Australia Women survived a Deandra Dottin-led late charge from West Indies Women to remain in contention for a hat-trick of World T20 titles after a tight win in the first semi-final in Mirpur.
Dottin, in the company of Stacy-Ann King, kept West Indies interested in the chase of 141 with a 78-run stand that came in 8.4 overs, but her dismissal in the penultimate over continued her team’s trend of sliding against Australia in a World Cup knockout match.
West Indies had been stung by Australia in the final of the ODI World Cup last year and in the semi-final of the World T20 in Sri Lanka before that.
After the openers had provided West Indies with a solid platform, much depended on how Dottin, West Indies’ second-best batsman in the tournament behind Stafanie Taylor, would respond to an increasing required rate which had climbed to 9.3 at the end of 10 overs.
Dottin, though, opted for a careful approach rather than an all-out attack as her run-scoring load for lessened by an aggressive King at the other
However, she didn’t let any loose delivery go unpunished – full-tosses were swatted away and shorter ones were pulled hard.
She brought up the half-century of the partnership with a muscular hoick over long-on bringing down the equation to 43 off 28 balls.
But with 20 needed off 11, she smashed a low full-toss from Sarah Coyte straight into the hands of deep midwicket, effectively ending West Indies’ chances.
West Indies’ highest total to win a T20I was 140 and Australia had much to thank Alyssa Healy – who normally opens the innings but batted at No. 7 – for pushing the target beyond that number. (Cricinfo)