Hello and welcome to the Basin Reserve in Wellington (by way of a sofa in South London) for this OBO of Australia v West Indies. This is the 14th match of what is proving to be a thrilling 2022 Women’s World Cup. The big question is, can anyone stop the Aussie juggernaut?
Meg Lanning’s side have swept away all comers in this format for the past few years and are three from three so far in the tournament, sitting satisfyingly atop the table whilst those below grapple it out.
Stafanie Taylor’s West Indies side have certainly had their moments so far in this World Cup and after seeing off New Zealand and England in closely fought squeakers™ they went into Saturday’s match with India full of beans. They were then well and truly hammered by India, centuries from Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana and a timid batting collapse bringing them back down with a bump. Deandra Dottin’s blistering 62 off 46 balls was the only real high point of their response and the Windies will likely need their premier all-rounder to step up today against the formidable Aussies if they are to snatch the points and announce themselves as real contenders for the crown.
Dottin has loomed large over the tournament already; runs, final over finishes and spectacular diving catches all part of her performance portfolio so far. Fingers crossed for more of the same pyrotechnics over the next few hours.
Jim here with the call for the first act. I’ll be back shortly with news of the teams and the toss, we’ll be underway at 11am local/9am AEDT/10pm GMT.
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