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Women’s World T20 boils down to the Final Four

We are just three matches away from finding out the Women’s World T20 Champion. Four teams – West Indies, England, India, and Australia, stand in the contention of the glittering trophy. All four teams have been impressive in their performances so far. Here is a look back on their journey to the semi-finals so far.

West Indies

The hosts were burdened by the added pressure of being the defending champions. However, they have sailed through the group round without any trouble. West Indies enjoyed a smashing start as they skittled Bangladesh for only 46 runs. Deandra Dottin registered miraculous figures of 5/5 in 3.4 overs.

Stephanie Taylor and co also raised their hands in subsequent matches, and the home team cruised through the opposition’s lineup. West Indies defeated England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, and emerged as the undisputed leader of the Group A. With remarkable local support behind; West Indies will be the favorites.

India

It was India’s Captain Harmanpreet Kaur who turned the spotlight on the Women’s World Cup with an astounding 103 from 51 balls in the opening match against New Zealand. India’s march into the competition ever since has been dominating and like the hosts, they have also crushed every opponent standing in their past.

After humbling New Zealand, Pakistan, and Ireland, India’s most daunting challenge was taking on Australia. It was then that Smriti Mandhana stepped up from her slump of runs and scored a fantastic 83 from 55 balls. With all guns blazing, India women are aiming at glory.

England

The ODI champions had a dampening start to their campaign as their first match against Sri Lanka was washed out. The second game almost faced a similar fate, but fortunately for England, they snapped a victory on Duckworth-Lewis ruling. Taking the matters into their own hands, the English women annihilated South Africa and moved one step closer to the Semi-final berth.

England did go down to the West Indies in the final group match, but they fought hard. Now they confront India, whom they are unbeaten against in four previous World T20 meetings.

Australia

The finalist of the 2016 T20 World Cup will be hoping to clinch the title this around. The Southern Stars had an extraordinary start to their campaign. The opener and wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy scored 157 runs in the first three matches and proved vital in Aussie wins. Unfortunately, she was injured in the last group match against India, and it punctured the Australian chase. Her fitness for the semi-final against West Indies remains doubtful.

Fixtures

Semi-final 1 – West Indies vs Australia, 22nd November

Semi-final 2 – India vs England, 22nd November

Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound

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