Oz women enter World T20 finals following semi-final win over Windies

ANI| Last Updated: Apr 04, 2014, 09:05 AM IST

Sydney: The Australian women`s cricket team has entered the finals of the women`s World Twenty20 tournament after claiming an intense semi-final victory over West Indies in Dhaka on Thursday.

The Southern Stars won by eight runs with an opening total of 140 against Merissa Aguilleira`s side, who has fallen to Australia for the third time in many years in a knockout match, having lost to them in the 2012 tournament`s semi-finals and the 2013 World Cup decider.

According to News.com.au, although West Indian Deandra Dottin led a late charge with 40 runs, along with a 73-run partnership with Stacy-Ann King, however, the Stars managed to defend their title for this time when `Player of the Match` Erin Osborne caught Dottin on the fence in the penultimate over.

Elyse Villani got Australia off to a powerful start, hitting seven fours on her way to a top-score of 3, while the report mentioned that a steady 29 runs from captain Meg Lanning helped push the total along before Alyssa Healy hit an unbeaten quick-fire 30.

Australia will next face either England or South Africa, who play in the second semi-final on Friday, the report added.