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In a Nail-Biter, Australian Women Beat England to Enter the Finals

Three-time defending champions Australia have stepped closer to a fourth successive Women’s WT20 title.

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Three-time defending champions Australia have stepped closer to a fourth successive Women’s World Twenty20 title, with an impressive five-run win over old rivals England in the first semi-final on Wednesday.

Australia captain Meg Lanning hit 55 off 50 balls to steer her team to 132/6 after they were sent in to bat on a slow pitch at the Ferozeshah Kotla. England, runners-up to Australia in 2012 and 2014, were kept down to 127/7 despite an opening stand of 67 in 10 overs between skipper Charlotte Edwards (31) and Tammy Beaumont (32).



Three-time defending champions Australia have stepped closer to a fourth successive Women’s WT20 title.
Australia captain Meg Lanning hit 55 off 50 balls to steer her team to 132/6. (Photo: AP)

Australia await the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final between New Zealand and the West Indies in Mumbai in the title clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

Their innings was anchored by their captain Lanning, who came in to bat at the fall of the first wicket in the sixth over and stayed till the 20th to help her team record their highest total in the tournament. Lanning, ranked world’s number 1, hit six boundaries.

They were 121/3 after 18 overs, and conceded ground by losing three wickets in the final two overs for the addition of just 11 runs. Natalie Sciver was England’s most successful bowler with 2/22 while Laura Marsh finished with 1/18.



Three-time defending champions Australia have stepped closer to a fourth successive Women’s WT20 title.
Natalie Sciver was England’s most successful bowler. (Photo: AP)

England were coasting at 89/1 in the 14th over but then managed just another 38 runs for the loss of six wickets as Australia turned on the screws. Megan Schutt claimed 2/15.

We knew the PowerPlay was crucial and that got us ahead. We were able to build on the momentum. And the bowlers did a great job to pull things back.
Meg Lanning

Lanning said it did not matter whether the undefeated New Zealand or the West Indies made it to the final.

We don’t mind facing either of them. New Zealand have obviously done well so far in the tournament and the West Indies are capable of doing anything, even putting 160 on the board. It should be a good match and we will be ready for either of them.
Meg Lanning

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