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WEST INDIES Score: 145/10 II Overs: 43.1 (Kyoshna: 21*)

That’s it! Australia have won the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup by a massive 114 runs beating West Indies in the final to clinch the title. Sthalekar has taken a stunning one-handed catch at short midwicket to end Smartt’s innings. Hunter ends up with a wicket as well. Australia have outclassed their opponent in the final. Lead by Ellyse Peery they defended their total of 259 runs bundling out WI for 145 runs.
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WEST INDIES Score: 145/9 II Overs: 43 (Kyoshna: 21*, Smartt: 0*)

OUT! Australia are just a wicket away from the win! Mohammed was caught at deep midwicket off Osborne. She scored 14 (26b, 4X2). Knight scores a boundary off the fourth delivery. Four runs and a wicket.
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WEST INDIES Score: 141/8 II Overs: 42 (Kyoshna: 17*, Mohammed: 14*)

Kyshona top edges a full toss from Perry to third man region for her second boundary. Five runs from the over. Perry ends her quota of 10 overs with excellent figures 10-3-19-3. Brilliant performance!
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WEST INDIES Score: 136/8 II Overs: 41 (Kyoshna: 13*, Mohammed: 14*)

Mohammed sweeps Osborne’s fifth delivery to deep backward square leg region for a boundary. Five runs from the over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 129/8 II Overs: 40 (Kyoshna: 12*, Mohammed: 9*)

Perry is back. Two runs from her ninth over. There was an appeal for a lbw which was turned down Kyshona went for a run. That was given a leg bye. 10 more overs to go in this match.
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WEST INDIES Score: 129/8 II Overs: 39 (Kyoshna: 12*, Mohammed: 9*)

Osborne has now bowled five overs – two of them maidens. She has given away just 17 runs – 12 of which were scored in her first over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 127/8 II Overs: 38 (Kyoshna: 10*, Mohammed: 9*)

Mohammed scores her boundary but not in a convincing manner. It came off an edge the third man region off Osborne. Six runs came in the over. WI need 133 runs from 12 overs.
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WEST INDIES Score: 121/8 II Overs: 37 (Kyoshna: 10*, Mohammed: 3*)

DROPPED! Schutt has dropped a regulation catch at deep midwicket! Mohammed would have been on her way out without scoring a run but that dropped catch meant she managed a couple. Three runs in the over of Osborne.
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WEST INDIES Score: 118/8 II Overs: 36 (Kyoshna: 10*, Mohammed: 0*)

OUT! Schutt drops it short and Daley goes for the pull. Ends up lobbing it back to the bowler for a simple caught & bowled! She scored 2 (17b). Kyoshna Knight comes back to the crease.
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WEST INDIES Score: 114/7 II Overs: 35 (Daley: 2*, Mohammed: 0*)

OUT! A wicket maiden from Osborne! Quintyne was caught at short leg Blackwell. She scored 2 (7b). Anisa Mohammed comes in to bat at no. 9.
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WEST INDIES Score: 114/6 II Overs: 34 (Daley: 2*, Quintyne: 2*)

Three runs in the over. Daley scored a couple driving Schutt’s third delivery through cover. Haynes managed to save it from crossing the fence as the Windies completed a couple.
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WEST INDIES Score: 111/6 II Overs: 33 (Daley: 0*, Quintyne: 2*)

Erin Osborne, who leaked 12 runs in her first over, comes back into the attack. It’s a maiden. WI need 149 runs from 17 overs.
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WEST INDIES Score: 111/6 II Overs: 32 (Daley: 0*, Quintyne: 2*)

OUT! Short and outside off from Schutt and Campbelle cuts it to the right of Lanning who dives and completes the catch. She scored 11 (13b, 4X1). Two runs and a wicket in the over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 109/5 II Overs: 31 Campbelle: 11*, Daley: 0*)

OUT! Sthalekar removes dangerous Dottin! Considering the pressure situation, Dottin charged down the track but missed the delivery and it hit the leg stump! A wicket that has all but sealed the crown for Australia! She scored 22 (28b, 4X1, 6X2). Six runs and a wicket from the over. Sthalekar has finished her quota of 10 overs in which she took two wickets while conceding just 20 runs.
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WEST INDIES Score: 103/4 II Overs: 30 (Dottin: 21*, Campbelle: 6*)

