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The semi-final lineup for the women’s WorldT20 2018 has been set. We think that everyone can agree that the four best teams of the competition have made it to the semi-finals and will compete for the biggest prize in women’s T20 cricket.
With four wins from four matches, the West Indian women have topped Group A and will be taking on Australia from Group B. Australia finished the group stage in the second position after its loss to India and this sets up an absolutely mouth-watering clash between two highly favored teams.
West Indies has been dominant in the group stages and clearly helped by the home crowd behind it. Australia was professional and almost dismissive of the teams it came up against before losing to India.
Which side is going to prevail in this tense encounter?
We are not sure if the West Indies would have been happy to have won the last group match and face Australia in the semi-final or not but that is the task they now have ahead of it. The fearless manner in which the home side has played this tournament has caught the attention of the supporters and it is no surprise that the West Indies always have plenty of people cheering it on.
The architect of its last match against England and one of the most impressive players for the West Indies in this tournament is Deandra Dottin. The all-rounder has been promoted to the top of the order to try and take advantage of the field restrictions with her big hitting.
She top-scored against England with 46 and took two wickets as well. She also recorded figured of 5 for 5 in the first match she played so there is no doubt she is in good form.
The West Indies often get a lot of attention for their strong batting lineup but we would like to focus on their bowling first. The side has been very good to have the services of dependable players like Connell and Selman.
Both of them are very economical and ratchet up the pressure on the opposition. This often allows players like Taylor, Dottin, Fletcher, and even Matthews to come in and take wickets.
The West Indian bowling attack is very disciplined with a hint of ‘X’ factor thrown in as well.
There are some formidable batters that will be looked to in these upcoming two big matches. Matthews at the top of the order has scored some runs in this tournament as has Taylor. These two and Dottin make up a strong top-3.
Campbelle, McClean, and Knight are all pretty capable batters too with some runs and time in the middle for each one.
The problem for the West Indies has been inconsistency in the batting. One or two players have played an important inning but we are yet to see the batting order really fire. The room for mistakes against a side like Australia is not too much.
Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning, Ashleigh Gardner, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Sophie Molineux, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt.
The biggest question on the lips of every Australian supporter is going to be about the health of Alyssa Healy? Is Alyssa Healy fit to play the semi-final? The reports coming out from the camp suggest that she is fit.
She suffered a minor concussion against India and did not take the field after that. It is emerging now that the management probably wanted her to have as much rest as possible before the semi-final and potentially final of the WorldT20.
Healy has been absolutely essential to the Australian squad and without her, the batting starts to look a lot more ordinary. If for some reason Alyssa Healy is unable to play the semi-final of the women’s WorldT20 then Australia’s chances take a dive.
A look at the stats shows that Healy and Mooney at the top of the order have managed to cover up for the other Australian batters. It may be that the players down the order have not got a chance to play too many deliveries but the West Indies will definitely feel that they have a chance of running through the order with some early wickets.
Meg Lanning has been a bit subdued so far but this big occasion could spur her on as well.
Haynes and Perry have got a few runs in the middle order but for Australia to win against a strong West Indian lineup, the top order has to be the one doing the bulk of the scoring.
The Australia bowling got its first real challenge against India in the last match and it did not too well.
Four of the six bowlers used had an economy rate of over 7.50 or more. Two out of them had an economy rate of over 10.00. These are big numbers for women’s cricket and showed why the batting was put under pressure.
Kimmince, Molineux, and Schutt will all want to be better under pressure when it comes to the semi-final. The Australian side will know that West Indies has been a bit inconsistent with its batting this tournament. There is a definite opportunity for the Australians to get the upper hand with some disciplined bowling.
Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin, Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle, Natasha McLean, Britney Cooper, Kycia Knight, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell.
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The semi-finals and the final are going to be played in North Sound. The weather forecast for the upcoming week looks to be quite good and we are hopeful of getting the matches in without any major interruptions.
The pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound is usually pretty slow. It helps the spinners a little and is not the most conducive for big hitting. The pitches in this tournament have been pretty good so far and we hope that a flat batting deck which allows exciting cricket to be played is prepared.
The West Indies side definitely has the momentum. It is unbeaten in the tournament, have the home advantage, and is the defending champion. Australia is supremely experienced and is used to bringing its best to the big games. Australia has also beaten the West Indies in four out of the last five matches they have played against them.
Back Australia to win.
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