Monday 4 Apr 2016
Captain Meg Lanning and coach Matthew Mott on the loss
Thursday 31 Mar 2016
Meg Lanning praises Stars for keeping their cool in a pressure-laden women's World Twenty20 semi-final against England
Inconsistency has plagued the Southern Stars at the World Twenty20 but a capacity to thrive under pressure has them primed for a fourth straight title.
Australia are one win away from lifting the same trophy they did in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
The contest was a textbook example of what pressure can do to sides in knockout fixtures.
England required 44 runs off 39 balls, having cruised to 1-89 in their pursuit of 133 at New Delhi.
A collapse of 6-28 followed.
It was a combination of false strokes and fine bowling, especially from quicks Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry.
England delivered their worst under the pump, while Australia produced their best.
Southern Stars skipper Meg Lanning, who top-scored with 55 to be named player of the match, never panicked and the same can be said of her teammates.
Lanning was full of praise for her attack, which fired late after spraying the ball all over the place early on.
"It gives us a good blueprint of what we need to do under pressure," Lanning said.
"We didn't start that well with the ball, we gave away some free runs and extras and probably bowled a little bit wide.
"We know our last 10 overs are very good .. I've got full faith in all of our bowlers to be able to come back and restrict them at the end."
Lanning was typically self-effacing after yet another outstanding innings from the No.1 ranked batter in the world.
"Full credit to the bowlers," the 24-year-old said.
"We needed someone to try and bat through and that turned out to be me. I would have liked to have got a few more boundaries towards the end.
"I was disappointed with that ... we probably could have got up to 145-150 if we had a good finish so that's something definitely to work on."
Lanning's side will travel to Kolkata on Thursday, when West Indies and New Zealand clash in Mumbai.
The extra day's rest will be a bonus but Lanning knows the final be tough no matter who Australia face.
"We've got ourselves there now. We've just got to enjoy it and play our best," she said.
Listen to Meg Lannings full post-match interview
Sunday 27 Mar 2016
The Southern Stars secured their spot in the semi-finals sorting out the net run rate concerns with a convincing victory against Ireland. The Australians made the 92 runs needed for victory with 40 balls to spare.
Elyse Villani starred with the bat falling just 7 runs short of a 50 when caught by O'Reilly. Her innings included six boundaries. Villani's partnership with Ellyse Perry (29 not out) saw the Stars' home.
Ireland's Clare Shillington and Cecelia Joyce started their innings well scoring an unchallenged 33 runs before Beth Mooney caught Shillington off Megan Schutt. Schutt nabbed three wickets (3-29) while Rene Farrell (2-11), Kristen Beams (0-14) and Jess Jonassen (0-14) also impressed.
Catch the highlights here.
Friday 25 Mar 2016