A good over for West Indies. 11 runs came in this fifth over of Schutt. It included a terrific boundary scored by Dottin between midwicket and long-on region.
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WEST INDIES Score: 92/4 II Overs: 29 (Dottin: 15*, Campbelle: 1*)

Sthalekar has bowled another tight over. The required run rate has now climbed up 8/over. Dottin charged down the ground but could only manage a single off the penultimate delivery.
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WEST INDIES Score: 89/4 II Overs: 28 (Dottin: 14*, Campbelle: 0*)

Schutt is back for a second spell and keeps the pressure up conceding just a single. Shermaine Campbelle is the new batsman in the middle.
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WEST INDIES Score: 88/4 II Overs: 27 (Dottin: 13*, Campbelle: 0*)

OUT! Sthalekar comes back for a second spell and straightway makes a mark! Her first bowl has completely bamboozled Windies skipper Aguilleira who gets bowled. She scored 23 (36b, 4X2, 6X1). Just when things were getting easier for WI, Australia strike back.
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WEST INDIES Score: 88/3 II Overs: 26 (Aguilleira: 23*, Dottin: 13*)

Perry drops it short and Aguilleira plays it through covers for a boundary. A single off the final delivery take the spoils from the over to five.
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WEST INDIES Score: 83/3 II Overs: 25 (Aguilleira: 18*, Dottin: 13*)

A powerful hit from Dottin as she clears a leaping Peery at long-on to record her second six of the match. Nine runs from the over. They need more of such overs in order to be well on course for the target.
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WEST INDIES Score: 74/3 II Overs: 24 (Aguilleira: 16*, Dottin: 6*)

The Australian skipper has brought back Perry just as when West Indies looked to up the ante. The West Indian team acknowledge it and safely negotiate he r six deliveries. A maiden over. Required run rate still over 7 runs per over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 74/3 II Overs: 23 (Aguilleira: 16*, Dottin: 6*)

Dottin immediately makes an impact as she dispatches the second delivery of Sarah Coyte to deep midwicket region for a maximum. Seven runs from the over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 67/3 II Overs: 22 (Aguilleira: 16*, Dottin: 0*)

Kyshona Knight walks off the park after the physio was called in to attend her. Deandra Dottin replaces her in the middle. Meanwhile, Perry gets a relief after bowling an excellent spell. She has been replaced by Erin Osborne. Aguilleira releases the pressure by scoring a boundary and then a biggie off the final two deliveries of the over. 12 runs came in it. A welcome break from the monotonous proceedings.
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WEST INDIES Score: 55/3 II Overs: 21 ( Knight: 5*, Aguilleira: 5*)

Sthalekar completes her second maiden over of the match. With this over the required run rate has crossed 7. West Indies in desperate need of boundaries to ease some pressure. On the other hand Australia look resolute in their quest for another World Championship title.
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WEST INDIES Score: 55/3 II Overs: 20 ( Knight: 5*, Aguilleira: 5*)

Perry continues to bowl from the other end. Her six overs have resulted in three wickets and just eight runs. Brilliant spell from the young Oz. Just two runs from this over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 53/3 II Overs: 19 ( Knight: 4*, Aguilleira: 4*)

Sthalekar has now bowled six overs and conceded just 12 runs. The captain of the Wes Indies’ team needs to rework her strategy. Just three runs came in the over. Boundaries have dried up. Blame this on the pressure that has been created by the Oz blowers.
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WEST INDIES Score: 50/3 II Overs: 18 ( Knight: 3*, Aguilleira: 2*)

Six runs from the over – all from thanks to extras. 4 leg byes off the first delivery as Perry pitched one outside leg and appealed for lbw. However, the ball went to fine leg boundary. Two more runs came in the over courtesy two consecutive wides. The current run rate is 2.77 while the required rate is 6.56.
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WEST INDIES Score: 44/3 II Overs: 17 ( Knight: 3*, Aguilleira: 2*)

Another good over from Sthalekar. Just a single off it. WI need to start scoring now as the run rate is climbing every over. They need another 216 runs from 33 overs with seven wickets in hand.
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WEST INDIES Score: 43/3 II Overs: 16 ( Knight: 2*, Aguilleira: 2*)

Perry still going strong and his fourth over was ending to be a maiden but for Aguilleira who managed to score a couple off her final delivery.
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WEST INDIES Score: 41/3 II Overs: 15 ( Knight: 2*, Aguilleira: 0*)

