A double-century opening stand carried event favourites Australia to a commanding 157-run win over the West Indies on Wednesday and a spot within the Girls’s World Cup remaining. Australia dominated their rain-shortened semi-final in Wellington from the outset, constructed round a 216-run stand — the best of the event — between skilled openers Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes. An imposing rating of 305 for 3 off a lowered 45 overs was by no means threatened by the West Indies, who succumbed for 148 within the thirty seventh over.
The six-time champions Australia are unbeaten on the 50-over event and can face both South Africa or 2017 winners England within the remaining in Christchurch on Sunday.
Play began practically two hours late due to misty rain and Healy, particularly, struggled for timing within the early phases after Australia had been despatched in on a humid Basin Reserve pitch.
She accelerated because the solar got here out, posting 129 off 107 balls to register a fourth one-day worldwide century and fell 4 runs in need of her career-best rating.
The wicketkeeper-batter used her ft to wonderful impact towards the spin-based Caribbean assault, smashing 17 fours and a six.
She did not hit a boundary till the twelfth over however mentioned Haynes had reminded her to stay affected person.
“I hope I’ve discovered my lesson by now, that it would not essentially must occur unexpectedly,” Healy mentioned. “I really like batting with Rach, she’s a relaxing affect.”
Haynes compiled 85 off 100 balls whereas the late runs got here by way of unbeaten knocks from captain Meg Lanning (26) and Beth Mooney (43).
It was a disappointing efficiency from the sixth-ranked West Indies, who had been unfastened within the subject, dropping a handful of possibilities, and so they struggled for momentum with the bat.
Captain Stefanie Taylor was their prime scorer with a cautious 48, however she lacked assist after top-order pair Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews each departed for 34.
Their hopes weren’t helped by accidents suffered within the subject to bowlers Chinelle Henry and Anisa Mohammed, with neither capable of bat, that means Australia wanted to take solely eight wickets.
Taylor mentioned her gamers felt like they had been on the again foot from the outset as Healy and Haynes established themselves.
“A partnership like that deflates the crew and, the stress they utilized, we could not recover from that,” she mentioned.
“If you seemed up, they had been 100 with out loss and all of the dropped catches did not assist us.”
Lanning was relaxed that her crew weren’t pushed to the restrict.
“I have been concerned in some very traumatic semi-finals previously and we got here in anticipating a really tough recreation,” she mentioned.
“The West Indies bowled effectively on the entrance and put us beneath stress but it surely was a very good recreation plan we had, to construct a very good base.”
The second semi-final pits defending champions England towards second-ranked South Africa in Christchurch on Thursday, a repeat of the 2017 last-four thriller that was determined within the remaining over.
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