Australia will enter the contest as an overwhelming favourite, largely because of their performances in the first round where they went on to win all their matches and finished the table at the very top with 14 points.
The management will be extremely pleased with the performance of the players and they will be hoping for similar things in the matches to come.
As far as the performance of the players is concerned, top-order batter Meg Lanning has been the leading run-getter with 358 runs at an average of 59.66 along with the strike-rate of 86.88, which include one century and two half-centuries.
Along with her, left-handed batter Rachael Haynes has been also in great form with 344 runs at an average of 57.3 with the help of one century and one fifty.
In the bowling department, three bowlers are equal with eight wickets and all of them are spinners — Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner and Alana King.
West Indies will enter Wednesday’s contest as an underdog, because of multiple reasons. First is their horrible record against Australia in the 50-over format where they’ve just won once in 14 meetings and the other is they were rather lucky to cement their spot in the last four.
Their final match against South Africa was whitewashed and they got a prized point whereas India suffered a defeat in a nail-biting contest in their last outing of the first round against the Proteas.
After winning the first two matches in the competition, West Indies have only managed to win one out of the last five outings, something which would concern the management going into the knockout phase of the competition.
The most alarming aspect for the management going into the business end of the tournament is an overreliance on Hayley Matthews who is the leading run-getter for the team with 226 runs at an average of 37.66 along with the strike-rate of 81.88 which include a century, whereas he is also the leading wicket-taker for the side with 10 scalps to her name, four more than any other bowler in the squad. The coaching staff will be hoping to see other players put their hands up and made themselves count on the big stage.
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