A maiden over from Sthalekar. Knight has now faced 11 deliveries from Sthalekar and is yet to score a run. At this stage, Australia were 70/1.
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WEST INDIES Score: 41/3 II Overs: 14 ( Knight: 2*, Aguilleira: 0*)

OUT! Perry on a song here! She has picked up her third wicket of the innings in her third over! At this rate by the time she has ended her spell, she will end up taking all Windies wickets! This one was full and straight and McLean was hit on the pad square in front of the wickets and there was absolutely no doubt in the mind of the umpire as he raised his finger. She scored 13 (30b, 4X2)
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WEST INDIES Score: 41/2 II Overs: 13 (McLean: 13*, Knight: 2*)

Kyshona Knight safely negotiates the five deliveries from Sthalekar as WI manage just a single from the over. There was a chance of a run out off the first delivery but Knight was safely hime before the keeper disturbed the bails. Guess whose throw it was? Perry of course! Can't keep her out of the action! Can you?
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WEST INDIES Score: 40/2 II Overs: 12 (McLean 12*, Knight: 2*)

Quite an eventful over from Perry! Though it proved to be a successful one as she removed Stafanie Taylor caught& bowled. Off the first delivery, Taylor, edged one to first slip where Lanning seemd to have taken a good low catch. However, the umpires went upstairs and after a really long discussion gave it as a not out. However, it didn’t matter much as Perry ended up dismissing her later in the over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 38/1 II Overs: 11 ( McLean 12*, Taylor: 5*)

Taylor drives Sthalekar through covers to score her first boundary of the innings after safely negotiating the first three deliveries from the offie. Six runs came in the over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 32/1 II Overs: 10 ( McLean 11*, Taylor: 0*)

Perry strikes in her first over! An angled delivery and Night is hit in front. The Australians ask the question and umpire raises his finger. She scored 17 (35b, 4X2). Ellyse Perry, who is making a comeback after missing the Super Six matches due to injury, comes in to bowl her first over. After two false starts, she finally releases the ball in their third attempt. She looked a bit concern. Her captain came running to her after she successfully bowled her first delivery to make sure if she was all right.
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WEST INDIES Score: 32/0 II Overs: 9 (Knight 17*, McLean 11*)

Off-spinner Lisa Sthalekar introduced into the attack replacing Schutt. Windies can only manage a single from the over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 31/0 II Overs: 8 (Knight 16*, McLean 11*)

Slowly and steadily seems to be the mantra of the Windies team at the moment. McLean cuts Hunter’s final delivery of the over for her second boundary. Five runs came in the over.
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WEST INDIES Score: 26/0 II Overs: 7 (Knight 15*, McLean 7*)

Schutt bowls one outside off and McLean latches on to it to playing it through covers to record her first boundary of the innings. Two more runs came in the over taking the spoils to six.
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WEST INDIES Score: 20/0 II Overs: 6 (Knight 14*, McLean 2*)

Hunter concedes a single off her first delivery to McLean. That is the only run that Windies pair adds to the total as they lead a watchful start to the chase.
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WEST INDIES Score: 19/0 II Overs: 5 (Knight 14*, McLean 1*)

Knight spoils an otherwise good over from Schutt by scoring a boundary off the finald delivery to third man region. Seven runs came in the over including a boundary, a bye and a couple.
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WEST INDIES Score: 12/0 II Overs: 4 (Knight 8*, McLean 1*)

A good over for West Indies as they take eight runs from it. A boundary came in the over off the second delivery as Knight played one to deep midwicket region. Off the next delivery she collected a double while she added another couple to her total off the final delivery.
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WEST INDIES Score: 4/0 II Overs: 3 (Knight 0*, McLean 1*)

Another good over from Schutt as she bowls another maiden. A bottom edge off the bat of McLean went safely to the ground at first slip as she attempted a cut.
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WEST INDIES Score: 4/0 II Overs: 2 (Knight 0*, McLean 1*)

Julie Hunter will share the new ball with Schutt. She concedes four runs in her first – three of them coming off wide deliveries while a single to McLean as a result of a mis-field.
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WEST INDIES Score: 0/0 II Over: 1 (Knight 0*, McLean 0*)

Megan Schutt opens the proceedings for Australia as Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean take guard for West Indies. A good first over from Schutt. A maiden to start with.
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AUSTRALIA Score: 259/7 II Overs: 50 (Fields 36*, Perry 25*)

END OF INNINGS: A strong, strong finish by Fields and Perry here, two experienced campaigners at their best when it matters most. They put on a quick-fire 50-run partnership in 40 balls giving Australia the momentum going into the break.

