ICC Women`s World Twenty20 semi-final, Delhi:
Australia 132-6 (20 overs): Lanning 55, Healy 25, Sciver 2-22
England 127-7 (20 overs): Beaumont 32, Edwards 31, Schutt 2-15
Australia won by five runs
England were knocked out of the Women`s World Twenty20 by Australia for the third tournament running after a five-run semi-final defeat in Delhi.
Meg Lanning hit a composed 55 and Alyssa Healy a rapid 25 as Australia compiled 132-6 amid a mixed England fielding performance.
In reply, Charlotte Edwards (31) and Tammy Beaumont (32) added 67 for the first wicket inside 10 overs.
But from there, England lost regular wickets to slump to 127-7.
Australia - seeking a fourth straight title - will play New Zealand or West Indies in the final in Kolkata on Sunday.
England, meanwhile, miss out on the final for the first time since 2010.
Classy Lanning guides Australia
After Healy and Elyse Villani got Australia off to a superb start with a partnership of 41 from 27 balls, the Southern Stars were in danger of faltering when both openers were dismissed in quick succession.
Lanning came to the crease having passed 30 only once in four innings in the tournament, but the world`s top-ranked T20 batter quickly set about demonstrating her class.
Scoring heavily behind square on the off side, Lanning hit six fours, adding 36 with Ellyse Perry.
As England came back into the game with late wickets, the Australia captain remained a serene presence at the other end - but she could not find any boundaries in the final four overs of the innings as Australia lost crucial momentum.
Fielding fumbles cost England
It was a mixed performance in the field by England, containing both moments of magic and costly instances of ineptitude.
In the closing overs, Natalie Sciver brilliantly ran out Alex Blackwell with a direct hit from deep midwicket, and Anya Shrubsole then accounted for Lanning with another superb piece of fielding, shattering the stumps from long-on.
However, earlier Edwards` side had fluffed two straightforward run-out chances, with Lanning reprieved by a poor Danielle Wyatt throw and Blackwell surviving after a Shrubsole fumble.
Crucial runs were also conceded by poor ground fielding, with the whole haphazard display summed up by the comical moment when an inattentive Natalie Sciver was hit on the head by Katharine Brunt`s throw.
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