West Indies will face Australia in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final after claiming a six-run victory over New Zealand in Mumbai.
Brittany Cooper produced a match-winning innings, top-scoring with 61 from 48 balls as West Indies set the White Ferns a target of 144 to win.
Despite a 59-run fourth-wicket partnership between Sara McGlashan and Amy Satterthwaite, the Windies used superb variation of spin coupled with brilliance in the field to reach their first World Twenty20 final.
After the early dismissal of Hayley Matthews, Cooper and captain Stafanie Taylor recorded a 60-run second-wicket stand to steer the Windies’ innings.
New Zealand, who had won all four of their group games, had Sophie Devine to thank as her 4-22 saw West Indies finish on 143 for six.
Taylor would star with ball, taking three wickets, as the White Ferns could sustain the required run rate in their chase.
WEST INDIES WOMEN WIN BY 6 RUNS!#NZvWI New Zealand Women 137/8 (20 Overs). West Indies Women 143/6.
We’ve done it! Windies into one final!
— westindies (@westindies) March 31, 2016