The match has swung about and at one stage it looked like the batting team could reach a hefty 280, but some tidy bowling meant the score, in spite of a late surge by the Aussies, just about reaches 260. Better fielding could've made it a more reachable total but the Windies will feel like they're still in with a chance here. Join us in a while for live updates when West Indies start their chase. Can they make the 260 runs they need to win the world cup, capping off an incredible fairy-tale story? We'll find out in about 3 hours!

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AUSTRALIA Score: 249/7 II Overs: 49 (Fields 28*, Perry 23*)

Good bowling by Taylor, but she still goes for 7, thanks primarily to a wonderful shot by Perry, slogging it out at the end. An over to go and this seems like a good score for the women in yellow.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 242/7 II Overs: 48 (Fields 26*, Perry 18*)

Good batting here from the two, Perry in particular. Fields starts the over with a four before taking a single. Perry then grabs a couple of boundaries, one four and a neat six over midwicket to end the over, and spoils Mohammed's figures in her final over. She ends with 1-61 off her 10 overs, going for 15 in that last one.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 227/7 II Overs: 47 (Fields 21*, Perry 8*)

A steady over by Campbelle which goes for a run a ball.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 220/7 II Overs: 46 (Fields 18*, Perry 5*)

Mohammed's 9th turns out to be quite the eventful over. First ball is driven excellently by the Aussie captain for an elegant four. The next ball saw a mix-up between the two Aussies, yielding no run and a run out chance which didn't quite materialise for the Windies. Next ball is a poor full toss hit to square leg who dives, and it's at a good even height, but fails to hold on. Saved four runs perhaps? Mohammed doesn't see it that way.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 214/7 II Overs: 45 (Fields 13*, Perry 4*)

Campbelle bowls a 'belle' over, keeping it tidy. Just two off that one. Aussies need to push on if they want to reach that 250 mark.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 212/7 II Overs: 44 (Fields 12*, Perry 3*)

Everytime you think the Aussies could finish strongly, someone gets out. This time it's Osborne who waltzes down the track and hits one straight down Quintyne's braids. Mohammed gets her first of the game and the Aussies hiccoughing till the end here. I do love Mohammed's run-up, though. Sweetest hop ever! Oh, Ellyse Perry is the new woman in.

Osborne c Quintyne b Mohammed 7 (12b)

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AUSTRALIA Score: 208/6 II Overs: 43 (Fields 11*, Osborne 7*)

The 200 comes up and the batspersons are trying to push on. Fields sweeps one for four thanks to a poor full-toss from Kyshona Knight, who's back into the attack, bowling her third over.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 199/6 II Overs: 42 (Fields 5*, Osborne 5*)

A couple of silent overs and we're into the slog overs already. Not too many wickets in hand for the Aussies though so it remains to be seen how many risks they're willing to take and how late they leave it.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 192/6 II Overs: 40 (Fields 1*, Osborne 2*)

It's all going pear-shaped, or rotten mango-shaped, or the Aussie eves here as another one falls to Quintyne's lulaby balls. Coyte tried to thwack that to long on but the pace meant she only got enough power to lob it to mid on where a delighted Daley pouched it safely. So that's three wickets for Quintyne and her figures, at the end of the spell, read: 10-1-27-3. Erin Osborne's in now.

Coyte c Daley b Quintyne 7 (12b)

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AUSTRALIA Score: 190/5 II Overs: 39 (Fields 1*, Coyte 7*)

Another tidy over from Taylor and the powerplay has belonged to the Caribbean team. Quintyne in to finish off, she's picked up two wickets already!

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AUSTRALIA Score: 189/5 II Overs: 38 (Fields 1*, Coyte 6*)

Quintyne back into the attack and she's got another one. Good period of play for the Windies once again. Sthalker must go as the Windies, in typically Caribbean style, celebrate with a dance. That was swept again and it didn't go as planned. Campbelle at square leg moved a couple of steps to the right and took it comfortably. Good catch!

Captain awesome Jodie Fields is in now. Two new batspeople at the crease and the game is swinging back towards the women in maroon. On a side-note, why has Dottin not bowled yet? She's taken a fair few wickets this tournament already.

