Australia's Women Annihilate West Indies To Reach World T20 Final
Australia's women are through to their fifth straight World Twenty20 final, with Alyssa Healy shaking off a concussion to again be Australia's best in a 71-run flogging of West Indies.
Overcoming a week-long battle to play in Antigua, Healy claimed her fourth player-of-the-match award in five games, top-scoring in Australia's 5-142 before the hosts were rolled for 71.
She then backed it up with three dismissals with the gloves, including a nifty run-out to begin the rot before Ellyse Perry claimed two early wickets to finish 2-2 off two overs.
The better of the pair was her ball to dismiss the dangerous Deandra Dottin (6) in a wicket-maiden to start her spell as the West Indian chopped one on that jagged back.
Perry also had Shemaine Campbelle caught pulling at square leg for 7 as the pressure began to mount on the defending champions at a sold-out Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Meanwhile Healy's run out was class, catching opener Hayley Matthews (5) out of her ground after she defended a ball from Sophie Molineux.
"You only get one brain so it's about using the downtime when you get it and making sure you get it back right," Healy said after a collision last week left her in doubt.
"I had the perfect medical staff around me to allow me to do just that."
Windies captain Stefanie Taylor (16 off 28) was the only of the hosts to reach double figures before Molineux (1-14) had her caught, while Delissa Kimmince (2-17) and Ashleigh Gardner (2-15) claimed two scalps.
The win puts Australia through to Sunday's (AEDT) decider, where they play the winner of England and India in the bid for their fourth title.
Healy had earlier appeared the only player comfortable against the West Indian spinners on a wicket that offered plenty of grip.
The opener used her crease well to manipulate the ball behind and square of the wicket and struck one big six down the ground off quick Shakera Selman.
She was eventually caught trying to sweep Aly Fletcher, falling just three short of her seventh half-century in nine innings but still forming part of a 51-run stand with captain Meg Lanning (31 off 39).
Haynes (25 not out from 15) then turned it on against the quicks late with four boundaries, while Ashleigh Gardner (14 off 10) was the only other Australian to go at more than a-run-a-ball.
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