Windies stun Australia, set up repeat clash in final
On Wednesday, the underdogs turned the site of despair into a threshold of triumph after they beat the same opposition at the same venue to enter their maiden World Cup final. Needing a win to qualify, the West Indies defended their total of 164 to beat the Aussies by eight runs. This was Australia's first loss in the tournament.
Both Australia, who had already booked their berth ahead of their final league match, and the West Indies secured eight points from four wins in the Super Six stage. Defending 164, the odds were always going to be stacked against the Windies. And Australia were comfortably placed at 130 for 4 and needed only 35 runs from more than 11 overs. However, three quick wickets (Alex Blackwell, Jodie Fields and Julie Hunter) in the space of 14 balls turned the match on its head. West Indies displayed plenty of zeal and enthusiasm on the field and, led by Shanel Daley (3/22) and Stefanie Taylor (2/26), bowled with a lot of discipline. They took the last six wickets for 26 runs, including three run outs.
Earlier, the West Indies batsmen struggled, with only Deandra Dottin managing to dominate the Australian seam attack. Dottin scored 60 off 67 balls, with a six and 10 fours to guide West
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