WI Women hoping to break semi-final jinx
MUMBAI, India (CMC):
West Indies Women are determined to break their semi-final jinx when they clash with New Zealand Women in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Wankhede Stadium here today.
The Caribbean side have never reached a T20 World Cup final, having fallen at the final four at each of the last three events, and captain Stafanie Taylor believes her side is poised to finally get over this mental hurdle.
Taylor, meanwhile, has been the most consistent batsman with scores of 40, 40, 35 and 47 at the top of the order, while those around her have struggled.
"Today in training, I actually said at the meeting that I think this is the fourth time that we will be in the semi-finals, and this time around it's not actually against Australia, so I think maybe that's a plus for us," Taylor told a media conference here yesterday.
"But we definitely want to cross this barrier. We've been here too many times not to know how to approach it, and today, at training, the vibes there was fantastic, and that's what I want to see going into tomorrow's game, so we just hope we can put our best foot forward and go out there hard."
This time around, the Windies Women have a special belief which has been further bolstered by the success of the Under-19 West Indies team at the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.
"We've been talking about since the time the Under-19s won the tournament. It's more like an inspiration for us," Taylor noted.
"We know that we came close in the past and this is like more drive to actually go out there and do the job and to see that both men or in the semi-final, and playing at the same ground I think that's fantastic. We definitely just want to go out there and do our best."
She added: "On Twitter and Facebook, it's just blowing up to know that both of us are actually in the semi-finals. Everybody is just behind us a hundred per cent and giving us good feedback.
"It's about us going out there and actually doing it. I think it's a mental thing tomorrow ... they say 75 per cent of the game is played there (mind) and I think it's on that day who is actually more composed. If we try to do that, we can pull this off."