Colombo, Oct 4: Defending champions Australia will face West Indies in the second semi-final of ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 here on Friday.
The women's fixture will take place ahead of the second men's semi-final which is also between West Indies and Australia.
West Indies finished top of Group B after a rocky group stage, beating New Zealand in their first match by seven wickets, before losing to Sri Lanka by five runs in a rain-affected match (D/L method), and then finishing with an emphatic victory against South Africa, winning by 10 wickets.
Australia finished second in Group A, after winning their opening matches against India by eight wickets with 16 balls remaining, and Pakistan by 25 runs in another rain-affected match (D/L method). However, the side lost its final group match against England by seven wickets, with 11 balls remaining.
West Indies, who qualified for the tournament after winning the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh in 2011 without losing a match, will be looking to its big hitters to lead the way.
West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira, said the team's bounce-back, after losing to Sri Lanka in the group stages, was a matter of keeping things simple and playing with an uncluttered mind. "We knew we had quality and ability. The match against Sri Lanka wasn't up to our standards, so we just spoke about improving and playing without any worry."
Similarly, Australia's loss to England in the group stages is in the past now, and the focus of the team, and captain Jodie Fields, is on the dangerous West Indies side. "We are quite happy to be in the semis right now and it's great that we are playing West Indies," said Fields after the team reached Colombo.
Looking forward to the semi-final, the Australia captain is wary of West Indies' dangerous players: "West Indies is a very talented side and they have a couple of very talented players like Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor," said Fields. "So we need to go deep with our planning, train harder and if we have a disciplined performance and dominate throughout the match, we should win."
Second women's semi-final: West Indies Vs Australia at R Premadasa Stadium on Friday October 5 from 2.30 PM IST