L Sthalekar c Campbelle b Quintyne 12 (20b)

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AUSTRALIA Score: 186/4 II Overs: 37 (Sthalekar 12*, Coyte 5*)

Coyte starts strongly too, sweeping one emphatically or four. But an otherwise good over by Taylor. Just 4 off it.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 182/4 II Overs: 36 (Sthalekar 12*, Coyte 1*)

My live-update-curse has struck again. Daley's back to finish her final two overs and the first ball is swept in the air to the backward square leg boundary by a confident Cameron. But a couple of balls later she goes for another big one, but fails to clear Kyshona at deep mid wicket who takes a safe and comfortable catch. That was a nothing ball and she's very lucky to get a wicket off that! An important innings comes to an end, but she's set it up perfectly the rest of the line-up. Sarah Coyte comes in.

Jess Cameron c Kyshona b Daley 75 (76b)

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AUSTRALIA Score: 177/3 II Overs: 35 (Sthalekar 12*, Cameron 71*)

The batsmen seem to have gotten their collective eyes in and are playing confidently. Last time I said this a wicket fell. Aussie fans are telling me to just shut the heavens up! Cameron, though, slams another four to move on to a run-a-ball 71. A century firmly in sights now and she deserves it too. The second powerplay, meanwhile, comes into effect.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 169/3 II Overs: 33.5 (Sthalekar 11*, Cameron 64*)

These little misfields aren't helping the West Indians one bit. Not like misfields ever help any team. But that one at cover-point by Smartt, who's having an absolutely awful day by the way, has given Sthalekar her first boundary. A couple of balls later, Smartt misfields again and then limps to a halt. She looks in pain and the physio takes her off. My heart gos out to her. She's had an all-round shocker and that's been compounded with a painful injury. Can't quite tell what's the matter though. Not yet in any case. Hope she recovers and gets back on the field. Drinks have been taken as she's getting her back treated.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 162/3 II Overs: 33 (Sthalekar 6*, Cameron 62*)

Now Taylor's back into the attack as the Windies are changing it around a bit. Good over, given the situation, going for just 5.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 157/3 II Overs: 32 (Sthalekar 4*, Cameron 59*)

Not suprisingly Smartt's been taken off the attack again. She'd gotten 1 for 43 off just 5 overs. Way too expensive and her line was wayward too. Mohammed slows the pace, of the ball and the runs.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 154/3 II Overs: 31 (Sthalekar 2*, Cameron 58*)

Typo-sounding Sthalekar gets off the mark and Cameron hits Daley for a four now as the Aussies are taking a strong step forward. A good spell of play for the women in yellow here. Windies need to get rid of Cameron before she takes the game completely away.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 146/3 II Overs: 30 (Sthalekar 0*, Cameron 53*)

Big over for the Aussies; overly expensive for the West Indians. Smartt's gone for 19 in that over with Cameron smashing her for a four and two sixes, the first of which was on yet another free-hit. The no-ball trouble continues for Smartt, as does her poor game so far. The six to end the over was exquisite, Cameron lifting it stright over the bowlers head and beyond the ropes. Great shot! What a way to bring up her fifty. She's on 53 off 57 balls now. Pressure back on the Caribbean team.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 127/3 II Overs: 29 (Sthalekar 0*, Cameron 35*)

Daley's back and she continues her economical bowling. Just a single off the over.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 126/3 II Overs: 28 (Sthalekar 0*, Cameron 34*)

Blackwell's gone already and West Indies are edging it now. Smartt came back into the attack looking to make up for a poor first spell where she not only went for too many runs, but also struggled with keeping her foot behind the crease while three no-balls. A few widish deliveries later she bowls peach of a delivery just outside the off stump and Blackwell edges it through to the keeper. Lisa Sthalekar is the new woman in as Blackwell's 100th one-dayer doesn't quite take-off.

A Blackwell c Aguilleira b Smartt 3 (9b)

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AUSTRALIA Score: 124/2 II Overs: 27 (Blackwell 2*, Cameron 33*)

Sharp fielding and tight bowling from Quintyne makes for another quiet over. Her figures now read an impressive: 8-1-22-1. Will she save her last two for later?

