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Alana King four-for routs Barbados before Meg Lanning fires Australia into semis

Australia 68 for 1 (Lanning 36*) beat Barbados 64 (King 4-8, McGrath 3-13) by 9 wickets

A career-best 4 for 8 – and a close to hat-trick – for Australia legspinner Alana King led her facet to an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Barbados and into the Commonwealth Video games semi-finals.

Meg Lanning, the Australia skipper, went a great way in the direction of making up for dropping the catch that might have given King her hat-trick with an unbeaten 36 from 21 balls as she and Alyssa Healy mowed down a paltry goal of 65 with 71 balls to spare.

Tahlia McGrath and Ashleigh Gardner added three and two wickets respectively as Barbados’ skilled prime order crumbled and Australia stored them to a complete that was at all times going to be nigh on inconceivable to defend in opposition to such formidable opposition.

Gold-medal favourites Australia are prime of Group A with two wins from as many matches and so they face winless Pakistan of their last group recreation on Wednesday when India and Barbados, with one win every up to now, face off for the opposite semi-final berth.

Not this time, captain

Having scored a half-century and shared a 107-run partnership with Kycia Knight of their opening victory over Pakistan, Barbados captain Hayley Matthews cashed in as Darcie Brown struggled along with her line and size to start with. Matthews minimize Brown’s first ball via backward level for 4 like a rocket and unfurled a cracking cowl drive to search out the boundary once more three balls later. She steered the primary ball of Brown’s subsequent over via the covers then swung her over the leg facet for consecutive boundaries, however Brown responded when she had Matthews out making an attempt to swat her over the leg facet once more solely to sky the ball to a ready Grace Harris at mid-on. Matthews was livid with herself, falling for a 13-ball 18, which she wasn’t to know would make her the top-scorer of a dismal Barbados innings.

Dottin becalmed

When Matthews’ opening accomplice, Deandra Dottin clubbed Brown over further cowl for 4 it was her first shot in anger after dealing with a maiden from Jess Jonassen in simply the third over and she or he ended the powerplay with simply six runs from 20 balls confronted.

King entered the assault within the eighth over and struck along with her second ball, brushing the surface of Dottin’s entrance pad as she knelt right down to tuck the ball right down to superb leg proper according to center stump and umpire Sue Redfern’s lbw resolution was upheld when Dottin reviewed, the ball clearly hitting center stump a 3rd of the best way up. Dottin completed with simply eight runs from 22 balls with a meagre strike fee of 36.36.

King guidelines

McGrath struck second ball when she had Kycia Knight, Barbados’ top-scorer within the first match with an unbeaten 62, simply caught by Megan Schutt at deep backward sq.. Kyshona Knight then chipped Gardner to Harris at midwicket as Barbados slid deeper into hassle at 49 for 4 and into their inexperienced batters. Gardner was wonderful bowling her off-breaks, sending down 17 dot balls in her 4 overs and ending with 2 for six after she eliminated 18-year-old Trishnan Holder for nought to seal a double-wicket maiden.

McGrath completed with 3 for 13 as she ate into the tail but it surely was King who dominated on a sluggish pitch that has now staged six matches on this match. King accounted for Aaliyah Alleyne, taking a wild swing throughout the road of 1 that ripped out leg stump after which pinned Shamilia Connell on the again leg subsequent ball. King ought to have had her third instantly however 33-year-old worldwide debutant Keila Elliott’s edge popped straight out of Lanning’s palms at slip. Often so dependable within the area, Lanning lay face down on the turf for a while afterwards as King held her palms to her head, a courageous smile painted on her face.

Lanning makes amends

Lanning all however made up for her blunder when she led Australia previous the goal, letting free after a sedate begin. Healy was uncharacteristically quiet early – she confronted 14 balls for her first 4 runs after Australia misplaced Beth Mooney, stumped by Kycia Knight off the bowling of Shanika Bruce within the second over of their reply.

However Lanning punished some free balls from Dottin within the sixth over, which went for 25 runs to shut out the powerplay with Australia needing simply 23 runs extra. Again-to-back sixes swung powerfully over the leg facet – the second off a excessive full toss that was referred to as as a no-ball – in Dottin’s first over set Australia correctly on their method. A large preceded an unconventional 4 as Lanning stepped again and caught her bat out as she toppled forwards alongside her crease and managed to steer the ball to the boundary via third.

Healy then started to search out the rope with back-to-back fours off Matthews and Elliott within the subsequent two overs earlier than Lanning swatted Shakera Selman to the square-leg boundary to deliver up the successful runs and a powerful victory.

Valkerie Baynes is a basic editor at ESPNcricinfo

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