Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver guided England into the Women's World T20 final after an eight-wicket win over India on Thursday.

Jones (53) and Sciver (52) combined for an unbroken 92-run partnership to see England past their target of 113 with 17 balls to spare.

Into a fourth final, England will face Australia on Saturday looking to win the tournament for the first time since the inaugural edition in 2009.

After electing to bat first in Antigua, India collapsed from 89-2 to 112 all out as Heather Knight (3-9) starred with the ball for England.

Kirstie Gordon (2-20) and Sophie Ecclestone (2-22) also played their parts, with India unable to get going after the departures of Smriti Mandhana (34), Jemimah Rodrigues (26) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (16).

Tammy Beaumont (1) and Danielle Wyatt (8) fell early in the chase, but Jones and Sciver led England to 116-2 and into the decider against three-time champions Australia.

Australia gained revenge for their Women's World Twenty20 final defeat two years ago with a 71-run victory over West Indies to seal a place in this weekend's showpiece.

In 2016 the Windies successfully chased down 149 to lift the title in Kolkata, but achieving something similar in Thursday's semi-final proved a step too far as they fell woefully short on home soil.

Alyssa Healy (46) and Meg Lanning (31) helped Australia reach 142-5 from their 20 overs in Antigua, the pair sharing a 51-run partnership for the second wicket.

Late runs from Rachael Haynes (25 not out) helped the Southern Stars to a competitive total, but they needn't have worried as West Indies' top order crumbled against disciplined bowling.

After Hayley Matthews' (5) run out in the second over, the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals through a string of poorly timed shots.

Australia caught well in the outfield to reduce the Windies to 45-6, Ellyse Perry (2-2) removing the dangerous Deandra Dottin for just six.

There was little resistance elsewhere in the batting line-up and only captain Stafanie Taylor (16) reached double figures as her side were skittled for 71, handing Australia a comprehensive victory.

The Windies' miserable performance with the bat was in stark contrast to Australia's display earlier in the match, even though they also lost an early wicket.

Healy and Lanning rescued the situation, while Ashleigh Gardner (14) and the unbeaten Haynes pushed them to double what West Indies would muster in their sorry response.

West Indies will be without captain Jason Holder for their upcoming tour of Bangladesh due to a shoulder injury.

Holder featured in the five-match one-day series in India but has suffered "a partial thickness tear of the subscapularis tendon in his shoulder," according to a West Indies Cricket Board statement.

While the skipper undergoes physiotherapy and rehabilitation in Barbados, Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the side for two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh.

"I am definitely disappointed not being able to make the tour to Bangladesh," Holder told the Barbados Cricket Association website.

"But based on the advice from the medical team, we felt this was the best course of action to deal with the ongoing issues I have been having with my shoulder and prevent further damage.

"I've been having issues with my shoulder since the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March. Since then I have been trying to manage it and the pain levels, but it has got to a point now where I've got to take time to correct it so that going forward I have no further issues.

"Obviously I am disappointed to miss the tour but I know the boys are capable of beating Bangladesh."

All-rounder Raymon Reifer takes Holder's place in the touring party in the only change from the group that travelled to India.

Chittagong and Mirpur host the two Test matches, with the latter venue sharing the limited-overs fixtures with Sylhet.
 

West Indies squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Shermon Lewis, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican.

Chris Gayle blasted 54 runs from just 30 balls to help the Balkh Legends to a 171-run victory over the Nangarhar Leopards in the semi-finals of the Afghanistan Premier League on Friday.

 

Fabian Allen powered St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to a thrilling two-wicket victory with two balls to spare that takes them temporarily to the top of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) while inflicting a sixth straight defeat on the Barbados Tridents.

South African Colin Ingram is to replace Chris Lynn on the Trinbago Knight Rider roster for the remaining matches in the 2018 Hero CPL.

The Jamaica Tallawahs have added Ish Sodhi to their squad for the remaining matches of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League.

Anthony Bramble will captain a 14-member Windies ‘B‘ squad named to compete in the Cricket Canada Summerfest from Wednesday, August 29 to September 7, 2018.

 

Steve Smith scored 63 and took 2/19 as Barbados Tridents stole a remarkable two-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory against Jamaica Tallawahs in Florida.

St Lucia Stars crashed to a humiliating seven-wicket defeat to St Kitts & Nevis Patriots after collapsing to 69 all out inside 13 overs at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

A maiden T20 hundred from skipper Kieron Pollard, at last, propelled St Lucia Stars to a first Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory in 15 matches as the disappointment of 24 hours earlier was washed away in a dominant 38-run victory over Barbados Tridents.

Darren Sammy of the St. Luca Stars has slammed fans for called team captain Keiron Pollard a sell-out but urged them to come back out tonight to support the team as they go for their first win against the Barbados Tridents at Gros Islet.

Ross Taylor got off to a slow start last week during the Jamaica Tallawahs’ dramatic four-wicket win over the Trinbago Knight Riders. He made only 1 as the Tallawahs slumped to 41 for 5 before Captain Andre Russell’s heroics saved the day.

“Definitely the best T20 innings that I have ever seen.”

The Jamaica Tallawahs go into Tuesday’s game against St Lucia Stars wary of two things; the fact that they dodged a bullet in their last match against the Trinbago Knight Riders and that they have to be better against the Stars, who because they are winless, have nothing to lose.

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