'Sad to see': Cricket World Cup rocked by devastating moment
Australia's semi-final clash with West Indies at the women's cricket World Cup has been rocked by devastating scenes after Anisa Mohammed went down with a hamstring injury.
The Windies' vice-captain came into the match under scrutiny after some sub-par performances in the group stage.
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However the veteran was deemed worth the risk and was picked to play the do-or-die clash Wednesday.
Mohammed came back into the side after spinner Afy Fletcher was ruled out due to Covid-19, but the call backfired brutally.
Mohammed conceded 20 runs off two overs before she went down in agony while fielding.
The Windies star stayed down and clutched at her hamstring while attempting to field a ball on the boundary.
She was taken from the field on a medicab, with team officials announcing she would take no further part in the match.
Fans were left gutted for the 33-year-old veteran, with fears her international career will now come to an end.
Oh god, Anisa. That does not look good.
Chasing a ball running down to the boundary, Anisa Mohammed falls to the ground holding her left hamstring seemingly.
The Windies vice captain is getting medical attention now. #CWC22
— Lavanya (Following #CWC22) (@lav_narayanan) March 30, 2022
I hope that is not the way Anisa Mohammed's distinguished international career comes to an end. #AusvWI #CWC22
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) March 30, 2022
Anisa Mohammed has been on 180 ODI wickets since 12th March 2022. She's tied on 2nd place with Cathryn Fitzpatrick. No wickets in her last game, no wickets today. And by the looks of that injury, she's going to be there for a while. 😐
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) March 30, 2022
It doesn't look good.
Anisa Mohammed is out with a hamstring injury.#CWC22 pic.twitter.com/bCRKBCe1TV
— Women’s CricZone @ #CWC22 (@WomensCricZone) March 30, 2022
- Two lifelines for Rachel Haynes, one a dropped catch by Hayley Matthews of all people
- Anisa Mohammed was carted off after pulling her hamstring
- Fifties for Healy, Haynes
West Indies have hit a wall here in the first semifinal
Follow #AUSvWI live 👉 https://t.co/aVWtv55bWL pic.twitter.com/XJDDUYklDZ
— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) March 30, 2022
Anisa Mohammed + Deandra Dottin + Stafanie Taylor today: 9-0-83-0.
West Indies' big names have not pulled their weight today. #CWC22
— Mohit Shah (@mohit_shah17) March 30, 2022
That did not look good for Anisa Mohammed at all. The last couple of matches at the World Cup have not been kind, injury wise, to a few all-time greats. pic.twitter.com/Y1U1i3Gcng
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) March 30, 2022
So sad to see Anisa Mohammed to go down like that #hamstring #TeamWestIndies #CWC22
— Cricket Fan in Toronto (@HabsFanInTO) March 30, 2022
And now Anisa Mohammed has pulled up while chasing a ball to the fence. In a lot of pain. Looking really bad, the cart is being brought out. This is turning into a long list of things that could go wrong, going wrong for WI. https://t.co/76ekd8gJvO
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) March 30, 2022
Aussie batters star after West Indies bowl first
The Aussies made the most of the West Indies' decision to bowl first, passing 300 in the 45th over on their way to a monster total.
Alyssa Healy blasted 129 off 107 balls, while opening partner Rachael Haynes made 85 off 100 balls.
Fog brought dark skies to Wellington on Wednesday morning, where lingering drizzle delayed the toss and shortened the contest to 45 overs each.
Stafanie Taylor won the toss and elected to bowl at the Basin Reserve, where ground staff had been working for hours to clear water.
Australia captain Meg Lanning insisted she was "not too fussed" to be sent in despite the changeable conditions.
"The conditions I think are going to stay the same throughout the day," she said.
"It's a new wicket. There will be a bit in it early as we expect but we're looking forward to the challenge."
While the rain cleared for the 12.45pm (10.45am AEDT) start time, fog remained and kept visibility low and the temperature cool.
Australia are missing Ellyse Perry, who is recovering from back spasms suffered against South Africa eight days ago, and named an unchanged XI to the team that beat Bangladesh in Wellington on Friday.
The shortened match means the opening powerplay will lasted nine overs and bowlers were restricted to nine overs.
Despite the delays, Australia remain strong favourites to progress after a clean sweep of their group stage matches.
West Indies won just three of their seven matches, with their clash with South Africa washed out.
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