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Windies women into first T20 final

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Photo: West Indies Women celebrate after defeating the New Zealand Women to advance to the Women's World Twenty20 final for the very first time. The West Indies will face the three times champions Australia in the finals on Sunday. (Photo courtesy ESPN CRICINFO)

Led by a brillant half-century from Britney Cooper the West Indies beat New Zealand by six runs in Mumbai on Thursday to reach the Women's World Twenty20 final for the first time.

Cooper who scored her first half-century of her T20 career made 61 off 48 balls, guiding the Caribbean women to 143 for six in their 20 overs after they were sent in to bat by the Kiwis women.

Cooper scored five fours and two sixes before she was caught by Rachel Priest off Sophie Devine, who was New Zealand best bowler taking four wickets for a meanly 22 runs.

Captain Stafanie Taylor contributed 25 runs and Deandra Dottin 20 round out the top scorers for the Island women. New Zealand found it hard to get going and it did not get easier as they were under pressure from Off-spinner Taylor restricting them to 137 for eight off 20 overs with Taylor claiming three wickets for 26 runs.

New Zealand openers Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest did not do any real damage to the target after both went back to the pavilion for just 12 and six runs respectively.

Sara McGlashan who top-scored with 38 runs put on a 59 run fourth wicket partnership with Amy Satterthwaite who got 24 runs. Both went back to the pavilion in the same fashion holding out to Shemaine Campbell in the deep from successive Taylor deliveries.

The lower order was left too much to do against a disciplined bowling unit and despite some terrible fielding in the last over bowled by the Windies women, New Zealand women was left 6 runs short.

The West Indies will take on three-time defending champions Australia, Sunday in Kolkata.

Source - ESPNCRICINFO