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AUSTRALIA Score: 122/2 II Overs: 26 (Blackwell 1*, Cameron 32*)

Medium pacer Shemaine into the attach now and she puts in a lacklustre first over, gifting Cameron a short ball outside off which had 'hit me for a sparklingly awesome boundary' written all over it. In French, for some weird reason, or should I say raison.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 116/2 II Overs: 25 (Blackwell 0*, Cameron 27*)

Big, timely wicket here for the Windies as Haynes top edges a slow, straight ball from Quintyne as she attempts to play it, cross batted, on the leg side. The balls lobs into Kyshona's safe hands at mid-wicket, who takes a neat catch running back a bit. Sees it through to her hands though; graet technique. Important breakthrough here, and just as Haynes was starting to look good. Alex Blackwell is the new woman in.

R Haynes c Kyshona A Knight b Quintyne 52 (74b)

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AUSTRALIA Score: 112/1 II Overs: 24 (Haynes 51*, Cameron 24*)

And that's the fifty run partnership. It's been slow, at around 4 runs per over, but they need to make it count now that they've played themselves in. Haynes, on her part, has brought up her fifty as well. She started slowly but has gained in confidence. Speaking of confidence, Cameron lofted one back over the Kyshona's head for four to end the over. Fine shot that! She moves on to 24 off 35.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 101/1 II Overs: 23 (Haynes 45*, Cameron 19*)

The hundred is up for Australia in another tight over. Good bowling from Quintyne here. Meanwhile, at the other end, Kyshona A Knight will run her arm over.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 99/1 II Overs: 22 (Haynes 44*, Cameron 18*)

Finally the Aussies get a much-needed boundary as Haynes reverse-sweeps Mohammed fine for a four down to the third man fence. Good over at long last for the Aussies.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 91/1 II Overs: 21 (Haynes 39*, Cameron 16*)

The run-rate's dropping, and the spinners have the Aussies tied down. Just three off that last Quintyne over. Her figures now read: 5-1-14-0.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 88/1 II Overs: 20 (Haynes 37*, Cameron 15*)

Another quiet over and that's 20 overs up. 88 on the board isn't bad for either team. The next ten overs will be important though, as Australia look like they're building a strong platform to launch themselves later on.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 86/1 II Overs: 19 (Haynes 36*, Cameron 14*)

A maiden by Quintyne. The drinks just settling in their tummies as it seems all quiet now. Good crowd coming in though, so no silence on that front.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 86/1 II Overs: 18 (Haynes 36*, Cameron 14*)

Much better fielding by the Windies there as this over could so easily have been more expensive than it ended up. Mohammed bowling at around 58mph and Cameron is almost playing her twice before the ball reaches the bat. It's drinks already and the right time for the fileding side to re-group. It's also the ideal time for me to get myself a hot cuppa. Coffee anyone?

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AUSTRALIA Score: 81/1 II Overs: 17 (Haynes 32*, Cameron 13*)

Misfields creeping in now as the Windies don't look completely settles yet. 17 year-old Quintyne bowls a good over though and doesn't let the batsmen have it easy.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 77/1 II Overs: 16 (Haynes 29*, Cameron 12*)

Anisa Mohammed, star spinner, now comes into the attack. The Windies need another wicket soon and she may be just the woman to do that. She's bowling immeasurably slowly and that's slightly unsettling as well. Her best bowling figures are 7-14. Take that Sunil Narine. Haynes, though, doesn't care as she cuts one to the backward point boundary to end a reasonably quiet over.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 70/1 II Overs: 15 (Haynes 24*, Cameron 10*)

Runs coming comfortably again and Australia look in command once more. Lanning, having gotten in, must be upset with herself for getting out so tamely. Only three of Shaquana Quintyne's second over, but the batsmen look in control.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 67/1 II Overs: 14 (Haynes 22*, Cameron 9*)

Attacking intent shown by Cameron as she comes down the pitch to Taylor and lofts the ball on the on-side, wide of deep midwicket. Haynes, who's been fairly silent so far, also pitches in with a sweep that goes fine to the fine-leg boundary. Good over for the Aussies just when it was looking like they were getting bogged down. Ten off that over.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 57/1 II Overs: 13 (Haynes 17*, Cameron 4*)

Cameron sweeps one to the fence on the leg side, but Quintyne's first over has been reasonably on target otherwise. Just the 4 off it. Cameron's off the mark as well.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 53/1 II Overs: 12 (Haynes 17*, Cameron 0*)

And a maiden by the maiden there. I couldn't keep that one away, sorry! So tight bowling by the spinners here.

Relevant Trivia: A bit of a 'Did You Know' thrown in for good measure. Did you know that the first women's cricket world cup was played before the male counterpart? While West Indies won the first ever men's Cricket World Cup played in England in 1975, hosts England won the first ever Women's World Cup, played in 1973, also held in England!

