Australia v WI, Women's World T20, semi-final April 3, 2014

The switch hit that wasn't

Plays of the day for the 1st women's World T20 semi-final between Australia and West Indies

The harmless mix-up
In the first over of the game, the new Australian opening pair of Elyse Villani and Jess Jonassen were involved in a mix-up, only to be saved by the square-leg fielder who picked the wrong end to throw. The Tremayne Smartt delivery struck Jonassen on the pads and while the two batsmen were still deciding which way to go, the throw was to the wicketkeeper where Villani had already reached. However, the throw should have been to the bowler's end as Jonassen was struggling to complete the leg-bye.

The drop
Jonassen survived a second chance at the start of the third over when she tried to chip Shaquana Quintyne but was dropped by Stacy-Ann King at mid-off. She failed to time her jump properly, thus parrying the ball away like a goalkeeper as West Indies looked for their first wicket.

The big wicket
Australia's batting was boosted by Meg Lanning, who carried on after Villani's efforts. She was on 29 off 21 balls with five fours when she was outsmarted by Smartt in the 13th over. The delivery was slightly innocuous to be dragged on to the stumps but that's what Lanning did. Smartt's celebration was fun to watch too, as she took off, and it was evident how much West Indies wanted this particular wicket.

The switch
After Villani and Lanning, the baton was with Alyssa Healy to give Australia a good finish. In the final over, Healy took a left-handed stance to Stafanie Taylor, who didn't deliver the ball but laughed. It drew a smile from Healy too, but Taylor followed it up with a delivery that was far too wide outside the off stump.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Izmi on April 4, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Where World T20 cricket is concerned the aussie women cricketers are far su perior to their male counterparts and know how to win matches. They should get some good advice from their women cricketers how not to panic and win matches without much effort. If they win the finals once again it will be their third successive World Cup T20 title. It was nice to see some of the aussie cricketers watching the aussie women play from the stands especilly Mitchell Starc who would have learnt a few lessons from pacewoman Farrell how to bowl the final over of the innings with the Windies having to score 12 runs to win the match and falling short. If only some of these women cricketers could be included in the mens team probably Watson, Starc, Coulter Nile and Christian will be dropped from the side.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Great work Australia- lets hope we can do three in a row-What a challenge!

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