Mighty Australia beat West Indies by 157 Runs to enter Final of World Cup 2022

On Wednesday, in the first semi-final of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, West Indies were chasing 306 in 45 overs against Australia at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The match was reduced to 45 over per side due to rain.

 

Mighty Australia beat West Indies by 157 Runs to enter Final of World Cup 2022. PC: ICC/GettyImages
Mighty Australia beat West Indies by 157 Runs to enter Final of World Cup 2022. PC: ICC/GettyImages

 

West Indies did not get off to the best of starts as they lost their opening batter, Rashada Williams, cheaply for a 10-ball duck in the fourth over. The other opener in Deandra Dottin joined hands with Hayley Matthews to build a partnership, but Dottin (34 runs off 35 balls) just when she was looking good, perished while trying to take the attack to the opposition. Matthews then combined forces with captain Stafanie Taylor to stitch a 47-run partnership for the third wicket before she was sent packing by Jess Jonassen.

Matthews scored 34 runs off 49 balls. Apart from Dottin, Matthews and Taylor (48 runs off 75 balls), there were no major contributions from the rest of the West Indian batting line-up. They were reduced to 8-148 in 37 overs, losing the match by 157 runs. The last two batters, including Anisa Mohammed and Chinelle Henry did not come out to bat due to fitness issues.

For Australia, the left arm spinner Jess Jonassen was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 2-14 in five overs. Apart from Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tahlia McGrath, Alana King and Ashleigh Gardner picked up one wicket each. Darcie Brown was the lone bowler who went wicket-less. The Australian bowlers had a great outing at the office as they restricted West Indies to a modest score of 148 in 37 overs to win the match by a massive margin of 157 runs.

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Australia’s Alyssa Healy won the player of the match for her match-winning batting performance. The right-handed opening batter muscled 129 runs off 107 balls.

With this win, Australia entered their seventh final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup. Australia will play the winner of the South Africa and England match in the finals on April 3 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. West Indies on the other hand have been knocked out of this edition of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

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