West Indies Looked Demoralized in the Field
Australia dominated West Indies to reach Women’s World Cup final. The Aussies can now reclaim their Women’s World Cup. The rain-shortened semi-final saw the West Indies crushed by 157 runs.
Alyssa Healy struck a magnificent 129 and paired with Rachael Haynes in a 216-run opening stand as Australia made 305-3 in Wellington on Wednesday this week.
The persistent fog forced the organizers to compress the match into a 45-over contest. The two teams played each other at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.
West Indies posed no danger in the contest, held to 148-8 after 37 overs, with two players unable to bat.
This will be recorded as Australia’s eighth consecutive win in New Zealand. It secured the world No 1 side’s position in the final for the first time since 2013.
Australia will play the final against the winner of the game between England and South Africa.
West Indies looked demoralized in the field, squandering a glut of chances to secure a breakthrough wicket. Hayley Matthews and Shamilia Connell both dropped easy chances to dismiss Haynes just after her half-century.
In fact, things were so bad for the Windies that Anisa Mohammed pulled her hamstring while chasing down a Healy boundary. She was a replacement for spinner Afy Fletcher who is suffering from Covid.
Attention now turns to Christchurch for Thursday’s semi-final between South Africa and England, and Sunday’s final, both at Hagley Oval.