<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/australia-women">Australia Women</a> dethroned West Indies Women and booked a place in Saturday's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-womens-world-t20-2018">ICC Women's World Twenty20</a> final with a crushing 71-run victory in the first semi-final on Thursday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>Stunned by the Caribbean side in the 2016 final in Kolkata, the three-time champions were at their most ruthless to the dismay of a huge home crowd as they reached 142/5 batting first on a turgid pitch and then routed the West Indies for just 71 off 17.3 overs. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-womens-world-t20-2018-semi-final-india-leave-out-mithali-raj-for-world-t20-semi-final-against-england-768775">India leave out Mithali Raj for World T20 semi-final against England</a> <p></p> <p></p>Australia will face the winner of the second semi-final between England and India, being played later today, in Saturday's championship match at the same venue. <p></p> <p></p>Put in to bat on a pitch where the experienced three-time former champions found free scoring difficult, the Aussies were indebted again to the prolific <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/alyssa-healy">Alyssa Healy</a>, the opening batter top-scoring with 46 to earn her fourth Player of the Match award in five games so far in this tournament. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/womens-world-t20-australia-seal-semi-final-spot-with-hammering-of-new-zealand-765026">Australia seal semi-final spot with hammering of New Zealand</a> <p></p> <p></p>"It was really tricky out there given the fluffiness of the pitch," was her post-match assessment of the conditions. "I felt that once we got past 120 our bowlers would have had a good chance of defending that total." <p></p> <p></p>She had passed a late fitness test after sustaining a concussion in the field during their last group match against India in Guyana five days earlier. <p></p> <p></p>[caption id="attachment_768797" align="alignnone" width="1300"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/AlyssaHealySF.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-768797" alt="Alyssa Healy picked up another match award for her 46." src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/AlyssaHealySF.jpg" width="1300" height="731" /></a> Alyssa Healy picked up another match award for her 46. (Image: ICC)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Healy and captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/meg-lanning">Meg Lanning</a> produced the best partnership of the innings, putting on 51 for the second wicket. After Healy fell to legspinner Afy Fletcher and Lanning was bowled by allrounder Deandra Dottin, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/rachel-haynes">Rachael Haynes</a> struck a flurry of boundaries to reach an unbeaten 25 off 15 balls to give her side a fighting chance against the title-holders. <p></p> <p></p>She was particularly harsh on Dottin, who despite claiming the important wicket of Lanning, conceded 23 runs off two overs at the end of the innings. <p></p> <p></p>West Indian hopes of a strong reply evaporated in the early overs of their innings with openers Hayley Matthews and Dottin dismissed cheaply. Matthews was run out by wicketkeeper Healy while champion seamer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ellyse-perry">Ellyse Perry</a> accounted for Dottin, adding the scalp of Shemaine Campbelle to finish with the outstanding figures of 2/2 from two overs. <p></p> <p></p>She was not required by Lanning to return to the attack as the rest of the West Indies batting folded meekly, only captain Stafanie Taylor (16) getting into double-figures as all the bowlers shared in the rout, with seamer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/delissa-kimmince">Delissa Kimmince</a> and spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ashleigh-gardner">Ashleigh Gardner</a> also taking two wickets each.