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Australia beat India to cruise into women's ICC final

ICC Women's World Twenty20, St Lucia:
Australia 123-3 beat India 119-5 by seven wickets

Match scorecard

Rene Farrell picked up the early wicket of Sulakshana Naik
Rene Farrell picked up the early wicket of Sulakshana Naik

Australia powered into the final of the Women's ICC World Twenty20 with an accomplished seven-wicket win over India in their semi-final in St Lucia.

They will play either West Indies or New Zealand in Sunday's final.

Skipper Alex Blackwell promoted herself to number three in the order and hit 61 from 49 balls as India's 119-5 proved an easy enough target to chase down.

Ellyse Perry was the pick of the Aussie bowlers, the teenager taking 1-19 in four overs of top-quality seam bowling.

A 57-run stand from 52 balls between Poonam Raut (44) and Harmanpreet Kaur (24) was the mainstay of the India innings, but they generally lacked the power to hit regular boundaries.

Australia lost a wicket in the first over of their chase, Jhulan Goswami bowling Ellyse Villani with a delivery that deflected off bat and thigh-pad.

But Blackwell recaptured the initiative with eight boundaries, adding 74 from 60 balls in a stand with Leah Poulton (30 not out) that effectively decided the contest.

Poulton's lofted straight drive for four off Gouher Sultana wrapped up the game for the Aussies with seven balls to spare.

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see also
England's women sign off with win
09 May 10 |  Women's cricket
England women bow out after loss
07 May 10 |  Women's cricket
'Poor batting' cost English women
08 May 10 |  Women's cricket
Aussies beat England in thriller
05 May 10 |  Women's cricket
Women's World Twenty20 2010
17 May 10 |  Women's cricket

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