MUMBAI, India -- A spirited West Indies Women claimed an eight-run victory over Australia at the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 to secure a spot in the Grand Final for the first time in its 40-year history.
It is also the first time the Windies Women have beaten Australia in an ODI.
The two teams will face-off again at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday in a day/night fixture that will be broadcast around the globe in High Definition by the ICC’s Broadcast Partner Star Sports.
“Words cannot express what I am feeling right now,” said Windies Women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira.
“I am completely overwhelmed. We have been through a lot as a team. Our bowlers did a fantastic job. I felt some panic happening in their camp and I think that’s the time we started to attack them more.
“We realised that as long as we were bowling in correct areas, we will get wickets and that’s exactly what happened.”
Choosing to bat on a typically easy-paced Middle Income Group Ground, the Windies Women were dismissed for 164 before squeezing the Australian batting with some tight bowling to dismiss the finalists for 156 to complete a historic win.
It was West Indies’ first ever win over Australia in an ODI and in return Australia’s first loss of the ICC WWC 2013.
The Windies Women’s batting against proved to be inconsistent, at one point, the side was reeling at 92 for seven in the 25th over, before all-rounder Deandra Dottin, demoted to No.7, propped up the batting with a dazzling 60 including 10 fours and a six.
“Deandra has a natural ability to stroke the ball well,” said Aguilleira. “It’s a God-given talent. She is using it well, but she is not using it enough though.”
The Australian bowling attack once again proved disciplined, bowling good line and lengths to keep their opponents in check and star bowlers, Holly Ferling (3-27) and Megan Schutt (3-50) were the pick of the Southern Stars team.
Australia Women looked likely to secure victory, when in the 39th over, they were 130 for four, but it all went wrong for the current ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions when they lost their last six wickets for just 26.
Australia Women were in trouble early, losing stylish opener Meg Lanning, bowled by left-arm spinner Shanel Daley.
Lanning’s opening partner Rachael Haynes was next out with the score at 32. Jess Cameron and Lisa Sthalekar attempted to stabilise the innings, but it was up to captain and vice-captain, Jodie Fields and Alex Blackwell respectively, to try and resurrect the innings with a 41-run partnership.
Blackwell’s dismissal for 45 triggered a mini collapse as the Aussies lost three wickets for one run.
The lower order failed to provide the required runs, with two run-outs and thus helping the West Indies secure itself a place in the ICC Women’s World Cup final for the first time.
“I don’t think it’s ever good to have a loss,” said Fields. “We came out to win the match. We wanted to go through the tournament undefeated, but credit to the West Indies. They played well.
“We have to go away now and focus on training. We are going to play them in the Final. At least we got a chance to look at what they are doing in their game and hopefully it should help us in the Final.”
Australia lost three wickets to run-outs in the chase, but Fields did not think it was something to be worried about going into the Final.
“We lost a couple of wickets to running between the wickets,” she said. “But I am happy to see the girls be positive.
“We had to score runs and sometime you have to take risks and to West Indies’ credit, they got some run outs. It is something we will go away and work on before the Final.”
WEST INDIES (50 overs maximum)
J. Nero c Fields b Schutt 1
N. McLean lbw b Ferling 26
S. Campbelle lbw b Schutt 0
Kyshona Knight c Fields b Ferling 8
S. Taylor b Ferling 5
*+M. Aguilleira c Cameron b Sthalekar 7
D. Dottin b Osborne 60
S. Daley b Schutt 4
S. Quintyne c Sthalekar b Osborne 15
A. Mohammed not out 5
T. Smartt c Haynes b Hunter 10
Extras (b5, lb3, w15) 23
TOTAL (all out, 47 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Nero, 4.6 overs); 2-31 (Campbelle, 8.5); 3-36 (McLean, 10.4); 4-53 (Taylor, 14.6); 5-59 (Kyshona Knight, 18.3); 6-86 (Aguilleira, 23.1); 7-92 (Daley, 24.6); 8-135 (Dottin, 35.3); 9-151 (Quintyne, 41.5 ov)
Bowling: Schutt 10-1-50-3 (w6); Hunter 8-2-22-1; Ferling 7-1-27-3 (w8); Sthalekar 10-2-24-1 (w1); Osborne 9-4-16-2; Chappell 3-0-17-0
AUSTRALIA (target: 165 off 50 overs)
M. Lanning b Daley 0
R. Haynes C Kyshona A Knight b Daley 21
J. Cameron b Quintyne 39
A. Blackwell lbw b Taylor 45
L. Sthalekar run out (Campbelle) 6
*+J. Fields c Nero b Smartt 18
E. Osborne c Aguilleira b Daley 19
J. Hunter run out (Mohammed) 0
R. Chappell lbw b Taylor 3
M. Schutt run out (Daley) 1
H. Ferling not out 0
Extras (lb3, nb1) 4
TOTAL (all out, 48.2 overs) 156
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Lanning, 1.5 overs); 2-32 (Haynes, 11.3); 3-79 (Cameron, 23.5); 4-89 (Sthalekar, 25.6); 5-130 (Blackwell, 38.5); 6-130 (Fields, 39.4); 7-131 (Hunter, 40.6); 8-140 (Chappell, 44.1); 9-156 (Schutt, 47.5)
Bowling: Smart 10-4-22-1 (nb1); Daley 9.2- 1-22-3; Taylor 10-1-26-2; Mohammed 9-2-38-0; Dottin 4-0-16-0; Quintyne 6-0-29-1
Result: West Indies won by eight runs
Points: West Indies Women 2, Australia Women 0
Toss: West Indies Women
Player-of-the-match: D. Dottin (West Indies Women)
Umpires: K. Cross (New Zealand), S. George (South Africa)
Match referee: D. Jukes (England)
Reserve umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka)