Women’s World Cup: Stefanie Taylor blames dropped catches for loss against Australia in semi-final
Women’s World Cup: West Indies captain Stefanie Taylor expressed disappointment after her team was hammered by Australia in the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup semi-final.
Australia defeated West Indies by 158 runs in the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 here at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday, thanks to a magnificent century from Alyssa Healy and an exceptional cameo from Rachael Haynes.
“When you look at it, it’s that partnership that deflated the whole team, that’s what the Australians did well. They absorbed the pressure and then they upped the ante, I find out that we couldn’t get over that and the amount of drop catches never helped us in the field. To chase that total you have to be positive, we needed someone from the top four to be positive and we just never had that. Deandra tried and I guess we needed a burst like against India or something like that to get that momentum going towards the end,” said Stefanie Taylor in a post-match presentation.
“When you have Rashada who is a stroke player and Deandra hits the ball hard. And we find that both of them compliment well each other and with me. And Hayley next if both of us are, we can get the team over. It was really hard but we were actually looking to get something from the game, at least get to 200. For me, personally just a bit disappointed with my performance especially with the bat. Earlier I was carrying a niggle with my bowling and it was a bit hard for me personally,” she added.
In a rain-curtailed game, Australia scored 305/3 after Healy hammered 129 from 107 balls. Also Haynes struck 85 from 100 deliveries to put up 216 runs for the first wicket.
Batters Stafanie Taylor (48) and Shemaine Campbelle (8) aimed to beat Australia’s total of 306 runs. West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor (48) was a lone figure in the run chase. While Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews both scored 34 runs at the top of the order. They received little support as Australia eased to victory.
The winner of the second semi-final, which will be played on Thursday between England and South Africa, will face Australia.