Aussie women into final

  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 19:02 BST

Defending champions Australia reached the final of the women's World Twenty20 with an eight-run victory over West Indies in Dhaka.

Australia's women are just one win away from glory
Australia's women are just one win away from glory

Opener Elyse Villani led the way with seven fours in her 35 off 32 balls as Australia posted a total of 140-5 after opting to bat first.

Skipper Meg Lanning (29) took control after Villani departed in the eighth over and Alyssa Healy applied a final flourish to the innings with 30 not out from 21 deliveries.

West Indies finished short in reply on 132-4 despite all of their top four making starts.

Kycia A Knight (21) and Stafanie Taylor (24) put on a 43-run opening stand and No 3 Deandra Dottin then upped the tempo with four fours and a six in her 40. 

Dottin holed out off seamer Sarah Coyte's bowling to end a 73-run partnership with Stacy-Ann King for the third wicket and leave West Indies needing 20 off the final 10 balls.

That proved beyond King (36no) as, with 14 still required, pace bowler Rene Farrell (1-25) conceded only five singles and dismissed Merissa Aguilleira during a pinpoint final over.

England take on South Africa in the other semi-final in Dhaka on Friday. The final is scheduled for Sunday at the same venue when Australia will be aiming to complete a hat-trick of World T20 titles.