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AUSTRALIA Score: 53/1 II Overs: 11 (Haynes 17*, Cameron 0*)

Another excellent over from Daley whose figures now read: 6 overs, none for 19 runs. Crucial period of play here.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 52/1 II Overs: 10 (Haynes 16*, Cameron 0*)

Lanning goes trying to hit one too many. Taylor tossed one up first and Lanning came down the track to chip it to the long off boundary for four to bring up the fifty-run opening stand. The very next ball, Taylor bowls it a little flatter and Lanning tries the same thing, but only succeeds in hit one straight to the fielder at mid off. The danger-woman is gone and the Windies celebrate their first success in the final. Jess Cameron the new lady in.

Lanning c Kyshona Knight b Taylor 31 (41b)

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AUSTRALIA Score: 48/0 II Overs: 9 (Haynes 16*, Lanning 27*)

Another good and silent over from Daley as the Aussies look to play it safe against the spinners.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 44/0 II Overs: 8 (Haynes 13*, Lanning 27*)

Taylor begins well and spin seems to be the better option for the Windies, even though Lanning swept that last one for four. Australia playing steadily here.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 38/0 II Overs: 7 (Haynes 12*, Lanning 22*)

Another quiet over from Daley as the Aussies just push it around. Spin seems to be doing well here and Smartt's also going to be replaced by Stefanie Taylor from the looks of it. The no-balls really spoilt Smartt's start and never got into a proper rhythm.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 36/0 II Overs: 6 (Haynes 11*, Lanning 21*)

Smart first ball by Smartt, swinging in, and an inside edge onto the pads just saves Lanning. But the over's gone downhill from there with a couple of no-balls ruining it towards the end, after Haynes had swiped one off her pads to the square leg boundary. Some good fielding from the Windies though.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 28/0 II Overs: 5 (Haynes 6*, Lanning 20*)

A tighter over from Daley as she concedes just three runs, but the batsmen haven't really been troubled yet.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 25/0 II Overs: 4 (Haynes 6*, Lanning 18*)

Australia have started well here. Haynes did get an edge off a wide wayward delivery from Smartt, but it fell well short of slips. Lanning punished a loosener for a boundary later in the over. This looks like a good batting track and we could be in for a big total from the Aussies.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 18/0 II Overs: 3 (Haynes 5*, Lanning 13*)

Nine runs off this over as both openers are looking steady and attacking. Haynes gets a boundary off Daley's first ball in the second over and Lanning hits one of her own on the fifth ball.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 9/0 II Overs: 2 (Haynes 0*, Lanning 9*)

Lanning's started strongly here, smashing two conseuctive boundaries off Smartt's first over. They'll be looking to get some early runs here and Lanning looks in fine form.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 1/0 II Overs: 1 (Haynes 0*, Lanning 1*)

A quiet first over. Both teams probably just calming their nerves here.

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AUSTRALIA Score: 0/0 II Overs: 0 (Haynes 0*, Lanning 0*)

Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning will open the batting for the Aussies. Shanel Daley's left-arm spin will start the proceedings for the Windies.

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Toss: Australia has won the toss and elected to bat first.

Teams

West Indies: Mohammed, Aguilleira, Dottin, Taylor, Daley, Smartt, Campbelle, Kycia A Knight, Kyshona A Knight, McLean, Quintyne.

Australia: Haynes, Lanning, Cameron, Blackwell, Sthalekar, Feilds, Coyte, Osborne, Perry, Hunter, Schutt.

Preview:

Mumbai: The West Indies women take on five-time world champions Australia in the final in Mumbai. An underdog Windies team has put together a fine string of performances to reach this far, something no one would have predicted before the tournament began.

Read the full preview of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 Final – Australia vs West Indies»

The two teams met at the Super Six stage recently where the Caribbean team registered their first ever win over a strong Aussie team as they beat them by 8 runs, giving them momentum and belief as they head into Sunday’s big clash. It all depends on the Windies unpredictable form in the finals as they’ve oscillated between painfully awful to sublimely excellent over the duration of the tournament.

The Aussies, meanwhile, have been far more consistent and their loss to West Indies in their final Super Six game has been their only defeat in the World Cup. This is set up to be a David versus Goliath match-up, but given their recent encounter, it could be quite the fairytale for the Caribbean women.

First Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 22:06


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