Australia reach fourth WT20 final
England has been defeated by The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars by five runs after a spectacular fightback securing a position in their 4th consecutive WT20 semi-final. Meg Lanning scored a half century which aided the Stars give England an easy target of 133 in their semi-final match which was played at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi. Watching England openers slashing a pretty fine score of 67, it seemed that England would comfortably win the match. However the bowlers exerted a strong fightback and England lost 6 wickets for 28 in just 5 overs. All this magic happened from 14th-19th overs.
After openers Elyse Villani and Alyssa Healy pushed Australia in the power play to 1-47, Lanning’s beautiful 55 from 50 balls drove the Southern Stars to 6-132, which was their maximum total in the tournament so far. Villani and Healy did a most progressive start yet, crashing the daring new-ball pair English team; Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt as they reached to 0-41 in 5 overs. England opted for couple of spin spells as they planned to control the attack by the Aussie batting line and Laura Marsh was unsuccessful not to hit in her 1st over, Villani was wiped out by Jenny Gunn, before Natalie Sciver, the medium-pacer, found the breakthrough.
Sciver faced an inauspicious start; the allrounder needed to fetch a medical assistance after facing a Brunt return throw on her temple. To her fortune, she was given the all clear call, resulting in a trap for Villani for her 19 off 20 balls. The wicket was followed by Healy, who got out attempting a reverse sweep to Marsh. While Ellyse Perry and Lanning were at the crease, Jenny Gunn and Marsh did a commendable job of pushing back the pair. Perry went to pavilion after scoring a 10, while Lanning remained persistent, scoring up her 50 from 45 balls that proved a vital knock later. At the end of Australia’s innings, England seemed quite happy with their fight back. England did a good start and it looked quite easy that they would win the match. However, the Southern Stars limited the English team within 127 and won the position in WCT20 fianls.