Wellington: Australia’s spectacular form continued as they trounced the West Indies by 157 runs at Wellington’s Basin Reserve to reach the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.
In a rain hit semi-final, the start of which was delayed by an hour and 45 minutes, Alyssa Healy starred with the bat, hitting a superb 107 off 129 balls, which included 17 fours and a six.
She and Rachael Haynes put on 216 runs for the opening partnership with Haynes piling up 85 runs off 100 balls, including nine boundaries.
Beth Mooney chipped in with a well-made 31 off 43, while captain Meg Lanning hit a run-a-ball 26 as Australia Women posted 305/3 in 45 overs.
The bowlers put in an all-round effort to have the West Indies Women all out for 148. Jess Jonassen picked up two wickets, while Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tahlia McGrath, Alana King, and Ashleigh Gardner all claimed one each.
The 157-run drubbing reflected each side’s path to the semi-finals, Australia unbeaten after starting the tournament as overwhelming favourites for the title and West Indies scraping into the top four on India’s last-ball heartbreak at the hands of South Africa in their final group-stage match.
Healey’s and Haynes’ opening partnership of 216 runs was the highest partnership of the tournament so far, surpassing the 196 by Haynes and Meg Lanning for the second wicket against England.
For the West Indies, Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews began the chase aggressively with an eye of the huge target but they both fell for 34. Captain Stafanie Taylor tried to dig in and steady the ship but by then it was too late.
Australia will play the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final between England – the defending champions – and South Africa in the final on Sunday April 3.
Brief scores: Australia – 305 for three in 45 overs (Alyssa Healy 129, Rachael Haynes 85; Chinelle Henry 2/51, Shamilia Connell 1/46). West Indies – 148 all out in 37 overs (Stafanie Taylor 48, Deandra Dottin 34, Hayley Matthews 34; Jess Jonassen 2/14, Megan Schutt 1/8).
Player of the Match: Alyssa Healy (Australia).