The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are into the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 after a nail-biting eight-run defeat of the West Indies in the semi-final in Dhaka.
Batting first the Australian side set a total of 5-140 from their 20 overs, which the West Indies failed to chase down, finishing 4-132. Erin Osborne’s figures of 1-18 from four overs earned her the player-of-the-match award.
Elyse Villani (35) got her side off to a powerful start hitting seven fours in her knock before she was caught out off the bowling of Anisa Mohammed (2-24). A steady 29 runs from captain Meg Lanning helped push the total along before Alyssa Healy hit an unbeaten quick-fire 30* at the end of the innings to take her side’s total to 5-140.
Deandra Dottin (40) anchored the West Indies’ innings and partnered well with Stacy-Ann King (36*) but they fell eight runs short of the set target, finishing 4-132 from their 20 overs. The wickets for the Australian side were shared evenly between Osborne (1-18), Rene Farrell (1-25) and Sarah Coyte (1-28).
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will play the winner of the second semi-final between England and South Africa in the final on Sunday in Dhaka.
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