Taylor powers England eves to finals

Published: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 18:16 [IST]
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London: A spectacular knock by Claire Taylor ( 76*) steered England to dramatic eight-wicket victory over Australia and storm into the final of the women's Twenty20 World Cup on Friday.

Chasing a stiff target of 164 to win, the hosts rode on Taylor's 53-ball unbeaten knock and her match-winning 122-run partnership with Beth Morgan (46) to romp home with three balls to spare.

It was a remarkable come-from-behind victory for England who looked down the barrel at one stage but Taylor and Morgan unleashed a flurry of strokes in the later half of the innings to leave the Aussies in a daze.

England will now take on New Zealand in the final at the historic Lord's on Sunday.

Earlier put into bat, Australia rode on some useful contribution from Leah Poulton (39 off 31), Shelley Nitschke (37 off 25) and Karen Rolton (38 off 32) to post a competitive 163 for five in stipulated 20 overs.

England suffered a jolt losing both its openers Sarah Taylor (6) and Charlotte Edwards (25) before reaching 50 for two in the ninth over.

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