Windies Women reach first-ever final

April 01, 2016
AP West Indies' cricketers celebrate after winning their match against New Zealand during their ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016 cricket semi-final at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday.

MUMBAI, CMC:

West Indies Women stormed into their first ever final of a Twenty20 World Cup when they outplayed New Zealand Women by six runs in the second semi-final of the 2016 edition at the Wankhede Stadium here yesterday.

Having previously gone out at the semi-final stage of the last three T20 World Cups, the Caribbean girls made no mistake this time around, rattling up a challenging 143 for six off their 20 overs and then bowling well to restrict the Kiwis to 137 for eight.

Sent in, West Indies Women were propelled by a top score of 61 from Britney Cooper, who fashioned her maiden half-century in T20s.

She faced 48 balls and counted five fours and two sixes and put on 60 for the second wicket with captain Stafanie Taylor who scored 25. Cooper added another 44 for the third wicket with Deandra Dottin who got 20.

Seamer Sophie Devine was the best bowler, producing a career-best performance of four for 22 from her four overs.

In reply, New Zealand Women were undermined by Taylor, who claimed three for 26 with her incisive off-spin while leg-spinner Afy Fletcher proved economical, conceding just 20 runs from her four overs and taking one wicket.

In reply, the Kiwis lost Rachel Priest in the third over for six with the score on 11 when she missed a heave at speedster Shamilia Connell and lost her off stump.

Taylor dealt the innings two crippling blows in the 17th over, getting the left-handed Satterthwaite to hole out to Shemaine Campbelle on the ropes at midwicket and off the next ball, having McGlashan caught at deep extra cover again by Campbelle.

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