Alyssa Healy overcame her concussion symptoms and starred for the Aussies, both with the bat and behind the stumps, in front of a massive West Indian crowd.
As has been the common theme in Australia’s wins this tournament, a whirlwind start at the top of the order from Healy gave her side the platform to produce a very competitive total.
Her partnership with skipper Meg Lanning was crucial, and Healy’s ability to adapt to the conditions and play some deft shots behind the wicket showed their class on a tough pitch.
Deandra Dottin struggled with controlling the ball for the first time this tournament, bowling four wides and conceding 23 runs off of her two overs. Australia capitalised at the death, with Rachael Haynes scoring a crucial 25 off 15 not out.
Australia ended up scoring 64 off the last seven overs, a fantastic effort on a tough pitch. Haynes’ knock took Australia from a probable score of around 130 to 142, a difference that undoubtedly affected the West Indies’ reckless mindset in their innings.
The West Indies needed their top order to fire to win, but a clever run out from a bespectacled Healy put an end to the dangerous Hayley Matthews’ innings. Ellyse Perry’s opening spell broke open the game for Australia, dismissing Dotting and Shemaine Campbelle in consecutive overs.
It was a difficult pitch to bat on – slow and low – and the West Indies struggled to adjust. A procession of wickets followed, with only Taylor reaching double digits. As the run rate climbed, panic set in, and the
Australia’s three spinners and crafty medium pacers were perfectly suited to a pitch that offered turn and reward for variation.
A dropped catch from Ellyse Perry in the second last over was the only blemish on a perfect Australian bowling performance, but it allowed a brilliant stumping from Healy to close the innings – perhaps a fitting end.
Australia will play in the final on Sunday in an attempt to win their fourth World T20.