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After a fortnight of matches spread across Mumbai and Cuttack, the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 prepares for a finale between five-time champion Australia and the West Indies at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
It would have taken a brave man to predict that the West Indies would be one of the finalists, especially after the drubbing it received at the hands of India in the tournament opener. After barely managing to squeeze into the Super Sixes on the back of a superior net run-rate, the West Indies – which could not afford a single defeat in its three Super Six matches -- won all its matches to secure a berth in the final for the first time ever.
At the forefront of its meteoric rise have been Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin, who’ve set the stage on fire with some blistering strokeplay. Taylor, ranked No. 1 in the ICC batting rankings, is the second highest run-getter in the tournament with 309 runs. The team has relied on her to provide the impetus upfront, but her responsibility doesn’t end there. She has also been used as a very handy spin option by Merissa Aguilleira, the captain.
However, the X factor has been Dottin. With nine wickets to go with 204 runs, she will clearly be the one to watch out for. Dottin’s contributions have come at vital stages, her knock of 60 setting up an eight-run win over Australia in its final Super Six clash. Australia will have the added pressure of being the favourite. Although the side has managed to win five out of its six games in the tournament so far, there have been signs of inconsistency in the batting department. The team management would not have taken the manner in which the West Indian slow bowlers stifled Australia in the last Super Six clash.
Despite getting off to starts, no Australian batter has managed to get totals of substance. There have been just three fifties and one century in six matches so far, and Australia will be hoping for a good platform from Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning. The middle-order’s patchy form has been a cause of concern with Jess Cameron and Lisa Sthalekar looking extremely vulnerable early on. The bowling unit, however, has been in tremendous form. The team management will be faced with a tough decision of leaving out one of its promising pacers, with Ellyse Perry, who missed the last three games due to an ankle injury, all set to return.
The toss could prove to be vital, given that all three day-night matches at the Brabourne Stadium have seen the side batting first winning.