|West Indies’ Natasha McLean reacts after their loss to Australia
Calcutta: Australia survived a Deandra Dottin-led late charge from the West Indies to remain in contention for a hat-trick of Women World T20 titles with a win in the first semi-final in Mirpur.
Dottin, in the company of Stacy-Ann King, kept West Indies in the chase of 141 with a 78-run stand that came in 8.4 overs. However, her dismissal in the penultimate over proved costly to West Indies.
In the end, West Indies could manage 132 for four with Dottin scoring 40. Earlier, Elys Villani top scored for Australia with 35 runs.
After the openers had provided West Indies with a solid platform, much depended on how Dottin would respond to an increasing required rate which had climbed to 9.3 at the end of 10 overs. Dottin mixed caution with aggression.
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 mid-wicket, effectively ending West Indies’ chances.
West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira said that they allowed Australia to score 20 runs more than they should have.
“I think they got 20 runs too many,” Aguilleira said. “We were in good positions but we lost them. I think that's an area we need to look at. We were in control to restrict them to a respectable total.
“I think both (dismissals were crucial). They (Dottin and Taylor) are the two main batters in the team. It was really pleasing to see other individuals stepping up to the plate but Taylor's run out was very touching to us. We had King and Dottin batting, and they looked good but it was hard to see her getting out.
“Coming in here, we knew we were playing the world champions. They weren't going to give up their position just like that. Australia are in the top of the table, and we are in a stage of development. I think the improvement from my team is good,” the Windies captain said.
Australia 140/5 in 20 ovs (E. Villani 35). West Indies 132/4 in 20 ovs (D. Dottin 40). Australia won by 8 runs