Antigua (November 24, 2018): England marched into the final of the Women’s World T20 with a commanding eight-wicket victory over India in the second semi-final at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.
The final will be played today, Saturday at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
After limiting the previously unbeaten Indians to 112 all out off 19.3 overs, the English made light work of a potentially tricky target with an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 94 between “Player of the Match” Amy Jones (53 not out) and all-rounder Natalie Sciver (52 not out) seeing them home with almost three overs to spare.
That second result formalised another meeting of the traditional Ashes rivals in Saturday’s final at the same venue after Australia dashed the hopes of title holders and hosts West Indies with a crushing 71-run win in the first match of the semi-final double-header.That result was a massive disappointment for a huge home crowd but reinforced the consistent excellence of the top-ranked team in the women’s T20 game who by that result went some way towards making amends for losing the final to the Caribbean side in Kolkata two-and-a-half years ago.
Any hopes for a thrilling second semi final also disappeared after the Indians lost their last eight wickets for just 23 runs after choosing to bat first.
England captain Heather Knight finished with three for nine with her off-spinners on a helpful pitch while Kirstie Gordon was another of the slow bowlers to capitalise on the conditions. Her spell of two for 20 included the all-important wicket of captain and star batter Harmanpreet Kaur.In a surprise decision, the previously unbeaten Indians did not recall experienced batter Mithali Raj into the final eleven, choosing to retain the same team which defeated Australia in their final group game in Guyana five days earlier.
West Indies, who were also unchanged for the fourth straight match, were again let down by their top order batting in pursuit of a target of 143 to get the final.
Australia will face England, who beat India in the second semi-final, in Saturday’s championship match at the same venue.