Jones, Sciver power England into the final
England stormed into the final of the Women’s World T20 with a commanding eight-wicket victory over India in the second semi-final at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
After limiting the prolific Indians to 112 all out, the English batters had an easy work to do as an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 94 between Amy Jones (53 not out) and all-rounder Natalie Sciver (52 not out) saw them home comfortably.
England will now meet Australia in the finals on Sunday, November 25.
Alyssa Healy was again the stand-out performer with the bat as her top score of 46 lifted the Aussies to a competitive 142 for five batting first.
That innings saw her getting the fourth ‘Player of the Match’ award in five matches at this tournament after the Windies were routed for just 71 off 17.3 overs.
The hopes for a thrilling second semi-final vanished after the Indians lost their last eight wickets for just 23 runs after opting to bat first.
England captain Heather Knight finished with three wickets with her off-break on a helpful pitch while Kirstie Gordon was another of the slow bowlers to make full use of the conditions.
Her spell of two wickets included the all-important wicket of captain and dangerous batter Harmanpreet Kaur.
That dismissal triggered a batting collapse which took away the benefits of the earlier work by opener Smriti Mandhana (34 off 23) and Jemimah Rodriges, who contributed a run-a-ball 26.
Indians did not recall experienced batter Mithali Raj into the final eleven, as they chose to retain the same team which defeated Australia in their final group game in Guyana five days earlier.
West Indies, who were also unchanged for the fourth straight match, were again let down by their top-order batting in pursuit of a target of 143 to get into the finals.