Calcutta: West Indies captain Stephanie Taylor said Saturday the team had “nothing to lose” against three-time champions Australia in the final of the World Twenty20 women in Calcutta.
Making his first final of T20 after missing the last three semi-finals, attempts Windies women have the opportunity to enter the history books with the men’s team fighting England for the big prize later Sunday.
It may be a rare hat-trick of titles for Windies cricket with young boys U-19 lifting the World Cup in February.
“It’s the first final for us. I know there will be some nerves around because it is the first time, but we just have to embrace it, just try to be calm and composed and just go there and fight for it,” Stephanie said reporters on the eve of the final on Sunday.
“But we are not intimidated by them. They have won three titles, we have nothing to lose. We have to be positive and relaxed”.
Fifth place in the West Indies built a constant urge to perform best in the semifinal against a New Zealand side that had emerged unscathed from the league.
The Australia-led Meg Lanning is on familiar ground after winning three consecutive titles, but the captain admitted that “tomorrow is a new day.”
If records only mattered, Australia would be the favorite to win on Sunday, having beaten the West Indies in all his previous eight International T20, but Lanning does not trust the challenge.