Stars crush Lankans to book spot in final
Cheers ... Erin Osborne and Lisa Sthalekar celebrate Australia's Super Sixes win over England on Friday. Photo: Getty Images
AUSTRALIA cruised into the women's World Cup final with a crushing nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Sunday.
The unbeaten Southern Stars made it five wins from as many matches in their best performance of the tournament.
Sri Lanka were dismissed for 131 off 45.2 overs in the Super Sixes match after being sent in by Australian captain Jodie Fields.
Australia knocked off the target in just 22.2 overs and booked their place in the final on February 17 in Mumbai with one round to spare.
Rachael Haynes (71 not out off 61 balls) and Meg Lanning (37 off 36) made light of the chase with an opening stand off 55 off 9.4 overs. Lanning blasted six fours and a six in a spectacular cameo, while Haynes belted nine fours and two sixes. Earlier, Sri Lanka struggled against both seam and spin, as slick fielding backed up the bowling.
All six bowlers picked up at least one wicket, but spinner Erin Osborne (3-9 off 10 overs) exerted a vice-like grip on the batters. Fields was delighted with her team's display.
''Something we really wanted to do today was to come out and put in an all-round performance and I think we've finally done that,'' she said.
Player-of-the-match Osborne, who returned her best ODI figures, said: ''We're just clicking at the right end of the tournament I think. Rachael Haynes was brilliant with the bat and all our bowlers were able to pick up wickets today.''
Australia complete their Super Six fixtures against the West Indies on Wednesday.