West Indies executed their plans well, says captain Aguilleira
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Emotionally overwhelmed after leading West Indies to their maiden World Cup final, skipper Merrissa Aguilleira today said her team is reaping the rewards for executing its plans accurately.
"Words can't express what I am feeling right now. I am completely overwhelmed. We have been through a lot as a team. Its god's blessings. We just have to be grateful and thankful to him," Aguilleira said after the Caribbeans beat five-time champions Australia by eight runs in the Super Six match today.
"We executed our plans well. We would like to have played the final here, it's a lucky venue for us," added the Windies wicketkeeper after her side scored its first-ever win over Australia in international cricket.
Chasing 164 put up, Australia came a cropper and were shot out for 156 in 48.34 overs. The Windies are now into into the February 17 summit clash for which the Aussies had already qualified ahead of today's game.
West Indies' victory shattered the dreams of defending champions England and New Zealand ahead of their last league game also held today.
Merissa praised her team's fielding and bowling display in defending the small score. Among those singled out were Deandra Dottin, who hit a whirlwind knock of 60 off 67 balls with 10 fours and a six to power the Windies to a total which became unachievable.
"Guess Deandra has the natural ability to stroke the ball well. It's a god-given talent. She is using it well, but she is not using it enough," said Aguilleira about the 21-year-old Dottin's display.
"The team has a lot of youngsters, a 17-year-old Anisa Mohammed bowled very well. Dottin excelled in fielding at point and (Shanel) Daley also fielded very well. Stefanie Taylor also performed very well," she added.
Daley grabbed 3 for 22 to apply the brakes on the Australians, Taylor grabbed 2 for 26 in 10 overs and Anisa bowled economically for figures of 0 for 38 in 9.