Calcutta: Five-time champions Australia stormed into the final of the Women's World Cup after thrashing Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their second Super Six match at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
Australia chased down Sri Lankas paltry 131 in just 22.2 overs. In contrast to the Sri Lankans, who took 206 deliveries to reach the three-digit mark, Australia scored at slightly faster pace than run-a-ball to get to 100 in only 96 balls.
Openers Meg Lanning and Rachael Haynes provided a solid platform as the duo stitched a 55-run partnership.
Haynes scored an unbeaten 71 off 61 balls laced with nine fours and two sixes, while Lanning hit a 36-ball 37 studded with six fours and a six.
In another match, England’s Anya Shrubsole took career best figures of five wickets for just 17 runs to help the defending champions beat South Africa by seven wickets in Cuttack.
In Cuttack: South Africa 77 in 29.3 overs (A Shrubsole 5/17).England 81/3 in 9.3 overs. England won by seven wickets
In Mumbai: Sri Lanka 131 in 45.2 overs (D. Rasangika 43; E. Orborne 3/9, L. Sthalekar 2/26); Australia 132/1 in 22.2 overs (M Lanning 37, R Haynes 71 not out) Australia won by nine wickets