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Australia women vs West Indies women
2018 Women's World T20 semi-final
|Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound|
|Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to field|
|Australia women||West Indies women|
It’s a rematch of the 2016 final, Australia and the West Indies will fight it out for the first spot in this year’s decider during the first semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match from 7am (AEDT).
As they were in 2016, Australia come into the match as raging favourites. However, on that occasion, the West Indies were more than equal to the challenge, chasing down 148 with just two wickets lost to stop the Australians from taking their fourth consecutive world T20 crown.
On that occasion, it was Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews who were the chief destroyers for the West Indies, and they have both been strong throughout a successful tournament this time around as captain and vice-captain respectively.
They finished top of their group, going through undefeated after destroying Bangladesh, South Africa and Sri Lanka, then squeezing past England in their final group game to ensure they finished top of the pile.
The host nation have had contributions from all over the board though and will be happy with where they are sitting.
What they wouldn’t have been expecting was a match with Australia had they finished top of their group.
It was a loss to India which brought the Aussies perfect run undone, but it showed they still have some flaws to work out in their bowling. While they go from strength to strength, they are still struggling to string 20 overs of consistent lines and lengths together, and it’s made some of the winning margins across their games – namely, New Zealand – lower than they should be.
What the loss also did was expose the batting. Alyssa Healy has been in excellent form, but she has received little in the way of support throughout the tournament at times. Her being out of the last match put the pressure on, and Australia didn’t rise to it, crumbling for 119 with only Ellyse Perry putting up resistance, finishing on 39.
Despite that, Australia have been finding ways to get out of matches with wins and it’d be a surprise if they didn’t manage to do so with someone standing up here.
The Australians are favourites and will have revenge on the mind. The Windies are hard to beat at home, but the Aussies should be able to do it here, so long as they get rid of Stafanie Taylor early doors.
Australia to advance to the final in a close one.
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First ball: 7am (AEDT)
Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound
TV: Live, Fox Cricket 501
Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now
Betting: Australia $1.36, West Indies $3.25
Umpires: Nitin Menon (India) and Langton Rusere (Zimbabwe)
Meg Lanning (c), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
West Indies (squad)
Stafanie Taylor (c), Hayley Matthews (vc), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman