alyssa Healy and Elyse Villani put together 61 for the first wicket. Villani anchored the innings after Healy departed and, in the company of Meg Lanning, boosted Australia to a mammoth 185. The pair added 104 at a scoring rate of nearly 10. Lanning was out in the penultimate over for 50 off 33 balls, but it was Villani's innings that set Australia up, her unbeaten 90 coming off 54 balls with six fours and five sixes.
A solid opening stand of 57 off 68 balls was the only bright spot for an otherwise shaky Pakistan. Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof, the openers, were also the only batsmen to score in double figures. Javeria's wicket in the 13th over was followed by a slide which saw Pakistan slump from 61 for 1 to 91 for 9.
Sarah Coyte and Ellyse Perry both took three wickets each, while Jess Jonassen finished with 2 for 14.